It may have taken four matches combined across the men's and women's sides, but the Tasmanian Tigers were on the wrong side of the win-loss ledger for the first time in Season 2018-19 today on the Gold Coast.
The defeat came against the might of the NSW Breakers who are littered with international level talent, and given they'd suffered a shock loss to Queensland in their opening game - this was always going to be a tough ask.
Nevertheless, the Tigers, buoyed by their season-opening win against the ACT Meteors - who beat Queensland today which may indicate the evenness to come this WNCL season, still had their moments.
The Breakers' top three of Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy and Ellyse Perry are always tough to contain, let alone after a loss, and they put the Tigers on the back foot from the get go.
In reaching 180 before a wicket fell inside 24 overs, the Tigers had some serious containing roles to play and for patches they did it well. Veronica Pyke (2/59) and Sasha Moloney (2/62) made short work of NSW's middle order but the wicket of Perry proved elusive. When she eventually fell in the 43rd over, restricting NSW to a total around 300 looked possible.
However some big late hitting from Rachel Trenaman and Rene Farrell put NSW in a commanding position with 345 the target.
Tasmania's best moments with the bat - of which they'll target more of in future matches, was a partnership of 58 for the second wicket between Georgia Redmayne (28) and Amy Satterthwaite (39). There was also some much-needed resistance with the willow for the eighth wicket with Corinne Hall (23) and Sasha Moloney (16) battling well against a seriously talented bowling attack.
The Tigers WNCL season takes a brief break before resuming with two matches in Hobart on Friday 9 November and Saturday 10 November against Queensland and South Australia. Both these matches will be played at North Hobart's TCA Ground from 10am.