The Dubbo Demons Tier 1 side could not register their first win of the season after going down to the Bathurst Bushrangers in round three of the Central West AFL competition on Saturday.
Playing for the first time this season at home, South Dubbo Oval provided some tricky conditions with a strong breeze favouring one end of the ground.
The home side were solid through the first three quarters before Bathurst ran away with the match kicking six goals in the final term with the final score 15.12-102 to 5.6-36.
Kolby McMahon was the star for the visitors kicking four goals while Grady Tapping chipped in with three of his own.
Remarkably, the Demons five goals came through as many different scorers with the highlight being a volley from new recruit Jarred Clark kicking his first six-pointer of the season.
Demons player Joe Hedger felt through the first three quarters the side were playing better than expected even with a large portion of their squad sitting on the sideline.
...we came back in the third quarter but the last quarter they just ran away with it in the endDubbo Demons player Joe Hedger
"We had a few outs by that I mean there was over 10 first grade players out on Saturday due to injury and work so it was backs against the wall," he said.
"Which through three quarters was really good, we came back in the third quarter but the last quarter they just ran away with it in the end."
Hedger also agreed that the final scoreboard did not reflect how close the game actually was.
"The leadership group and I at the end of the game sort of said that the last quarter doesn't reflect the game," he said.
"It was only 25 points going into that last quarter and a chance to win but credit to the Bushies they've been the benchmark for over a decade."
The men's Tier 2 side were also beaten by Bathurst and a trio of former players returned for the game which Hedger was pleased to witness.
"It's so good to have a reserve grade team and have some older Demons players come back and pass on their knowledge," he said.
"It's also good that the younger boys can have a run as well who are that 15,16 and 17 year old age groups and probably not ready for first grade and the physicality of it but they can come have a run in 'ressies'."
The women's side also continued their early season form with a dominant home win over the Bushrangers side.
Elsewhere, the Bathurst Giants made three wins from as many games defeating Orange.
All three Dubbo teams will once again be home this weekend when they host the Orange Tigers in round four.
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