Innisfail Leprechauns A-grade side deny Atherton a win

Jayden Epong-Walker (with ball) made his A-grade debut for Innisfail against Atherton last Saturday. Photo: Maria Girgenti

INNISFAIL Leprechauns were at home against the winless Atherton Roosters last Saturday at Callendar Park where the home side prevailed 28 – 8 and denied the Roosters their first win of the season.

Aaron Jolley scored two tries for Innisfail and Andrew Garrett, Cedrick Valentine and Yaza Stephen chipped in with one try apiece whilst Jolley slotted three goals and Daniel Mooka one.

Yaza Stephen was named Player of the Match.

After the match, Innisfail’s A-grade coach Leon Hallie’s expressed his frustration as to no real game flow, which meant the team couldn’t really put together any passages of play for an extended period of time. 

“With the crack down on high shots, and the amount of penalties it didn’t allow us to achieve what we wanted out of the game.”

“Effort is always there from the boys however, discipline is letting us down at this stage of the season which will have to be tidied up if we are to be a contender this year.”

“I was happy with Jayden Epong and Owen Williams who made their A grade debuts, whilst Elia Mooka had a solid start after his return from injury.”

Atherton proved too strong for the home side in the Under 18 game with a 26 – 16 win. One of Innisfail’s Under 16 players Luke Magnanini was rewarded with the Player of the Match award.

At full time in Reserve grade, the scoreboard was 30 – 16 in favour of Innisfail, and Matthew Barham was the Player of the Match.

Innisfail Leps Open Women’s team registered a convincing 16 – 4 victory over Atherton, with Melissa Banu being named Player of the Match.  

CDRL Round 8 fixtures – June 5 – 6

A Grade

Innisfail 28 defeated Atherton 8

Edmonton 38 defeated Kangaroos 22

Yarrabah 26 defeated Mossman-Port Douglas 12

Southern Suburbs 24 drew with Mareeba 24

Cairns Brothers 34 defeated Tully 12

Bye: Ivanhoes

CDRL Ladder: Cairns Brothers 16, Innisfail 12, Yarrabah 12, Ivanhoes 10, Kangaroos 10, Southern Suburbs 10, Mossman-Port Douglas 9, Edmonton 7, Mareeba 4, Tully Tigers 4 and Atherton 2.

Reserve Grade

Innisfail 30 defeated Atherton 16

Edmonton 36 defeated Kangaroos 4

Southern Suburbs 38 defeated Mareeba 24

Cairns Brothers 38 defeated Tully 12

Mossman-Port Douglas 52 defeated Yarrabah 16

Under 18

Atherton 26 defeated Innisfail 16

Kangaroos 26 defeated Edmonton 10

Mossman-Port Douglas 20 defeated Yarrabah 18

Mareeba 36 defeated Southern Suburbs 10

Tully 30 defeated Cairns Brothers 20

Open Women’s

Innisfail 16 defeated Atherton 4

Kangaroos 28 defeated Edmonton 12

Ivanhoes 28 defeated Yarrabah 4

Innisfail Leprechauns, who are currently sitting second on the ladder will head south to Tully Showgrounds tomorrow for the highly anticipated Cassowary Coast derby and despite some close score lines, Tully are still seeking their first win of the season.

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