29 March, 2022

Innisfail takes back Mayor’s Cup

THE Innisfail Leprechauns have won back the John Cole Toyota Mayor’s Cup after defeating the Atherton Roosters 26-10 in Saturday nights opening round of the 2022 FNQ Rugby League premiership competition played at Innisfail.

Roosters Caleb Dawson meets the defence at Innisfail on Saturday.
Roosters Caleb Dawson meets the defence at Innisfail on Saturday.

The Mayor’s Cup is an annual first grade match up played between the two clubs each year and now remains in Innisfail for twelve months after a three year stint in Atherton. Innisfail also collected the two premiership points on offer in the first week of the new season following their five tries to two victory over the Roosters. 

After leading 8-4 at the break, Innisfail crossed three more times in the second term which shut out any chance of a Roosters recovery. 

While undermanned for the trip to Innisfail, the Roosters night was riddled with errors and many times they were guilty of handing possession to their opposition early in the tackle count. 

Nick Pratten has strong in his new front row position for the Roosters while hooker Glenn Dumbell had his usual busy 80 minutes. In the under 18 game, the young Roosters outmuscled Innisfail with a strong defensive effort to finish 28-6 winners after leading 18-6 at halftime. 

The final score in the reserve grade match was a 26 all draw after Innisfail scored a converted try on the fulltime siren to lock the scores up. 

Results from other first grade games played over the weekend – Suburbs 26 vs Mareeba 24, Mossman 72 vs Yarrabah 12, Kangaroos 40 vs Edmonton 28, Brothers 64 vs Tully 4. 

This weekend the Senior Roosters host a rare Sunday home game against the Yarrabah Seahawks at Atherton’s Mungalli Creek Dairy Stadium.


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