Devonport proved true to their word on Saturday in their State League contest with powerhouse Glenorchy.
Co-captain Beau Sharman promised they would put in a better effort than what they displayed last time around against the Magpies from the South, which ended in a 154-point loss.
Glenorchy won by 37 points, 10.15 (75) to 5.8 (38), but the contest was a real arm wrestle after the visitors made a flying start to lead by 24 points at the first change.
This ability to dig in after early adversity, especially considering what went down between the two sides in round two, gave coach Mitch Thorp a reason to smile post-game.
“We’ve gone from being beaten by 150 by them to being right in the game,’’ he said.
“They started pretty well and our guys could have been excused for putting the que in the rack and saying it is ‘too hard’, but they continued to fight and show great character.
“Our want to play for each other and the team is pretty impressive, and I couldn’t speak more highly of the effort we put in today.”
It was a very physical and high-tackle game, with the MRP set to review some incidents.
Devonport’s leaders Thorp (two goals), Sharman, Brad Symmons and Dylan Riley, while Brayden Butler and Phil Davis were also strong.
Harrison Pearce and Josh Watts kicked two each for Glenorchy, with Connor Salter and Jaye Bowden their best.
The final match of the round saw Clarence have an easy victory over the Tigers, 16.15 (111) to 7.8 (50).