Wangaratta's Daniel Boyle admits the club thought it was home when pipped by fierce rivals Wangaratta Rovers in the season's biggest upset.
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"It hurt, it hurt a lot," Boyle said candidly.
It hurt, it hurt a lot. I think we probably put the cue in the rack a little bit, we thought we'd done enough.Wangaratta's Daniel Boyle
"I think it was moreso the way we fell apart in that second half.
"I think we probably put the cue in the rack a little bit, we thought we'd done enough and to their credit, they came out after half-time, changed their structures and got the job done."
The premiership fancies led last year's winless wooden spooner by 31 points in the second quarter, before the Hawks stormed home to win by eight points.
Rovers' hopes of grabbing an unlikely finals berth will depend on another upset.
"It's a five per cent difference in the sides on derby day," Boyle said.
"It probably goes back to the 60s, 70s and 80s, we won that flag (against Rovers in 1976) when they were a powerhouse."
Rovers' star Nick Murray has been named for GWS at NEAFL level.