Noah Anderson's after the siren goal was the talking point post-match,
While already reeling from Noah Anderson's after the siren goal, the Tigers also confirmed injuries to a tall trio. Tom Lynch was substituted from the game in the first term with a hamstring injury, an ongoing concern for the key forward.
"We mightn't have any rucks next week, so it's going to be a challenge," Hardwick said post game.
The Tigers remain in eighth position, ahead of St Kilda on percentage, after the heartbreaking loss, still primed to make an appearance in September action. Hardwick conceded that the game was "disappointing" after conceding a 40-point lead early in the third quarter.
"You've got opportunities to finish. It's not as if they were hard shots on goal but you've just got to execute those," Hardwick said.
"I thought we left numerous goals on the table. Lots. The fact of the matter is that if you leave the door open, you get hurt.
"It’s disappointing, but credit to Gold Coast.
"The second half of the game was very, very dominant and we just didn't respond well enough and couldn't execute the fundamentals of the game well enough, for long enough.
"Our ball security was really poor (in the fourth quarter).
"We just lost our composure…we've been an experienced side for a fair period of time but we've got a lot of inexperience in there at the moment.
"It was a tough day at the office, no question."