MCDFL - Navarre's qualifying final curse has continued, with the Grasshoppers losing out to Newstead in a tough Maryborough and District Football League contest at Hedges Oval, Maryborough on Saturday.
However, the 18 point loss was the least of the Grasshoppers worries as their injury toll began to climb.
Coach Daniel Parkin was concussed in an off-the-ball incident in the opening quarter while forward Zane Bigmore left the field with a hyperextended elbow and captain Louis Hannett's hamstring woes returned.
It was a tight tussle early, with Newstead opening the account at the seven minute mark.
Navarre fired back, booting three goals in seven minutes to take a 14 point lead.
Play was then suspended for 10 minutes mid way through the quarter as Parkin was stretchered off the ground.
Spot fires threatened to break out between players across the field, but Navarre managed to remain composed with a goal to Ash Driscoll steadying the ship and the Grasshoppers led by 12 points at quarter time.
Taking over Parkin's duties was Navarre assistant coach Brent Flood, who was coaching from the sidelines after failing to overcome a troublesome quad injury. Flood told his charges at the break to keep pressuring Newstead and not to give them easy free kicks.
"It's finals football, we expect it (to be tough) but we match them and keep our heads over the football," he said.
"Be disciplined and hit the ball hard."
Navarre's lead was extended to 18 points in the opening minute of the second term with Cody Driscoll kicking an impressive goal from a tight angle.
There was a lot of movement in the Grasshoppers forward line, but they failed to capitalise on it and Newstead rallied, booting three of the next four goals to whittle the margin down to one point at half time.
A 50 metre penalty to Ethan Ford saw the Kangaroos hit the front in the first couple of minutes in the third term.
Navarre was struggling to get the ball past the half forward line and the Grasshoppers were facing pressure at every turn.
They did mount a late challenge with Kris Brennan and Cody Driscoll booting goals to get their side within two points at the final change.
Flood pleaded with the side to give it '120 per cent' in the last quarter, telling the players they had the fitness to run the game out.
As it had for most of the day, Newstead seemed to have all the answers.
The Kangaroos held Navarre to just one goal in the final term and booted five of their own to come away with the win, 14.12 (96) to 10.12 (72).
It is back to the drawing board for Navarre, who must now play Natte Bealiba at Princes Park, Maryborough this Saturday in the second semi final.