The Tassie Devils women's team fought down to the wire, but a failure to capitalise on entries had them losing a heartbreaker to the Greater Western Victoria Rebels 4.4 (28) to 4.5 (29) at Windsor Park on Sunday.
Coach Cameron Joyce said the Devils' campaign was exciting and the girls enjoyed the ride.
"We earned a fair bit of respect in the competition and around Tasmania," he said.
"It shows that women's footy in Tassie is still alive and well.
"We've just got to continue to build our program and at the moment, the good thing is that we've got a lot of girls who ... have had a positive experience with it which is great."
An assertive Devils team got off to a dominant start in the midfield, with multple entries into their forward 50.
However, a staunch Rebels defense led by backs Molly Walton and Nyakoat Dojiok saw the Devils' efforts for nought in the majority of the first quarter.
They didn't account for crafty Devils midfielder Claire Ransom, who charged through traffic to boot the first and only goal for the quarter.
"It would have been nice to capitalise on our entries more in the first quarter," Joyce said.
"I think we had 12 entries to three in the first quarter but we only got the one goal."
The Devils backline had a quiet first quarter, with the the visiting Rebels barely getting a sniff thanks to the aforementioned midfield skirmishes.
The table's quickly turned in the second, with the Rebels turning up the heat, attacking and taking numerous contested marks inside their 50.
While initial attempts only left the Rebels with behinds, a well-placed kick by forward Paige Scott saw her team take the lead.
A 50 to Rebels midfielder Ally Trigg had the ball falling into the hands of Scott once more in front, extending her side's lead.
It appeared that Greater Western had found a winning formula after Scott shot through her third seconds later.
But the Devils held true and hard-earned goals from Amy Prokopiec and Maisie Edwards had their team within one at the half.
The midfield once again had all the action in the second half, with both sides stringing together good attacks through the flanks at various points.
These efforts weren't yielding many points from either sides however, with traded blows from Scott and Prokepiec being the only major scoreboard movers.
Joyce said the Clarence draft prospect played really well.
"She [Prokepiec] did a really good job and kept putting herself in good positions to mark and compete," he said.
Wayward kicks from Rebels Lilli Condon and Scott meant the Devils had a fighting chance throughout the final quarter.
With minutes remaining, Prokopiec got a good look from half right flank, but the kick went to the side to bring the Devils within a point.
The Rebels back line that held true throughout the game continued to clear the ball in the dying minutes to see Greater Western move on to the next elimination round.
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