Stingrays Match Reports: March 23, 2019
U12's: Coach Peter Aguilar
The Orca came out strong and fast against the Stingray U12s. A few quick scores early in the match by the Orca set the tone. But, our boys continued to play hard and didn't quit. Isaiah scored on a long kick return to open the 2nd half, but it wasn't enough to overcome the early deficit. The boys played their hearts out - Aaron fought all day even though he was sidelined for a bit with injury. Braeden, Manny, Ben, and the other forwards played well in the scrum and we came out on top there 9 times out of 10 - great effort! The backs we're a bit dinged up, but continued to fight hard. We especially appreciate those that continued to work hard and didn't let up regardless of the score. For our last tournament, the boys need to dig deep and find their passion and effort...let's finish on a high-note, Stingrays!! Man of the match goes to Ben who continued to carry runners on his back throughout the match and used every bit of effort to try to make something happen!
U14's: Coach Richard Lotz
Another fantastic day for the stingrays U-14's. The game was fast and furious from our side. ORCA had a bit larger and slower players so the Stingrays team speed shined. We were short a few players due to spring break activities so a number of SY players joined in. We had multiple scores from Eric and Wayan (as usual). Plus we had scores for the first time for a number of players. Giddeon, Nico and ELias scored fantastic tries in a dominating win. Joe and Davis had great runs and suffocating defense. Almost all the team was in new positions at one time or another, so congratulations for being able to adjust!!
U16 & U18's: Coach Peter Crick
The Stingrays headed south to Camarillo to a combined team tournament. South county Stingrays, Orca & Santa Ynez were matched up against San Luis Obispo, Arroyo Grande & Santa Maria our neighbors to our north in a two game mini tournament.
Spring break unfortunately played a major roll in attendance and the Stingrays were only able to produce around 7 dedicated players, but combined we were able to put a full 15 players onto the paddock. We were lucky enough to win both games with our local favorite "Thomo" converting the final try to put us over the top and pull out a dramatic come back from behind, victory in the second and final game.