Coach Tim Coyle was as philosophical as ever after his Greater Northern Raiders side suffered their first defeat of the season against Kingborough.
A rain-affected total of 6-162 off 47 at Kingston's Twin Ovals was amended by Duckworth-Lewis to a target of 168 but the visitors fell well short, losing by 73 runs.
"We were hoping for some momentum after last week but it didn't happen so it's a learning curve," Coyle said.
"I actually thought we bowled and fielded well and was happy to restrict them to 162.
"We just did not get partnerships going. We lost early wickets and just needed one big partnership which we didn't get.
"We found it hard to score and lacked experience in the middle order but hopefully we can learn from that."
Raiders won the toss, elected to bowl and, once the opening partnership was broken, succeeded in taking regular wickets.
Nivethan Radhakrishnan (23) and Anthony Adlam (37) built a solid foundation for the home side with Josh Henley (31 not out) and Jack Ross (27) providing solid support.
But the Raiders' attack ensured no partnership surpassed 50.
Jono Chapman (an economical 2-27 off 10 overs) continued where he left off last week as Sam O'Mahony also took 2-24 off five with Evan Gulbis (1-31) and Will Bennett (1-25) completing the wicket-takers.
Kingborough's total appeared slightly vulnerable but the Raiders never looked like catching it.
Losing last week's man-of-the-match Gulbis early, they crashed to 3-15, recovered to reach 4-69 and ahead in the contest, but then lost 4-2 before eventually limping to 95 all out in the 34th over.
After the top three went for single figures, two courtesy of Alex Vincent (3-21), Charlie Eastoe continued his strong start with the bat by accumulating a steady 25 off 54 featuring just a couple of boundaries but taking his season's average to 54.00.
However, when he became the latest victim of Declan West (3-15) the Raiders imploded as Bennett (14), Aidan O'Connor and Oli Wood departed for the addition of one more run. Chapman's unbeaten 16 down the order prolonged the inevitable but the home attack proved too strong as every bowler claimed a wicket.
We were hoping for some momentum after last week but it didn't happenRaiders coach Tim Coyle
Coyle said there were positives to take from the contest.
"Jono Chapman bowled well. When he came back in, he got two crucial wickets. I thought Will Bennett (1-25) was very good. He bowled his 10 overs straight and did really well.
"Off-spinner Dravid Rao played his first game for us and looked good on debut. Sam O'Mahony got a chance and did well and all-round I thought our bowling was pretty solid.
"We had a rain break around the 40th over and probably did not go back on the ground in the best mindset and they were able to get some boundaries away then.
"Charlie Eastoe did a reasonable job and showed he was in for the long haul and it was only when he had to up the ante that he lost his wicket. He's going well. He's got a good experienced head on his shoulders.
"But we did not bat out our overs which we needed to do to give ourselves a chance."
In the day's other fixture at Ferguson Park, North Hobart and Glenorchy played out a rain-affected draw.
Raiders have the bye next weekend.