The Aussie Hotel Cooma Cats have just fallen short of clinching their first finals win in over two decades going down to the Belconnen Magpies by two goals in the AFL Canberra Division Three elimination final at Tuggeranong on Sunday.
The final score read: Belconnen 12-7-79 defeating Cooma 10-7-67.
The loss sees the Cats' 2013 season over with the Cooma sides finishing fifth in the 13 team competition.
The Cats trailed all game with the Belconnen side securing a three goal lead at half time, which they then opened up to a five goal lead at three quarter time. It was looking as though the final score would blow out to a humiliating defeat for the Cooma side.
But with the game all but over at three quarter time, the Cooma side came out for one last crack at a finals victory.
Inspired by the coach's three-quarter time address, the Cats managed to kick five goals and give themselves a real chance at an unlikely victory.
But there was to be no fairy-tale ending for the Cooma side with Belconnen holding on and kicking a final two goals to hang on and win the game.
While disappointed with his side's first three quarters, Cooma coach Damien Asanovski said the Cats' effort in the last quarter showed just how far the team had come in recent years.
"In years gone by we would have just rolled over and the score would have blown out, but the effort of the boys in the final quarter was amazing," Azzo said.
"To kick five goals in the final quarter - and in a final - after struggling all day shows just how much determination and spirit there is in the side.
"While it would have been great to secure a win in a final, we can be proud of the fact that we were competitive and certainly made Belconnen know they were in a tough and exciting game," he said.
While the season is now finished for the Cats, the club is able to reflect on what has been a great year for the senior team.
Reaching the finals for the first time since 1994 is a huge achievement for a club which was on its knees only six years ago.
If the club can keep its players, supporters and sponsors, there is no reason why the Cooma Cats can't take the next step in 2014 and achieve its aim of celebrating 30 years since its last premiership flag in 1984 with another one in 2014.