A severely depleted Osborne had a tough initiation into the Riverina League at Osborne on Saturday.
The league newcomers were belted by more than 10 goals in a practice match against Ganmain-Grong Grong-Matong ahead of its season opener against Wagga Tigers this Saturday.
The defending premiers were without its Ovens and Murray recruits including coach Joel Mackie, Elliott Powell, Tom Johnson and Zach Bye due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
Premiership stars Sam Livingstone, Declan Galvin and Michael Driscoll were also missing.
Lions' key forwards Riley Corbett and Nick Murray both provided plenty of headaches for the Tigers' defence and were a constant threat in attack.
Murray in particular was damaging in the air and dragged down several strong contested marks.
Osborne football manager Anthony Armstrong said both sides remain positive that the season can finally start on Saturday.
"It was pleasing to finally be able to play a practice match and no doubt there will be some sore bodies at training this week," Armstrong said.
"The players, volunteers and supporters were all excited to finally be able to play a game of football.
"We copped a bit of a touch-up on the scoreboard but that was to be expected given the quality of players we had out.
"I thought the match was still played at a pretty good standard.
"Ganmain are a well-drilled side, tough around the contest and spread well.
"We didn't get any injuries and hopefully our Albury recruits will be able to play against Wagga Tigers on Saturday."
Armstrong said the match was played under strict COVID-19 protocols.
No spectators were allowed on the oval, players had individual water bottles and good hygiene was strictly adhered to.
Both sides had extended benches with 30 players involved.
The fate of the Riverina League season is set to be decided at a board meeting on Monday.
Narrandera and Griffith withdrew from the competition on Friday reducing the competition to eight sides.
Several Farrer League clubs, including North Wagga, are contemplating switching leagues after its competition was abandoned on Friday.
Armstrong remained hopeful the season would go ahead.
"After speaking to some of the officials from Ganmain the vibe is really positive and it seems the remaining clubs are keen to play a shortened season," he said.
"I know we definitely are and are planning for Wagga Tigers on the weekend.
"But we will just have to wait and see what eventuates at the meeting on Monday night."