THE Devonport Subbies handled a waterlogged surface better than Burnie's City Marians to keep their Greater Northern Hockey finals hopes alive.
The 4-0 win keeps the Subbies ahead of the Smithton Saints with one round to play.
The Meercroft Park surface had large puddles making flowing play difficult for both sides, but the Subbies found a way to the Bloods' net taking a one- goal advantage to the break.
City Marians tried working through the midfield where they found Devonport's Mick Williams, covering all their moves dispossessing Craig McCarthy and Jason Birtwhistle sending the Subbies into attack.
The Subbies added three more goals in the second half to run out easy winners.
Tamar Churinga notched up its fourth win for the season moving off the bottom of the ladder when it defeated South Burnie.
South Burnie was without key defender Roger Ambrose and found the improving Tamar side too fast on the run to the net.
The Smithton Saints were too good for South Launceston at home, claiming a 3-0 win.
Launceston City's Matt McGregor opened the scoring against Queechy Penguins in their catch up game in Launceston.
Queechy rose to the challenge when Qs coach Khan Riley slotted a field goal minutes later, and as the half drew to a close a penalty corner conversion for Cameron Horne sent them to the break with the lead. The Qs posted the first score for the second half with another corner conversion for Riley.
The game became an arm wrestle with City's Matt McGregor collecting another field goal five minutes later.
With seven minutes remaining City added the leveller from the stick of Tom Ryan, but for this season the Qs will take the Pickup Cup with two wins and a draw from their three games.
Results - Devonport d City Marians 4-0, Tamar d South Burnie 4-2, Smithton d South Launceston 3-0, Launceston City dw Queechy Penguins 3-3.