Those who attended the Cowra Blues women's final round game were treated to one of the best displays of country football of the shortened 2020 season.
Despite having no reserves, the Blues kept pace with the Bathurst until the third quarter when heat and fatigue started played their part in extending the scoreline.
While the result wasn't what the women were hoping for, they forced their opposition into their bag of tricks.
With the Blues camped inside Bathurst's 50 during the third quarter and the game still on the line, the Bushrangers were forced to bring the noise to throw off Cowra's game.
Blues co-coach, Sarah Day, said her side followed their plan well.
"We cracked in hard which we said we were going to do," she said.
"It was a little disappointing we didn't have a bench which caused us to die a little bit in the third quarter.
"But we definitely kept up the pace in the first and second quarter and the last quarter we tried to shut them down a bit."
Day said she couldn't fault anyone in the side, with the squad showing off everything they had learnt.
"It was unreal the effort the girls put in, we're definitely a smaller side but they always put their head over the ball," she said.
"From my point of view, I'm like 'you're going to get hurt', but they don't care, they get in and try and that's all I can really ask.
"It's been some really good development, I think we've shown how good we've come."
She said the club was hoping to hold onto the some of the players that had come over from other codes this year.
"I've said it before, if we do hold onto some of the players we have now, in a year or two, we'll be winning games and a dangerous side," she said.
"So hopefully we can be bigger and better next year."
It was a sentiment supported by the Bushrangers coach Brian Matherson.
"Cowra is always a tough opposition even in previous years when they haven't been as competitive as they are now, they've always been physical," he said.
"But they've improved so much.
"This is the first time we have played them this year, the other game was called off due to the snow, and they were very impressive.
"They played really well and I hope they can keep those girls together and they'll be a real threat in the future."
With the way they year has gone, Day said she and team were glad to have gotten a season in.
"It was really fun, I'm pretty grateful we could get a season in," she said.
"We were very luck to get some of the girls from the other codes, so to get the season in has been great.
"Even though it's been shorter, it's been keeping us busy."
Bathurst will now heard in to the competition's semi final at home against the Dubbo Demons.
BATHURST BUSHRANGERS 10-4-64 (Goals: A. Dickson 3, T. Whitla 3, A. Evans 2, N. Harrison, B. Flannery) defeated COWRA BLUES 2-3-15 (Goals: C. Apps, M. MacKenzie)