A nine-point second period made life difficult for Tasmania's under-16 boys as they finished the national championships in tenth place.
Competing against Queensland North for either ninth or tenth, the Tasmanians slipped to a nine-point deficit at the end of the first quarter but the 27-9 second term almost put the result beyond doubt with the Queenslanders leading by a massive 27 points at half-time.
The green and gold, through Ryley Haywood (17 points) and Lachlan Brewer and Lachlan Maynard (both 12) were able to match it with their opponents in Darwin throughout the last half with the final 93-65 result ensuring a 28-point win to the maroons.
Queensland captain Rory Hawke did a majority of the damage for the victorious side, claiming a massive 30 points at a solid 73 per cent two-point conversion to sink the Tasmanian ship.
The week-long national championships harboured two wins for the boys' side, claiming victories over New South Wales and Western Australia Country.
The Tasmanian girls suffered a 67-33 loss against Western Australia Metro.
The girls led 21-20 going into half time, but the Western Australians sparked after the break and were never challenged.
Charli Kay scored 13 points in the loss and the girls will play off for seventh against Queensland South.