30 May, 2022
Roosters dominate Innisfail
THE Atherton Roosters rise to being the best defensive team in the FNQ Rugby League continued on Saturday night when they shutdown fellow premiership contenders Innisfail 32-12 at Atherton’s Mungalli Creek Dairy Stadium.
Innisfail took the points in their round one meeting earlier this year, however it was the Roosters who turned the tables and dominated on Saturday with a six tries to two victory.
Atherton held a 10-6 lead at the break after tries to Nathan Curcio and Ty Grogan, but their second half defensive effort had Innisfail on the back foot.
Kyle Wyatt, Nick Pratten and Rodney Griffin all crossed for second half tries while Ty Grogan grabbed a second.
Grogan is now a clear leader as the league’s top points scorer after contributing another 16 points on Saturday.
After eight rounds of competition, Atherton and Brothers head the first grade points table on 14 followed by Mossman 12, Ivanhoes 12, Innisfail 10, Kangaroos 10, Yarrabah 6, Tully 6, Suburbs 4, Mareeba 4, Edmonton 2.
The Roosters under 18 side continued their runaway season to remain undefeated on Saturday with a 30-10 win over Innisfail after leading 12-10 at the break.
Zaimen Gilbert crossed for a double in the Roosters count while Will Simms, Jhiden Dikes, Jack Gatacre and Jonomick Lui scored one each.
In reserve grade, the Roosters got their season back on track with a hard fought 22-16 victory over Innisfail.
The new Tablelands (Mareeba/Atherton) women’s side had their first run for the year and came away 36-20 winners over Innisfail.
The Senior Roosters have the competition bye this weekend before playing their next match at Tully on June 12.