Khan Riley's individual brilliance ensured ladder-leaders BURNIE BAPTIST were able to hold a valiant Launceston City outfit in a 3-2 victory.
Baptist's coach got his side off to the ultimate start with a penalty corner conversion as they controlled the opening quarter before Launceston's Callum Emms equalised play.
Riley continued to dominate play throughout, converting another penalty corner alongside team-mate Tyler Wolfe as Jordan Sutherland scored City's second goal in the even contest.
City's regular suspects Beau Cornelius and Josh Demarco impressed as the third-placed side continue their rise.
SOUTH LAUNCESTON's leading trio of coach Alastair McBain, captain Brad Buchanan and star Kurt Budgeon had a direct influence on their result against Queechy Penguins as they all hit the scoreboard in their side's 4-2 win on Friday night.
Budgeon scored twice and his leaders once as the reigning premiers scored two in the first 15 minutes but Queechy weren't overawed as Ryan Horne answered before another Budgeon goal meant a 3-1 half-time score.
Alex Whitmore scored off the bench to make things interesting but South's captain stood up and saw them home as Queechy's defence of Eric Gubesch and Tom Moir impressed.
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SOUTH BURNIE found themselves too strong for a young and injury-depleted City Marians side, sharing around the goals in a 6-2 clinic.
Stuart Bowles scored twice alongside Jordan Dart, Jason Bomford, Brent Jago and Dan Dellar as the Hawks look to start putting pressure on the top-four with regular winning performances.
Coach Jago credited Bowles and Dart for their dangerous forward play that has become trademark.
With Adam Lamprey missing with an achilles injury, Marians' Kyle Wescombe stood up, scored and starred for his side as Daniel Hills scored City's other.
DEVONPORT were pushed to the limit by West Devonport as the latter fell just short in their pursuit for a maiden season win.
Caleb Armstrong converted a penalty stroke to open Devonport's account in the opening term before a score-less second quarter ensured a 1-0 half-time score.
Play became more end-to-end after the main break with returning West star Shaun Redman scoring a penalty corner with 40 seconds remaining in the third.
With the tempo picking up, the game was hanging in the balance before quick passing between Declan Filler and Jack Pease saw Pease secure the match-up for Devonport.
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