15 August, 2022
Roosters secure big win
THE Atherton Roosters have secured one of their most important wins with a 36-26 triumph against Suburbs on Sunday at Atherton’s Mungalli Creek Dairy Stadium while the Mareeba Gladiators lost 46-24 against premiers Yarrabah away on Sunday as well.
With two games remaining in the premiership rounds, the Rooster’s Sunday win has all but locked them in a finals spot, as they are positioned fourth on the points table.
The Roosters dominated the first half and led 16-4 at the break after tries to Jermaine Pedro, Tom Cuda and Connor Griffin. Rodney Griffin and Ty Grogan both crossed for tries soon after the restart and the Roosters had extended their led to 24-4 with 35 minutes remaining.
Suburbs replied with two of their own which closed the gap to 24-14 before second match tries to both Griffin and Grogan followed for the Roosters and they now looked comfortable leading 36-14.
To their credit, Suburbs finished the afternoon full of running and crossed for two late tries which wrapped up the contest. Traveling down to Jilara Oval on Sunday, the Gladiators had a tough match ahead of them facing off against Yarrabah.
The visitors crossed the line a total of four times compared to Yarrabah’s 10 tries, while they only managed to successfully convert three of them.
Local derby action returns to Atherton this Saturday with the Roosters hosting Mareeba in the Tableland Cup decider.
The first grade points table is Mossman 32, Brothers 30, Innisfail 30, Atherton 24, Ivanhoes 22, Kangaroos 20, Yarrabah 16, Suburbs 14, Tully 12, Mareeba 8, Edmonton 2.