Stingrays get in the party mood

The Illawarra Stingrays kick off their Mad Monday in East Corrimal. Picture: KIRK GILMOUR
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Mercury. Sport. Mad Monday. L to R FRONT. The Illawarra Stingrays womens football team kick off their Mad Monday in East Corrimal. Monday17 th September.Photo. Kirk Gilmour. Story. Tim Keeble

NSW WOMEN’S PREMIER LEAGUE

They didn’t capture a fourth straight NSW Women’s Premier League crown but the Illawarra Stingrays were in party mode yesterday.

Dethroned by Macarthur with Sunday’s 2-0 grand final loss, the Stingrays adopted an Olympic theme for Mad Monday celebrations.

“I’m the official,” captain Michelle Carney said of her outfit.

“I worked at the Sydney Olympics so I’ve got an official’s shirt and these feral blue pants.”

Carney said the loss still cut deep almost 24 hours later.

“It’s a great achievement to win three grand finals in a row and make a fourth, but it’s so disappointing because we dominated the game,” Carney said.

“Everyone has their own way of dealing with it but you could sense everyone was upset. We all know we should’ve won and it hurts even more today. I’m still sick about it.”

Carney remains undecided about playing with the Stingrays in 2013. She said it was too early to think about her future or that of her teammates.

“I’m not sure what everyone’s doing,” she said.

“I’m not sure what I’m going to do. Maybe I’ll keep playing, I don’t know.”

While they didn’t finish the year with a first grade title, the Stingrays claimed their maiden club championship, had three teams in grand finals and won the under 14 premiership.

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