Tully Tigers teams are defeated by Cairns Brothers

Matolu Laumea (with ball) is wrapped up by the Cairns Brothers defence in the A-Grade game.

THE TULLY Tigers hosted the Cairns Brothers in three grades at the Tully Showgrounds last Saturday in their final home game of the season.

It was also the annual Allan Reis and Cain Banu Memorial Round which raised over $2,000 for the Tully Hospital Foundation through a raffle and sweets’ stall.

The Cairns Brothers dominated a depleted Tully’s A-Grade side and went into the half-time break with a solid 20 – 0 lead over Tully. Another try was added by the Cairns Brothers, before Phil Nona scored Tully’s first and only try for the match.

In the second half, the Cairns Brothers continued to pile on the points and ran away with a convincing 50 – 4 victory and, with only two losses in the season, have firmly secured a spot in the semi-finals.

Members of the Reis and Banu families presented the jerseys to players before each match. 

They also presented Man of the Match trophies and shirts to the Tully Tigers players Jesse Barra (A-Grade), Thomas Banu (Reserve Grade) and Darian Burton (Under 18).

A special presentation of flowers was made on behalf of the Cairns Brothers by Joshua Chadwick and Luke Frumento to Suzette Reis and Essay Banu in honour of their lost family members.

The Tully Tigers went down to the Cairns Brothers in the Reserve Grade game 34 – 6, whilst the Under 18 team was also defeated by the Cairns Brothers 36 – 28. 

Innisfail Leprechauns suffered a shock upset after they were defeated by Atherton in all three grades at Mungalli Creek Dairy Stadium in Atherton last Saturday.

Both A-grade teams were vying for the annual John Cole Toyota Mayor’s Challenge Trophy which will be retained in Atherton for another year.

The Mayor’s Challenge has been contested 20 times, and Innisfail have brought home the trophy twelve times and Atherton eight.

CDRL Round 19 fixtures for September 4 – 5


Cairns Brothers 50 defeated Tully 4

Atherton 20 defeated Innisfail 18

Mareeba 26 defeated Southern Suburbs 18

Yarrabah 28 drew with Mossman-Port Douglas 28

Edmonton 22 defeated Kangaroos 18

Bye: Ivanhoes

The CDRL Ladder Round 19: Cairns Brothers 36, Mossman-Port Douglas 27, Innisfail 26, Ivanhoes 25, Yarrabah 25, Kangaroos 20, Edmonton 19, Southern Suburbs 18, Mareeba 16, Atherton 14, and Tully 4.

Reserve Grade

Cairns Brothers 34 defeated Tully 6

Atherton 12 defeated Innisfail 6

Mareeba 46 defeated Southern Suburbs 20

Yarrabah 28 defeated Mossman-Port Douglas 20

Edmonton 30 defeated Kangaroos 12

Under 18

Cairns Brothers 36 defeated Tully 28

Atherton 50 defeated Innisfail 20

Southern Suburbs 14 defeated Mareeba 12

Yarrabah 20 defeated Mossman-Port Douglas 0 on a forfeit

Edmonton 38 defeated Kangaroos 22

In the final regular round of the CDRL fixtures, Innisfail Leprechauns return home to Callendar Park for the local Derby against the Tully Tigers, in their final home game.

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