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Innisfail Leprechauns A-grade side topple the Ivanhoes

30/July/2021
Colby Aldridge (with ball) scored two tries for Innisfail in the Under 18 game against the Ivanhoes. Photo: Maria Girgenti

INNISFAIL Leprechauns A-grade side had a gritty 21 – 12 win against the Ivanhoe Knights at Callendar Park, last Saturday, in the CDRL Deadly Choices round.

Leprechauns A-grade players sported their Deadly Choices jerseys and shorts for the special round.

The Knights took an early 6 – 0 lead but Innisfail fought back to hold a slim two-point lead at half time.

A try, one conversion, and a field goal by Aaron Jolley were the only points scored in the second half, in a tight physical tussle.

Despite a spirited effort by Ivanhoes, they were unable to capitalise on opportunities and convert them into points.

Innisfail try scorers were Yaza Stephen, Julian Christian, Daniel Mooka, and Johann Turner.

Innisfail Leprechauns A-grade Coach, Leon Hallie, conceded it was another tough game against the second-placed Ivanhoes, however at the end of the day, they got the two points they were after.

“The Knights were missing a few key players, but they really made us work hard for the win, and we made it hard for ourselves at times, by getting too excited with the footy.”

“It was a tough physical contest, but I am pleased with the boys’ desire to do what was required to win.” 

The Leprechauns Reserve Grade side had a dominant 28 – 0 win over the Ivanhoes. The try scorers were Jayden Epong, Tyrese Brown, Jezareel Heron-Jia, Tyrrell Callope, and Josiah Purcell.

After holding a 22 – 12 lead at half time, the Ivanhoes proved too strong for Innisfail in the Under 18 clash and finished with a 32 – 20 win. The Leprechauns’ try scorers were Colby Aldridge (2), Callum Ah Kee, and Ethan Vick.

CDRL Round 15 fixtures: July 24 – 25

A-Grade

Innisfail 21 defeated Ivanhoes 12. 

Southern Suburbs 28 defeated Edmonton 16.

Yarrabah 50 defeated Tully 20.

Cairns Brothers 58 defeated Mareeba 6.

Kangaroos 36 defeated Atherton 18.

Bye: Mossman-Port Douglas

CDRL Ladder Round 15: Cairns Brothers 28, Innisfail 22, Mossman-Port Douglas 21, Ivanhoes 20, Yarrabah 20, Kangaroos 16, Southern Suburbs 16, Edmonton 15, Mareeba 10, Atherton 8, and Tully 4.

Reserve Grade

Innisfail 28 defeated Ivanhoes 0.

Southern Suburbs 34 defeated Edmonton 26.

Yarrabah 36 defeated Tully 14.

Cairns Brothers 34 defeated Mareeba 22.

Kangaroos 40 defeated Atherton 24.

Under 18

Ivanhoes 32 defeated Innisfail 20.

Edmonton 38 defeated Southern Suburbs 6.

Tully 24 defeated Yarrabah 4.

Cairns Brothers 34 defeated Mareeba 8.

Atherton 36 defeated Kangaroos 10.

Tonight, the Innisfail Leprechauns Open Women’s team will be up against Edmonton Storm at the Smithfield Sporting Complex in the first semi-final, kicking off at 8.00pm.

After four straight home games, the Innisfail Leprechauns will travel to Alley Park, Gordonvale, tomorrow to take on the Southern Suburbs, whilst the Tully Tigers will travel up the hill to face Mareeba at Davies Park.

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