Innisfail Leprechauns’ teams register wins in first week of footy finals

Jackson Laza bagged two tries for Innisfail in the Reserve grade game against Ivanhoes.

INNISFAIL Leprechauns had two teams in action during the first weekend of finals held at Barlow Park, Cairns, last Sunday.


It was a 2019 grand final rematch, when the A-grade team went up against defending premiers Mossman-Port Douglas Sharks in a qualifying final.


Innisfail went into the half time break holding a 20 – 4 lead over Mossman-Port Douglas Sharks in the knockout final.


Mossman-Port Douglas registered one try in the second half, whilst Innisfail continued to pile on the points and powered home with a 38 – 10 win. 


Julian Christian and Aaron Jolley each scored a double, whilst Daniel Mooka and Tamati Huirama crossed for tries, whilst Jolley slotted four conversions and three penalty goals.


A relieved Innisfail A-grade Coach, Leon Hallie, said he was pleased with the win. 


“We had a game plan that needed to be followed, otherwise we would have battled like we did in both rounds against Mossman-Port Douglas this year.”


“It is always important to win the first game in finals footy, as it now sets us up for two cracks at making the Grand Final.” 


“We will need to be just as good against Cairns Brothers this Sunday, and, in the lead-up, I will assess any injury concerns and a couple of incidents on report.”


At half time, Innisfail held a slim 8 – 6 lead over Ivanhoes in the Reserve grade preliminary final. 


It was set for a grandstand finish, as the scores were locked at 18 – 18 with eight minutes left on the clock.


With less than five minutes left in the game, Innisfail missed a crucial field goal attempt. 


A try by Jackson Laza and a successful conversion put the Leprechauns back in front and they went on to secure a 24 – 18 victory at full time.


Innisfail’s try scorers were Jackson Laza 2, and Jarred Laza and Owen Williams, whilst Michael Morton kicked three goals.


Cairns District Rugby League competition – Preliminary finals results – September 19



Innisfail 36 defeated Mossman-Port Douglas

Yarrabah 44 defeated Ivanhoes 36 (Knockout final)

Bye: Cairns Brothers


Reserve Grade

Innisfail 24 defeated Ivanhoes 18

Edmonton 32 defeated Yarrabah 30 (in extra time) (Knockout final)

Bye: Mossman-Port Douglas


Under 18

Atherton 24 defeated Ivanhoes 18

Kangaroos 32 defeated Cairns Brothers 28 (Knockout final)

Bye: Edmonton


Both these Innisfail teams now progress to the Major Finals this Sunday at Barlow Park, with the Reserve grade team to face Mossman-Port Douglas at 2.30pm and A-grade will be up against minor premiers Cairns Brothers at 5.30pm. 


The winner of these games will advance to the CDRL Grand Final on Saturday, October 9.

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