Innisfail Leprechauns A-grade ends Cairns Brothers’ 11-game winning streak

The victorious Innisfail Leprechauns A-grade team with the Cairns Hardware Club Challenge David Morris Memorial Shield. Photo: Maria Girgenti

INNISFAIL Leprechauns A-grade side handed Cairns Brothers their first defeat of the season, with a 28 – 12 win to claim the coveted David Morris Memorial Shield in the Cairns Hardware Club Challenge.

Each year, both clubs play for the shield, which has been running for nine years, in memory of David Morris, who worked as a salesman at Cairns Hardware in Innisfail and was involved with the Innisfail Club for many years.

The home side scored three tries in the first half time to hold a convincing 16 – 0 lead at the break.

A hat trick of tries and scintillating form by former Ipswich Jets player, Julian Christian, saw him awarded the Man of the Match.

Daniel Mooka scored a double, Ashton Galea chipped in with one try, and two conversions by Aaron Jolley, saw Innisfail spoil the party for Cairns Brothers and end their unbeaten run.

Innisfail Leprechauns A-grade Coach, Leon Hallie, was happy with the performance of his troops. 

“It was a great opportunity to end Brothers unbeaten run and observed they were up for the task.”

“We had a good all-round game; our defence was organised, and the boys communicated well to shut down most of the opposition’s attacking raids.” 

“The balance we had with ball in hand was the key, with a bit of flair, and, also, knowing when to roll up the sleeves, work down the field, and kick to corners.”

“This weekend, we turn our attention to Mossman-Port Douglas, who will no doubt be up for the challenge.” 

The home side led by 22 – 0 at half time, and despite a gallant comeback by Cairns Brothers, Innisfail held on to win 26 – 24 in the Reserve Grade.  

Innisfail’s Reserve Grade Man of the Match was William Laza.

After Innisfail led by 18 – 0 at half time, Cairns Brothers fought back hard in the second half and surged home with three late tries to steal a 34 – 30 win over the home side.

Innisfail’s Under 18 Player of the Match was Colby Aldridge.

CDRL Round 13 fixtures for July 10 – 11:


Innisfail 28 defeated Cairns Brothers 12.

Mossman-Port Douglas 34 defeated Atherton 10.

Kangaroos 22 defeated Southern Suburbs 14.

Edmonton 40 defeated Tully 12.

Ivanhoes 32 defeated Yarrabah 18.

Bye: Mareeba

CDRL Ladder Round 13: Cairns Brothers 24, Innisfail 20, Ivanhoes 18, Yarrabah 18, Mossman-Port Douglas 17, Southern Suburbs 14, Edmonton 13, Kangaroos 12, Mareeba 10, Atherton 6, and Tully 4.

Reserve Grade

Innisfail 26 defeated Cairns Brothers 24.

Mossman-Port Douglas 34 defeated Atherton 14.

Southern Suburbs 54 defeated Kangaroos 4.

Edmonton 32 defeated Tully 28.

Ivanhoes 42 defeated Yarrabah 12.

Under 18

Cairns Brothers 34 defeated Innisfail 30.

Atherton 72 defeated Mossman-Port Douglas 10. 

Kangaroos 32 defeated Southern Suburbs 14.

Tully 28 defeated Edmonton 20.

Ivanhoes 62 defeated Yarrabah 4.

Open Women’s

Innisfail 48 defeated Edmonton 22 (played at Petersen Park).

Ivanhoes 28 defeated Yarrabah 10.

Kangaroos 44 defeated Atherton 12.

Tomorrow, Innisfail Leprechauns host two-time defending CDRL premiers, Mossman-Port Douglas, at Callendar Park, whilst the Tully Tigers face the Ivanhoes at Tully Showgrounds on a Super Saturday.

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