Launceston has thudded back to earth after falling to a hungry North Hobart side by seven points.
Fresh from overcoming league leaders Lauderdale last weekend, the Blues were jumped in the first term as the home side piled on five consecutive majors.
The margin blew out to six goals before the Blues began to pull back ground, but their run was left too late as North Hobart secured its second win of the season 13.8 (86) to 11.13 (79).
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Launceston coach Mitch Thorp said the result showed that his young side was still finding its feet.
"They were too good for us," Thorp said.
"We're definitely a developing side and people were pretty quick to jump the gun a bit.
"I think we showed today when our effort wasn't there for four quarters that we got exposed, so it's a good learning opportunity for a young group that's been up for a month that if you don't bring your effort, if you don't bring your best, you'll get a little kick up the bum and that's certainly what we got today."
Star midfielder Fletcher Seymour continued his stellar year with 39 possessions but the Demons had a gun ball-winner of their own in Sam Darley, who finished as the game's best on ground.
Nathan McCulloch was also influential, Bailey Walker kept Thorp quiet after his seven-goal heroics last weekend and Colin Garland (five goals) had three majors early in the second term.
Last-term goals to Dylan Riley and Brendan Taylor had the Blues within five points in the dying minutes, but the Demons were able to lock the ball in their forward line to see the game out.
Thorp said the final outcome was a fair one.
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"To be honest if we had've snatched the win late we would have robbed North Hobart of a fantastic effort. They deserved the win today and we didn't," Thorp said.
"[The post-game message was] we're all in it together - it's a rollercoaster, footy, and it's an emotional game.
"Last week we were obviously on a real high and this week we're on a real low, but there's a lot of football left in the year."
Elsewhere, Glenorchy held off a spirited Clarence and Lauderdale easily accounted for Kingborough.
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