DESPITE an improved showing from Suburbs, the Atherton Roosters were able to shake them off to record a 22-16 win in Saturday night’s Cairns District Rugby League first grade premiership match at the Mungalli Creek Dairy Stadium. The match was played at a high intensity with both sides full of energy and keen to runt he ball.
Things started well for the visitors with two early tries to lead the contest 10-0 after 15 minutes of play. The Roosters replied with two quick tries and this locked the score at 10 all for the break. Suburbs scored first in the second session to push ahead 16- 10. However, that was to be the visitors last points as the Roosters powered home with another two tries to secure the victory.
Hooker Ned Blackman collected another two tries for the Roosters while forwards Graham Clark Jnr and Luke La Rosa worked hard in both attack and defence. The points table after fiverounds – Atherton 8, Brothers 8, Kangaroos 7, Innisfail 5, Ivanhoes 5, Mossman 4, Yarrabah 4, Edmonton 4, Suburbs 3, Mareeba 2, Tully 0. In reserve grade, the Roosters won 34-6 over Suburbs to claim their third straight win. Centre Darcy Taylor scored a double in the seven tries to one victory for the Roosters. The Roosters under 18 sidemclaimed a 40-8 win over Suburbs with centre Keifha Rosas crossing for a treble in the try scoring.
Kaydee Chatfield, Sharee Andrews and Catherine Clark all crossed for tries in the Roosters Ladies 3-0 win over Suburbs. The Atherton Roosters have the bye in this weekend’s competition and return for their next match on Sunday, May 26 against Kangaroos at Vico Oval.