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Innisfail Leprechauns’ teams have clean sweep over Tully Tigers in local derby

17/September/2021
Innisfail Leprechauns and Tully Tigers Under 18 teams after their game at Callendar Park last Saturday. Photo: Maria Girgenti

INNISFAIL Leprechauns faced their Cassowary Coast rivals, the Tully Tigers, at Callendar Park in the local derby, which was their final home game and a regular season fixture.

In the first half, Tully’s only try was scored by Jermaine Gibuma, and a field goal was slotted right on half time. 

Two tries to Andrew Garrett saw Innisfail go into the half time break with a convincing 28 – 5 lead.

Despite never giving up, Tully were scoreless in the second half, however the points fest continued for Innisfail.

The home side ran in with 24 unanswered points, which saw them finish with a crushing 60 – 5 victory over Tully Tigers.

Innisfail’s try scorers were Andrew Garrett 3, Daniel Mooka 3, Daniel Mairu, Dan Sagigi, Cedrick Valentine, Aaron Jolley, and Owen Williams. Jolley, 6 goals, Daniel Mooka 1. Man of the Match: Robert Haren (captain).

Innisfail A-Grade Coach Leon Hallie stated that it was an important win for the team against an under-strength Tully side and it cemented a vital top three spot. 

“I was able to reward Colby Roberts (debut), Robbie Meeks, and Owen Williams with the rare opportunity to play A-Grade.”

“There is still a bit of work to do for us to be a threat to Mossman this weekend.”

In Reserve Grade, the Leprechauns went into the sheds at half time in front with a 12 – 0 lead.

Tully registered their first and only points for the game, with tries to Jonty Ivey and Nabil Sipi in the second half and a goal by Rhaymus Tomarra.

The home side ran away with the game and registered a 36 – 10 win over Tully.

Innisfail’s try scorers: Michael Morton 3, Tyrrell Callope, Ronan Doolan, Devante Heron, and Adrean Laza. Goals: Michael Morton 4. Man of the Match: Martin Baptiste

It was a closer affair in the Under 18 clash, as Innisfail held a slim six-point lead at half time.

A second half fightback by Tully put them back in the game, however the 32 – 22 victory went to Innisfail.

Innisfail try scorers: Shaquille Johnson, Colby Aldridge 3, Luke Magnanini and Cadmas Creed. 

CDRL Round 20 fixtures – September 10 – 12

A-Grade

Innisfail 60 defeated Tully 5

Mareeba 12 defeated Ivanhoes 4

Mossman-Port Douglas 52 defeated Kangaroos 16

Edmonton 14 defeated Atherton 12

Southern Suburbs 38 defeated Yarrabah 30

Bye: Cairns Brothers

CDRL Ladder Round 20: Cairns Brothers 38, Mossman-Port Douglas 29, Innisfail 28, Ivanhoes 25, Yarrabah 25, Edmonton 21, Kangaroos 20, Southern Suburbs 20, Mareeba 18, Atherton 14, and Tully 4.

Reserve Grade

Innisfail 36 defeated Tully 10

Ivanhoes 32 defeated Mareeba 16

Mossman-Port Douglas 58 defeated Kangaroos 0

Edmonton 20 defeated Atherton 0

Yarrabah 34 defeated Southern Suburbs 28

Under 18

Innisfail 32 defeated Tully 22

Ivanhoes 32 defeated Mareeba 12

Kangaroos 20 defeated Mossman-Port Douglas 0 on forfeit

Edmonton 28 defeated Atherton 14

Southern Suburbs 66 defeated Yarrabah 20

This Sunday, the Innisfail Leprechauns Reserve Grade will face the Ivanhoes in the minor semi-final at Barlow Park, Cairns, with kick off at 2.30pm, followed by the A-Grade in a 2019 Grand Final rematch against Mossman-Port Douglas at 5.30pm.

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