Teams from all over NSW descended on the Shoalhaven at the weekend, as the region hosted their annual junior Australian football representative carnival.
In the three boys divisions (under 13s, 15s and 17s) and one youth women's division, teams from Shoalhaven, Illawarra, Sapphire Coast and Central West went toe-to-toe against one another in a three-day round-robin format, before Sunday's deciders.
In the under 13 boys, Shoalhaven edged Sapphire Coast 34-21 and Illawarra smashed Central West 114-nil on Friday.
Then in round two, Illawarra downed Sapphire Coast 40-nil and Shoalhaven thumped Central West 73-nil.
In Saturday's final fixtures, Illawarra defeated Shoalhaven 78-12 and Sapphire Coast overcame Central West 87-nil.
These results meant Illawarra and Shoalhaven would have faced off in Sunday's grand final but with the former's sides being forced to return home due to the imposed COVID-19 lockdown, no decider was played - instead being replaced by mini-matches between the three remaining sides.
In the under 15 boys division, Sapphire Coast defeated Shoalhaven 47-2 on Friday night - with Illawarra smashing Central West 105-nil in the same round.
The next morning, Sapphire Coast downed Illawarra 35-13 and Shoalhaven belted Central West 87-12.
Later that day, Sapphire Coast outlasted Central West, while the Illawarra/Shoalhaven fixture was abandoned as the former returned home.
That was also the case in the under 17 boys and youth women's fixture between the two regions.
In other under 17 boys games, Illawarra defeated Central West (149-6) and Sapphire Coast (57-26), Sapphire Coast downed Shoalhaven (60-18) and Central West (116-12) and Shoalhaven proved too strong for Central West 45-30.
While in the women's clashes, Illawarra won against Central West (66-nil) and Sapphire Coast (65-7), Sapphire Coast edged Shoalhaven (3-1) and Central West (28-24) and Central West defeated Shoalhaven (28-7).
Saturday also featured two senior representative clashes between the Sapphire Coast and Central West.
The former was victorious in both games, winning the men 103-37 and the women 43-20.
Across the three days, games were shared between the Nowra Showground, West Street Oval and Bay and Basin Leisure Centre, while at Albatross' Tom Smith Oval, AFL South Coast hosted a gala day on Saturday for under nines and 11s club teams.
More than 150 junior stars, from clubs such as Shoalhaven Giants, Bomaderry Tigers, Bay and Basin Bombers, Figtree Kangaroos, Wollongong Lions and Northern Districts Tigers, took part of the six hours of competition.