The match started as most Coastal derbies do, with plenty of feeling and players wanting to throw their weight around.
But just as it appeared that Devonport were about to runaway in the battle for North-West supremacy, Burnie responded.
And it was their experienced campaigners who led from the front. Harry Walters, who was the inaugural Cameron Baird medallist, was influential in turning the tide.
By quarter-time the deficit had been cut back to eight and the momentum was firmly in the Dockers’ corner.
They carried that into the second term, where Nick McKenna and former AFL big man Cameron Cloke kicked two majors each as Burnie nailed five unanswered goals on the eve of half-time to hold a 21-point advantage.
Dockers coach Clint Proctor said he was ‘‘super rapt’’ with the win.
‘‘The boys, apart from the first 10 minutes or 20 minutes maybe where they were a little bit undisciplined, were fantastic,’’ Proctor said.
‘‘I won’t hide from it. Devonport were very lippy and tried to get the boys off their game but credit to them for three quarters they got back and got some composure and then we got our game going and we got on top.
‘‘I reckon it was a collective effort, I don’t think we had any passengers today.’’
McKenna, Cloke and Romain Grenville finished with three majors apiece for Burnie, while Thorp and Shaun McCrossen (two each) were the only multiple goalkickers for the Magpies.
Pictured: Burnie’s Romain Grenville prepares to boot the Dockers forward in yesterday’s clash against Devonport.
Source: The Advocate. Extract of story written by Jordan Bell, April 3, 2015. Picture: Katrina Docking.