In their second round match-up against Griffith Three Ways United RLFC, Walgett were outplayed by an aggressive team with top form players.
Within minutes of the game starting, Griffith streaked ahead and quickly pulled away to 16-0. Tensions rose and scuffles erupted several times, leading to three players being sent off the field, including Walgett pillar George Rose.
George's brother and WAC skipper, Matt Rose, had almost not played due to illness. But his presence on the field was keenly felt. Towards the end of the first half, it looked briefly like Rose's steady leadership might lead the defending champions to victory yet as the team focussed on the task at hand and started to claw their way back.
But they could not maintain the momentum. Griffith 3 Ways United won 28-20 following explosive performances from several players including the Fifita brothers.
After the game, the mood in the WAC team room was subdued as the men in red succumbed to the blues.
But Cherie Rose, mother of the Rose brothers, spoke stirringly as she stepped forward for the WAC trophy ceremony in honour of her late husband, George Rose Snr.
'That's why we're Walgett Aboriginal Connection, because you all play through that connection there.'
"It's just unbelievable. We've made lifetime friends that are family," she said.
"We might only get to see you once a year, but I know that everyone of you that played, played for Walgett. That's why we're Walgett Aboriginal Connection, because you all play through that connection there.
"My husband would be so proud of each and every one of you that do what you do and put your heart into it out on the field. I just wish he was here today, just to see what it is."