The Tenterfield Tigers took on the second-placed Walcha Jillaroos on Saturday.
The visitors stuck it to the Walcha side early, forcing errors and repeat defensive sets.
The home side managed to post the first points through skipper Bonnie Brown before Megg Landers touched down for a Tenterfield four-pointer.
Walcha scored again in the first-half to hold a 10-4 advantage at the break.
The second-half saw Walcha come out firing and dominate from the get-go.
The Jillaroos posted further tries to Brown and Hoy as well as Rachel Green and Robyn Broadbent to win 30-4.
Tenterfield coach Wayne Minns was proud of his side’s effort.
“The girls went really well. They can hold their heads up, it isn't easy coming up against one and two sides in the comp with Walcha and Uralla next week,” he said.
“Just some of the little things they did well that they had been working on and they did execute them but we just need to sharpen up a little bit.
“We have a few little areas we need to work on and we will be right.”
Minns was particularly impressed with some of the team’s young guns.
“Our young junior that filled in, Grace [Clothier], she was a standout on the day and I think she ended up with players' player,” he said.
“Both our junior players hung in there and they are going to be a big asset next year.”
This Sunday’s game looms as a big one for the side, coming up against undefeated Uralla.
Minns said they will hit the training paddock this week with the aim to improve every aspect of their game.
“Everything. We have got to improve on everything right across the board,” he said.