They tried so hard and got so far.
Violet Town had a breakout season in the Kyabram District Football League, finishing as minor premier, but the Towners were shown up on grand final.
Four members of Violet Town’s last premiership in 2012 played in the decider, but that paled in comparison to the Lakers.
Some 20 of Nagambie’s 21 players had featured in a grand final before, with only Zac Winter-Irving having not played in a decider.
Tim Ross, Nick Abley and Pat Horsburgh played in the flag five years ago, while coach Sean Horsburgh was co-captain of that side.
Sean Horsburgh was an inclusion after missing the preliminary final win against Avenel last week with a calf issue.
Horsburgh trained well during the week to prove his fitness, while ruckman John Woodcock also came back into the team.
Corey Robins and Alex Duff were the unlucky players to miss out for Violet Town.
Horsburgh was shattered when delivering his speech post-game, but vowed his team would be back.
‘‘Nagambie was just too good for us today,’’ Horsburgh said.
‘‘They’re an outstanding club and a club that others strive to be like, so all credit to them.
‘‘It’s just another setback, it’s not the end, but we’ll be back.’’
It was Horsburgh’s fourth season in charge at Violet Town, bringing the club from just four wins and a draw in 2014 to runners-up.
The building blocks are there, with two of the competition’s best players in Sam Poole and Pat Horsburgh.
The Towners will learn from the experience, with Nagambie a ruthless beast when it comes to finals.