Innisfail to face Yarrabah and Ivanhoes in Rugby League deciders

Innisfail Leprechauns A-grade team will face Yarrabah Seahawks in the CDRL Grand Final tomorrow at Barlow Park, Cairns. Photo: Maria Girgenti

AFTER preliminary finals were played in Cairns last Saturday, the three remaining teams have been decided for the Cairns District Rugby League Grand Finals to be played tomorrow.

Minor Premiers’ Cairns Brothers have been knocked out after a shock defeat by Yarrabah, who clung on for a nail-biting 28 – 26 win.

The Seahawks opened the scoring against Yarrabah in the first half who led by 22 – 6 at the break.

There were many momentum swings in the game and Cairns Brothers fought back strongly in the second half.

Scores were locked up at 22 – 22, until a four-pointer by Yarrabah’s Sam Bann Jnr broke the deadlock. 

In the final minutes of the game, Cairns Brothers clawed their way back with a try to Jackson Clarke, however a missed conversion by Captain Jordan Biondi-Odo failed to level the scores and Yarrabah went on to snatch victory.

It will be a 2017 CDRL grand final rematch, as Yarrabah go up against Innisfail Leprechauns, who will be rearing to go after a week off.

After Mossman dominated the first 10 minutes, the Ivanhoes flexed their muscles and stormed home to defeat minor premiers Mossman-Port Douglas by 42 – 16 and secured a spot in the decider against Innisfail.

It was set for a grandstand finish as both teams went into half time locked at 16 – 16. 

Mossman were kept scoreless in the second half as the Ivanhoes piled on the points to run away with the game.

The Kangaroos will face minor premiers Edmonton in the CDRL Under 18 Grand Final after a 24 – 10 victory over Atherton Roosters in the preliminary final.

Saturday, October 9 – Barlow Park – CDRL finals

Edmonton -v- Kangaroos – Under 18 Final – 3.00pm kickoff; Ivanhoes -v- Innisfail – Reserve Grade Final – 5.00pm, and the epic A-Grade Final between Yarrabah and Innisfail is at 7.00pm.

Gates open at 2.00pm and entry fees are $10 (adults), whilst school age children and pensioners are $2.

There is one entry to the grounds and all patrons must sign in using the Check In Qld app.

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