The stick of Kookaburras forward Blake Govers single-handedly cut down Tasmania's dream start to the Hockey One league.
Fresh from a 5-1 win over Adelaide Fire in Hobart, the Tigers' men's team ventured to Sydney Olympic Park full of confidence.
However, Govers' four-goal haul saw them brought down to earth with a 4-2 defeat as NSW Pride consolidated top spot on the ladder following their decisive 7-0 win against Canberra Chill last week.
A field goal from Sam McCambridge and penalty corner from captain Eddie Ockenden had Andrew McDonald's side 2-1 up at quarter-time before Govers, who had opened the scoring in the fifth minute, struck twice more before half-time and completed a penalty corner hat-trick after the break.
It was another one-player show in the women's fixture as Abigail Wilson was the only scorer in a 5-0 rout for the Pride. It followed a 4-0 defeat for Luke Doerner's Tassie team in their opening fixture against Adelaide Fire.
Tasmania's next fixtures will be against Brisbane Blaze at the Queensland Hockey Centre on Friday with the women playing at 6pm and the men at 7.30pm.
Ten men's teams and five women's kicked off Basketball Tasmania's State League on Saturday.
Kingborough Sports Centre hosted the opening exchanges with the men's comp featuring reigning premiers Penguin led by Coastal favourite Mason Bragg, two Launceston sides, Latrobe, Burnie and a host of powerful Southern outfits.
Kai Woodfall spearheads Launceston Lightning with young Jackson Lowe also keen to impress, Lightning Next-Gen will be headlined by under-20 state players Brad Templar and Troy Schaeche while the BTas HP team includes Riverside's national rep Sejr Deans.
The women's comp is expected to be dominated by NWBU premiers Latrobe including Launceston Tornadoes Ellie Collins, Sarah O'Neill and Brooke Brown.
Launceston Lightning features a core of the Tornadoes' NBL1 team in Jess Johnston, Jayde Brazendale, Aishah Anis and veteran Alicia Riley while Tayla Roberts will play for Kingborough-Huon.