The Narrabri Blue Boars second grade side lined up for its biggest game of the season on Saturday at Chillingworth Oval in Tamworth.
The match was the 2017 Central North Rugby Union grand final.
It took on rivals Moree Bulls, and pushed the first-placed side until the final seconds. But it was not to be, with the Boars falling four points short in a 22-18 loss.
It was a nailbiting finish for the Blue Boars players, officials and travelling fans.
After trailing 22-6 with 10 minutes to go fullback Michael Cain scored two tries to reduce the deficit to four.
Narrabri won two late penalties, the second of which was about 10 metres out with 30 seconds to go.
But the Blue Boars coughed up possession with an error, which saw Moree celebrate the victory.
It was Narrabri which struck first four minutes into the contest, when Cain slotted a penalty goal to put them ahead 3-0.
In the eighth minute that became 6-0 when Cain kicked a second penalty goal.