A back-and-forth contest between the Tasmanian Devils (4.6.30) girls and the Oakleigh Chargers (5.6.36) made for an overall optimistic match in Hobart on Saturday.
After a two-week hiatus, the Devils came out firing against the Chargers: top team in the competition who've have yet to lose in two seasons.
The Devils managed to pinch a two-point lead at the half.
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Alas, a low-scoring third portion left the Devils chasing in the final quarter, and despite coming close a number of times they failed to dethrone Oakleigh.
"I thought the girls were super today ... even with seconds to go, we still had a chance to tie or potentially win the game," Devils coach Cameron Joyce said.
"They've really bought into how we want to play.
"We gave ourselves opportunities in the third and fourth quarter to score and they probably just had that tiny little bit more polish when required and that was probably the difference in that game."
Team notables Amy Bissett, Georgia Clark (two goals) and Charlotte Vandenberg played well.
However, Joyce was particularly pleased with his entire midfield who virtually kept the Chargers out of their 50 the entire fourth quarter.
"I thought Ella Maurer had a good day ... Megan Gaffney on the wing was terrific, Jemma Blair down back repelled a lot of Oakleigh attacks," he said.