Women's rugby sevens
GRIFFITH Blacks hopes of completing the perfect season were left in tatters after falling at the final hurdle 27-10 to Leeton on Saturday.
Undefeated through the first 11 matches of the season, the Blacks could not overcome a determined Leeton side in the Southern Inland Rugby Union grand final.
In the inaugural year of the competition the Blacks had defeated Leeton in their three previous occasions, but it was the Dianas that would claim the biggest win.
Leeton dominated from the outset and lead 10-0 at half-time before the Blacks narrowed the deficit to five points shortly after the break.
However, Leeton responded, scoring two quick tries to establish a lead that the Blacks couldn't peg back.
The two teams both scored tries late in the match with the Dianas running away with a 17-point victory.
The burden of coming into the decider undefeated and the emotional week following the death of Blacks player Ben Groat played on the minds of the team, according to coach Loa Lolesi.
"I just think it was a little bit too much for the girls this week," he said.
"It has been a hard week for the club and the girls too, it's not an excuse, but it is a new experience for the girls.
"It is very hard to maintain that 100 per cent and stay on top as the lower teams always lift themselves to beat us."
Lolesi said his team were simply outplayed with Leeton offering a different game style to their previous match-ups.
"There is no excuse, Leeton just played better football than us," he said.
"We had an off-game and Leeton played better, their execution was really brilliant and they were just the better team on the day."
Lauretta Leao-Seve was among the best for the Blacks, with Leeton's Remi Wilton winning the Adamsons' Medal for best and fairest in the grand final.
Lolesi is expecting his team to come back bigger and better next season, which was the first season of rugby for many in the team.