Illawarra lost their stranglehold on the NSW state men’s indoor title losing to the hosts Goulburn at their new venue last weekend.
Illawarra have been perennial champions of the competition when being held at Unanderra for many years and were also missing their star players.
They lost in the semi-final to Goulburn 8-4 in a late blowout with the hosts fielding former Kookaburra and ACT player Glenn Turner and other ACT players.
Goulburn eventually lost to Central Coast 6-5 in the final in extra time.
Illawarra had a great build-up to the semis in the pool games beating Metro South West 6-0, Nepean 7-3, Manning Valley 14-0 and Central Coast 9-5.
Illawarra captain Heath Ogilvie had no excuses for their loss.
Ogilvie gave credit to Goulburn and said his team were too complacent and had a bad game.