The Queanbeyan Yowies women's team ended their dream run in 2019 with a heartbreaking semi-final loss to the Coffs Harbour Suns on Saturday.
Having been the dominant force in the Waratah League Division One competition all year, the Yowies had made a habit of winning close contests.
However, the semi-final proved to be one tight finish too many at the Breakers Indoor Sport Stadium, and so ended the dream of a comeback grand final for Queanbeyan with their 60-64 loss.
This year marked the first time a Yowies' women's side had taken to the courts since 2015, and the team quickly went about proving that they had not lost a step in the last four years.
After compiling a win-loss record of nine and one, Queanbeyan finished second on the ladder, just behind Wagga Wagga due to percentages.
But the Yowies were confident ahead of the finals, having beaten the Coffs Harbour Suns 66-54 earlier in the season.
Despite strong games from Tegan Ketels (22 points) and Emma Rowcliffe (16) points, Queanbeyan could not get over the line as they had done so many times previously.
Following the semi-final on Saturday, the grand final was played that night between Coffs Harbour and the Wagga Wagga Blaze.
Despite their strong form in the semi-final, Coffs Harbour was sunk by the Blaze, 69-64 to bring the season to a close.
The Queanbeyan men missed out on a finals berth, having finished seventh on the ladder with an even 9-9 win-loss record after their last match against the Lithgow Lazers on July 27.