Busy Bees hoped to make history by winning the Super League C and have their name engraved on the trophy, but their clash against Macassar on Saturday at Newlands was a bridge too far.
They stumbled at the last hurdle in the final to determine the outright winners, losing 35-28 to Macassar in a nail biting match.
Despite the loss, both teams progressed to Super League B for 2019 after finishing second and first respectively.
En route to the final, they played 14 matches and Busy Bees lost two matches while Macassar only drew one game.
Busy Bees fell at the last hurdle.
Alfred Kewana, director of rugby at Busy Bees, said he was thrilled with the performance of his players.
“It was anyone’s game,” he said, citing the excitement of playing at Newlands from some of their players as something that contributed to the loss.
He said because of stage fright, some players made wrong decisions.
“And we had told them to go and enjoy themselves. We did not want to put them under undue pressure. We are just happy to be playing in the Super League B next season.
All we want now is to beef up our team and get sponsors so that we can condition our players properly for the start of the new season,” Kewana said.
Langa and Blue Jets will again compete in Super League C next year because they finished in the bottom half of the table.
Lagunya, currently competing in the Promotion League, still has to win a match.
Six games were played thus far and they are on -1 point on the log.
Masiphumelele, near Ocean View, is making strides in this competition and have 21 points after six matches.
They are in fourth position on the log.
The top three teams in the Promotion League are vying to play in Super League C and the top three are Blue Stars, Morning Stars and Raithby-Universals.
Fixtures for Saturday 13 October:
Universals-Raithby v Masiphumelele in Raithby
Lagunya v Blue Stars at Nyanga Stadium.