Top-of-the-ladder Innisfail showed their premiership credentials with a resounding 60-6 win over Kangaroos in their Round 12 David McCoy Homes Key Real Estate Cairns District Rugby League A Grade showdown on Saturday night.
In the Kenfrost Homes Game of the Round, the Leprechauns were far too strong for the reigning premiers, running in 10 tries.
Corey Davis grabbed a double, while Luke Fleming, Kyle Stepanoff, Jordan Biondi-Odo, Adam Fichera, Fili Fate, Rob Haren, Rod Jensen and Jarred Laza also got on the scoresheet. Hayden Topliss landed eight conversions.
Tully remain hot on the heels of their Cassowary Coast rivals after another impressive victory, this time a 36-6 win at Yarrabah.
The Seahawks are the only team to have beaten Innisfail this year, but were no match for the Tigers at Jilara Oval.
Interchange Tully winger Jonathan Hughes scored a second-half hat-trick and in the process landed the LD Total Cairns CDRL Player of the Round.
The result leaves Tully still in second spot, but level pegging on points with Innisfail, while Yarrabah drop to fourth spot.
The big mover on the weekend was Southern Suburbs, who beat Ivanhoes 28-18 at Alley Park to move into third on the ladder.
Suburbs hooker Maddie Oosen continued his fine comeback from a long-standing injury which kept him out of the game for 18 months, scoring two tries.
Suburbs coach Greg Annison said his side responded well in the second stanza after a disappointing performance in the opening 40 minutes.
“We had a very poor first-half and gave them far too many opportunities, but we addressed that at half-time and went back to what we have been doing,” said Annison.
“Our aim at the start of the season was a top three finish at the end of the regular rounds, and then anything can happen in the semi-finals, so we’re on course for that.
“Maddie is still not 100 per cent fit but is nearing match fitness, and is starting to play more minutes every week now, which is great.
“He’s been like a new signing for us having been out for so long, and we reckon he’ll be back to his very best in a few weeks.”
Mareeba kept alive their top five hopes with a gritty 32-20 victory over Brothers on their home ground of Davies Park.
Gladiators coach Cameron McPherson praised young forwards Shannon Bailey and Henley Tabudi for their stand-out performances, after the hosts had been down 14-8 at the break.
Meanwhile, Mossman-Port Douglas missed the chance to return to the top five after a thrilling 16-16 draw with Edmonton at Mossman Showgrounds.
Atherton Roosters had a bye.
2014 David McCoy Homes Cairns Key Real Estate A Grade – ROUND 12 RESULTS
Saturday 31 May
Innisfail Leprechauns 60 (Davis 2, Fleming, Stepanoff, Biondi-Odo, Fichera, Fate, Haren, Jensen, Laza tries; Topliss 8 goals) def Cairns Kangaroos 6 (Whap try; Stephens goal) at Callendar Park.
Southern Suburbs 28 (Oosen 2, Henley, Rayment, Richardson tries; Hanlon 4 goals) def Ivanhoe Knights 16 (Burns, Prior, McMullen tries; Brim 2 goals) at Alley Park.
Mareeba Gladiators 32 (Hogan, Gutchen, Hughes, Cokansigo, Sio, Aue, Tabudi tries; Hunter 2 goals) def Cairns Brothers 20 (O’Farrell, Nona, Emery-Hunia tries; Bird 4 goals) at Davies Park.
Mossman-Port Douglas Sharks 16 (Hayes, Zammataro, Grainer tries; Hayes, Tuccandigee goals) drew with Edmonton Storm 16 (Toby, Harrison, Tutavake tries; Harrison, Haines goals) at Mossman Showgrounds.
Sunday 1 June
Tully Tigers 36 (Hughes 3, Verney 2, Ritai, Peri tries; Jolley 3, Ritai goals ) def Yarrabah Seahawks 6 (M. Mossman try; B. Murgha goal) at Jilara Oval.