BURNIE BAPTIST have furthered themselves from nearest rivals South Launceston once again with a 2-0 victory.
Bouncing back from last week's Devonport loss, the 2017 premiers were too strong in a team effort with Jacob Thrower and Matt Murphy scoring as coach Khan Riley led the way during the play.
Suns captain Brad Buchanan was adjudged their best as Harrison Banks played his role once again for the reigning premiers.
DEVONPORT'S three-goal performance in the first half proved too much work for Smithton to chase down as the home side ran away 4-0 victors.
Coming into the clash only one win clear of their opponents, Devonport proved to be cleaner in congested situations, controlling most of the game throughout as Callum Dubbeld, Brad Menzies, Mick Williams and Ben Loone hit the scoreboard as Troy Goss starred.
Hugh Dwyer and Max Lester toiled hard for Smithton as they struggled to generate pace.
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QUEECHY PENGUINS showed their class and proved they belong in the top four with a devastating 7-1 win over City Marians.
Boasting six individual scorers, Rob Partridge scored twice as Tom Moir, Jakeb Morris and Justin Ockerby impressed in the dominant display while Marians' Iain Cameron scored late off the back of a penalty stroke as he was best-on for the defeated.
LAUNCESTON CITY'S finals run continued as they picked up a 5-1 win over West Devonport at St Leonards.
Former Tamar star Beau Cornelius was unstoppable again as his team shared the goals built off strong work from C-Jay Denman and Joe Caelli as West Devonport's Isaac McLeod was impressive throughout, scoring their goal and running play.
Womens' ladder-leaders CITY MARIANS proved to be too strong for closest rivals Queechy Penguins as they hit the scoreboard early and held off a valiant fightback in the last quarter.
Holding a majority of the play in club stalwart Petrina Birtwistle's 500th game, Marians scored through Romani and Jemma Kenworthy either side of the half-time break while Lucy Cooper pegged the margin back with a 59th minute field goal as she and Sarah McRobbie worked tirelessly for little reward.
SOUTH BURNIE rallied hard in an attempt to overcome South Launceston but had to settle for shared points.
Both goalkeepers produced stunning saves throughout but it was Suns' Hayley Johns and Georgie Daly who scored with Hannah Connolly and Lauren Buchanan stepping up following the absence of key members.
Chloe Leary and Jess Nicholls ensured the tied result with half-backs Em Dellar and Bridget Murfet overlapping into attack strongly for the home side.
After a scoreless first half, DEVONPORT and Smithton played out a 2-2 draw for the Vicki Bennett memorial cup.
Smithton patrolled the attacking half in the early-goings but couldn't score until Zoe Groves hit the back of the net with two quick goals down the right wing.
Devonport responded in blistering fashion through Kaylah Rataj and Amanda Von Schill to end a high-scoring third quarter as neither side troubled the scorers in a back-and-forth last.
Reigning premiers WEST DEVONPORT come away victorious in their tight tussle with Launceston City-Tamar Churinga as the young side continue to grow.
Substitute Susannah Gibson scored the solitary first half goal but LCTC's Lynette Stebbings answered after the break before Lucy Withers found the back of the net for the final goal of the match to get the 2-1 win.