CULCAIRN coach Josh Hillary was at a loss to explain the Lions' dramatic fadeout on Saturday.
Hillary, who will step down from the helm after two seasons, put the lacklustre second-half down to a combination of factors.
"It's bitterly disappointing," Hillary said.
"We couldn't have played any better in the first half and we knew we had to sustain it for four quarters.
"I don't know what the turning point was.
"I can't get my head around it at this point.
"To only kick four points is extremely disappointing."
Culcairn may simply have ran out of legs after hard-fought finals victories over Billabong Crows and Holbrook with Jye Shields and Adam Prior carrying injuries into the match.
"You're playing an elimination every week and a few of the boys were sore going into the finals," he said.
"I think the footy club is in a good position going forward having seniors, reserves and fourths playing today."