FROM June 27 to 29, 88 of the Sapphire Coast's best players took to the field in Nowra to showcase the strength of the Sapphire Coast AFL with some brilliant results.
With players competing in the under 12's, 14's, 16's and senior grade, some outstanding football was on display for all involved with some great individual and team performances on display throughout the carnival.
With teams converging on Nowra from the Shoalhaven, Illawarra, Central West/Sth Riverina, the Central Coast and Newcastle the Stingrays got off to a brilliant start winning all three junior games against Central West/ Sth Riverina under lights.
Day two of the carnival started with the under 14's and under 16's being defeated by the might of Illawarra before the under 12's were able to produce some inspirational football to defeat the Illawarra. With their loss to the Illawarra the under 14's finished in a fantastic 5th position.
The main attraction for the Saturday's games was the senior men's fixture where the Stingray's were edged out by the South Coast AFL 11.2-68 to 17.14-166 with Scott Hay winning Sapphire Coast man of the match honours.
The semi-final’s started with the under 12 stingrays defeating the Central Coast 24 to 9 which set up a tantalising final with carnival new comers Newcastle. The good run of semi-final results unfortunately couldn't continue with the under 16's unable to take advantage of a strong breeze in the first quarter and eventually beaten by Illawarra with the boys finishing in third place.
With the under 12's looking to reverse their 2013 final result, the stingrays started strongly and were able to keep Newcastle at bay to claim the 2014 under 12 championship.
Congratulations and thankyou to all coaches, umpires, team managers and parents involved in the weekend carnival. The 2015 carnival will take place on of June 26, 27 and 28.