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20 September, 2021

Young Roosters one step closer to CDRL grand final

THE Atherton Senior Roosters under 18 side have fought back from a 14-6 halftime deficit to record a 24-18 win against Ivanhoes in Sunday’s Cairns District Rugby League qualifying final played at Barlow Park.


Roosters Zemekis Hunter directs play at Barlow Park on Sunday.

THE Atherton Senior Roosters under 18 side have fought back from a 14-6 halftime deficit to record a 24-18 win against Ivanhoes in Sunday’s Cairns District Rugby League qualifying final played at Barlow Park. 

After scoring first in the 14th minute through a try to Clayton Dalgety the Roosters went off the pace and allowed Ivanhoes to hit back with three tries. 

Ivanhoes looked comfortable going to the break leading 14-6 but it was the Roosters who returned to the park full of energy and were strong in their chase to save the points. 

Keyarn Porter’s try four minutes after the restart lifted the Roosters back into the contest and they now had all the momentum going their way.

Fullback Nelson Bob hit the line for a try at the 45th minute mark and the Roosters were back in front 18-14. 

From here, the Roosters continued to force errors on Ivanhoes with solid defence and some clever ball skills which saw Zemekis Hunter go over for Atherton’s fourth try eight minutes from fulltime.

Ivanhoes did cross for another four pointer in the final minute but it was the Roosters pushing further into the finals series with their six point victory. 

The young Roosters return to Barlow Park this Sunday for more finals against under 18 minor premiers the Edmonton Storm at 11.30am.

The winner of this final advances to the October 9 grand final while the loser will stay alive for another crack on October 3.

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