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Innisfail Leprechauns’ rugby league teams book themselves a Grand Final berth

1/October/2021
Innisfail Leprechauns’ Reserve grade team are Grand Final bound after defeating Mossman-Port Douglas at Barlow Park.

INNISFAIL Leprechauns had two teams in action during the second weekend of Finals, held at Barlow Park, Cairns, last Sunday and both secured wins and secured a Grand Final berth.

 

The A-grade team went up against minor premiers Cairns Brothers in a major semi-final.

 

Innisfail went into the half-time break with a 22 – 6 lead over Cairns Brothers.

 

Cairns Brothers had many opportunities in the second half, but lack of ball control meant they were unable to turn them into points. 

 

Innisfail continued to dominate and a late field goal by Aaron Jolley secured a 39 – 18 win and a Grand Final berth. 

 

Devante Heron scored a double, whilst Johann Turner, Andrew Garrett, Jolley, Daniel Mooka, and Tamati Huirama crossed for tries, whilst Jolley slotted five conversions.

 

Innisfail’s A-grade Coach Leon Hallie said he was extremely happy for the boys to make their third Grand Final in four years.

 

“We knew Cairns Brothers would come out fast and try to muscle up for a very physical game.” 

 

“It was a good, even battle for majority of the game, and I believe the score line did not reflect how difficult the game was.” 

 

“Our ability to stick to our game plan has got us the results in the last two weeks and we just need to keep believing in what we are doing for one more game.”

 

At half-time, scores were locked at 14 – 14 in the Reserve grade preliminary final between Innisfail and Mossman-Port Douglas. 

 

A strong second half by Innisfail steered the side home to a 35 – 20 win at full-time.

 

Innisfail’s try scorers were Josiah Purcell 3, and Ronan Doolan and Devante Heron, whilst Michael Morton kicked seven conversions and one field goal.

 

In a shock upset, Yarrabah knocked out two-time defending premiers Mossman-Port Douglas in the A-grade semi-final.

 

Cairns District Rugby League competition – Major semi-finals results – September 26 – Barlow Park

 

A Grade

Innisfail 39 defeated Cairns Brothers 18.

Yarrabah 46 defeated Mossman-Port Douglas 30 (Knockout final).

 

Reserve Grade

Innisfail 35 defeated Mossman-Port Douglas 20.

Ivanhoes 32 defeated Edmonton 18 (Knockout final).

 

Under 18

Edmonton 22 defeated Atherton 18.

Kangaroos 40 defeated Ivanhoes 36 (Knockout final) (Extra time).

 

Innisfail have earned a weekend off and both teams will await the results of this Sunday’s preliminary finals to find out who are their Grand Final opponents.

 

In Reserve grade, Mossman-Port Douglas clash with Ivanhoes, with the winner to face Innisfail, whilst Cairns Brothers get a second shot against Yarrabah and the winner will face Innisfail in the A-grade Grand Final. 

 

The CDRL Grand Final Day will be held at Barlow Park, Cairns on Saturday, October 9.

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