City Marians have claimed fourth position on the ladder with a win over Queechy on home turf, drawing level on points with South Launceston with a better goal average.
Rhys Burgess and Adam Lamprey found the net early giving the Bloods a strong advantage over the Qs.
Finn Bailey and Matt Franklin were the Q’s standout performers as they battled to contain the Bloods’ attack.
South Launceston trekked to Burnie to take on ladder leaders Baptist in a must-win game for the Suns’ title hopes.
An intense even encounter had the sides locked together at the big break with goals for Suns’ coach Alistair McBain and Alexander Poke.
The teams continued to probe for an advantage with Kurt Budgeon putting the Suns in front, but Baptist answered through Jake Wolfe to level the game.
Baptist kept the pressure on, with the ball falling to Angus Yeates giving Baptist a first-round home final in two weeks.
South Burnie made the play in Launceston against Tamar, posting their first goal in just seven minutes.
Even exchange of the ball gave both teams opportunities with the Hawks’ Stuart Bowles, Jordan Dart, Andrew Sergeant and Isaac Woo extending the lead out to four at the big break.
Tamar tightened its defence for the second half, choking the Hawks’ attack, limiting them to just two goals, as Eliah Cameron put in a best-on-ground performance in their attack.
Tamar’s Justin Ockerby posted their consolation goal as the clock ran out.
Launceston City opened the scoring in their clash with the Subbies early in the first half against the flow of play, with a deft touch from Oscar Montuabman.
The Subbies worked the ball well with constant probing of the City defence eventually paying off for Callum Dubeld and Jack Pease, sending them to the big break with the lead.
The Subbies continued to open the gap over City early in the second half with a corner conversion for Daniel Ford, but City to their credit kept the pressure on, drawing nearer with a Jeremy Stebbings corner conversion near game’s end.
Smithton played the West Devonport Dragons in Devonport jumping to an early solid margin.
Saints spokesman Nick Stokes praised the Dragons’ defence as they stopped three or four goals in goal-mouth scrimmages.
The Saints held a six-goal advantage at the big break, but a serious talk from Dragons’ coach Fred Bessell fired them into action, outscoring the Saints in the second half, in an effort to nullify Kade Woodrage and Harrison Lester.
Marians d Queechy 2-0, Baptist d Suns 3-2, Hawks d Tamar 6-1, Subbies d City 3-2, Saints d Dragons 8-4.