Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong coach Christin Macri blamed the Lions’ poor third quarter for their five-point loss to Collingullie-Glenfield Park on Saturday.
The Lions had their chances in the first half and led by six points at half-time before the Demons broke the game in the third quarter.
“The way we played in the first 12-15 minutes of the third quarter cost us the game,” Macri said.
“Because, they’re a good football side, but they just ran rings around us. We had no response.
“It was really poor and disappointing because we had been so strong in those areas in the first half and we got totally dominated. That’s where we lost the game but they’re a good footy side so they were always coming.”
To make matters worse, GGGM lost Zac Wiencke to what appeared to be a serious ankle injury.
The Lions now must become the first team since 2002 to bounce back from a qualifying final to win the premiership.