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Tully Tigers A-grade defeated by Innisfail in local derby

18/June/2021
Innisfail’s Open Women’s team had a huge win over Yarrabah in Tully last Saturday. Photo: Maria Girgenti

TULLY Tigers hosted Cassowary Coast rivals, Innisfail last Saturday, in the local derby and despite a strong second half comeback, the home side was defeated  25 – 18 in A-grade.

In the first half, the Tigers were kept scoreless as Innisfail romped in for two tries scored by Julian Christian, and a conversion goal by Aaron Jolley saw the visitors hold a 10 point lead. 

Matt Laumea scored a double for the Tigers and one try to Tai Namaibai, whilst Phil Nona slotted three goals.

Innisfail’s second half try scorers were Tamati Huirama and Robert Garrett with two conversions, a penalty kick and field goal slotted by Jolley.

Innisfail Leprechauns’ A-grade coach, Leon Hallie, commented that it was a tough battle against the Tigers in Tully. 

“Although Tully have yet to register a win, the way they played against us it should not be too long before they do.” 

“They were just as tough as any opposition we have faced this year.”

“Julian Christian was solid on debut for the club, and his experience was needed considering we were without Lata Fakalelu, Dan Sagigi, and Gabriel Stephen.”

It was a tight start to the Reserve Grade game with Tully’s only points scored through a penalty goal by Louis Carlaw.  Innisfail held a slim four-point lead at the break and finished with a 16 – 6 win at full time.

The Tigers dominated the Under 18 game and stormed home with 22 unanswered points and kept Innisfail scoreless.

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CDRL Round 9 fixtures, June 12 – 13

A Grade

Innisfail 25 defeated Tully 18

Atherton 40 defeated Edmonton 38

Ivanhoes 16 defeated Mareeba 14

Yarrabah 32 defeated Southern Suburbs 24

Mossman-Port Douglas 38 defeated Kangaroos 26

Bye: Cairns Brothers

CDRL Ladder Round 9: Cairns Brothers 18, Innisfail 14, Yarrabah 14, Ivanhoes 12, Mossman-Port Douglas 11, Kangaroos 10, Southern Suburbs 10, Edmonton 7, Mareeba 4, Atherton 4, and Tully 4.

Reserve Grade

Innisfail 16 defeated Tully 6

Edmonton 34 defeated Atherton 0

Mareeba 18 defeated Ivanhoes 16

Yarrabah defeated 20 Southern Suburbs 10

Mossman-Port Douglas 36 defeated Kangaroos 0

Under 18

Tully 22 defeated Innisfail 0

Edmonton 38 defeated Atherton 32

Ivanhoes 32 defeated Mareeba 22

Southern Suburbs 30 defeated Yarrabah 26

Kangaroos 46 defeated Mossman-Port Douglas 0

Open Women’s

Innisfail 38 defeated Yarrabah 0

Edmonton 42 defeated Atherton 0

Ivanhoes 20 defeated Kangaroos 16

Tomorrow, Innisfail Leprechauns have their longest and toughest road trip as they head north to Coronation Park to face CDRL reigning premiers Mossman-Port Douglas, whilst Tully Tigers, still seeking their first win of the season, travel to the Smithfield Sporting Complex, to face Ivanhoes.

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