While the Queanbeyan Tigers NEAFL side went down by 111 points in sunny Queensland on Saturday, their AFL Canberra understudy moved up to second spot on the local ladder with a win over Tuggeranong Hawks.
The 14.12.96 to 7.7.49 result leaped the Tigers to second on the ladder.
Ainslie continue to dominate the AFL Canberra first grade in first spot, but the Tigers move up the competition table proved a positive sign for the club that their younger players are ready during a period where their top level, NEAFL side are clearly rebuilding.
The Tigers managed to dominate the Hawks in most facets of the game, leading all the way through and not letting a second quarter Hawks comeback faze them.
There may be an injury worry to ACT representative player Brandon Lagana however, with the talented mid-fielder coming from the field before half time after booting two quality goals.
But he was just one of many Tigers to stand up on the day, including representative teammates Sean Wilkinson and club veteran Neil Irwin, who dominated the midfield and forward 50 in bringing home 14 goals.
Michael Wescombe had the advantage in the forward pocket as well, kicking two goals in the first half.
Coach Paul Cambell said while he would liked to have converted more of his side's 12 behinds to goals, he was happy to get the win over what was previously the second best side in the competition.