South Burnie and Burnie Baptist were the big winners from round nine, moving to equal second billing behind Launceston’s Queechy.
Smithton lost their all-important match against the Hawks, relinquishing second and dropping to fourth behind the triumphant City Marians.
The Hawks trailed the Saints by three goals at the big break, but a serious pep talk had the Hawks flying high in the second leg of the skirmish, taking the win in the dying minutes.
Jordan Dart took a leading role with a hat trick supported superbly by Roger Ambrose, with Joe Coombs the standout for the Saints.
Devonport took the win over South Launceston in Devonport giving the teams equal billing at fifth on the ladder.
The Subbies had a cast of five scorers with ex-Suns player Sam Phillips taking the top votes while Mick Williams and Declan Filler added to their season’s tally.
Suns coach Alistair McBain scored their consolation goal and full back Ben Walker took the umpires’ accolades.
City Marians got out of the blocks early against Tamar with four goals in eight minutes. Adam Lamprey opened the account with Liam Grundy, Kyle Wescombe and Drew Barrett adding the others.
Tamar’s Rob Partridge found a way past keeper Dave Townsend as they went to the first break.
The Bloods pushed hard but the Tamar men held their composure conceding just two before the big break.
A more even second half saw the Bloods add two and Tamar add a single.
Burnie Baptist showed no mercy to competition newbies West Devonport, firing in ten goals to the Dragons’ two.
A solid team effort had six Baptist players worrying the scoreboard attendant, led by Kannan Lockett with a hat trick.
Baptist’s Braden Johnson kept the forwards well fed with the ball scoring a best-on-ground from the umpires.
The Dragons battled on, gaining experience in the top league and Callum Nutting getting the umpires’ nod.
Launceston’s late game between Queechy and Launceston City was a close call with the Q’s Evan Lawrence posting the game’s only score nineteen minutes in.
The Qs controlled the game forcing City’s defence deep into their half for the majority of the game.
Dominic Gill, David Fish and Nigel Russell were solid and keeper Jamie Pinner covered well with some great saves for City.
The Qs proved their skill with Brett Withington, Jeremy Tuson and young gun Jakeb Morris collecting the umpires’ votes.
Results: Queechy def Launceston City 1-0, South Burnie def Smithton 6-4, Devonport def South Launceston 5-1, City Marians def Tamar 9-2, Baptist def West Devonport 10-2