BURNIE outplayed Launceston and broke its Windsor Park hoodoo with an important 21-point victory in their State League clash yesterday.
The win keeps the Dockers' chances of finishing on top of the State League ladder alive with two rounds to play.
Launceston bounced out of the blocks, kicked the first three goals of the game and looked dangerous with its run and carry despite the heavy conditions, to lead by 12 points at quarter time.
But to Burnie's credit, they fought their way back into the contest from the second quarter winning more of the contested ball and with some of their experienced playmakers in Luke Shackleton, Kade Munday and Jason Laycock influential.
The Dockers trailed by three points at half-time but should have been in front except for inaccurate kicking.
They were clearly the better side in the second half, winning more of the clearances, making space and using the ball well to hit targets going forward.
Burnie kicked four goals to two in the premiership quarter with Andrew Lee a focal target up forward kicking two and Brayden Hayes a dangerous crumber.
It led by 11 points at the last change and had the better of the final quarter kicking three goals to one to run out deserved winners 10.11 (71) to 7.8 (50).
The Blues had their chances in the final term to grab back the lead, but costly misses to Jake Kolodjashnij, Sonny Whiting and Luke Johnston in front of goal halted the momentum.
"We definitely had our opportunities to win the game not that we deserved them because I thought for most of the game after quarter time we were outplayed," Blues captain-coach Brennan Savage said.
"We were grinded down with work ethic by Burnie which is a sign of a very good side and they will be hard to beat come finals time."
Savage said his side's effort at the contested ball was not up to the standard required to beat sides above it on the ladder.
"We can't worry about finals - we need to worry about the rest of the home and away season and get some form after losing two on the trot, which isn't acceptable.
"It was a bit of a reality check to see just how far away we really are today."
Burnie assistant coach Andrew Hering said the Dockers were able to generate some real run and carry with their rotations through the midfield.
"They were all good today and we got an even contribution across the board - it was probably our best overall performance for the year in the conditions," he said.
"We played one on one and every contest at ground level we either broke even and we didn't lose too many stoppages or give them too many easy break-aways."
Lee finished with three goals with Rudy Barrett, Harry Walters, Munday and Hayes among a host of good players for the Dockers.
Whiting played well in his return from injury in a good battle with Darren Banham to finish with three goals as the Blues' only multiple goalkicker.
Josh Woolley, Kolodjashnij, Johnston and Scott Stephens battled hard for the Blues.
The Dockers will anxiously await the tribunal this week with Banham reported in the second quarter for high contact in a bump on Joe Boyce.
Savage was subbed off at half-time after aggravating a calf problem in a blow to the Blues with finals approaching.