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Ivanhoes slay Sharks in gritty comeback

The first game of Round 2 CDRL fixtures was played last Friday evening between Ivanhoes and Mossman-Port Douglas Sharks in wet conditions at Smithfield.

A determined Sharks side fought back after a 4-0 deficit to take a 12-4 lead late in the first half, but the Knights had gutsy comeback and ground out the 22-20 victory.

In Reserve Grade, Mossman-Port Douglas Sharks ground out a 16-10 over Ivanhoes, while in the women's game Ivanhoes defeated Mossman-Port Douglas Sharkettes 6-1.

On Saturday, Innisfail Leprechauns travelled up the range to clash with Mareeba Gladiators.

Main Image: Yarrabah's Rodrick Duncan is halted by a Southern Suburbs player. Photo: Maria Girgenti

In A Grade, Mareeba suffered a 28-14 defeat at the hands of Innisfail.

The Leprechauns women's touch team backed up their good form last week with a convincing 24-4 victory against Mareeba.

Innisfail Under 18s handed Mareeba a 54-4 defeat, while in Reserve Grade the fulltime score was 24-10 in favour of Innisfail.

After the bye in Round 1, Edmonton Storm kicked off their CDRL campaign with mixed results in their against Atherton Roosters on a wet playing surface at Mungalli Creek Dairy Stadium.

In A Grade, Atherton notched up a 30-16 win over Edmonton while in Reserves, Storm finished with a 28-20 victory over the Roosters.

The Under 18s Roosters were well and truly plucked by Edmonton and were handed a 50-0 defeat.

The Atherton women's team put in a strong performance and came up trumps with an 8-1 victory over Edmonton.

In their first home game of the season, Tully Tigers A Grade side took on Kangaroos where they played for the Hanson Cup.

Kangaroos led the Tigers by 10-4 at halftime and went on to win the game 18-14.

In Reserve Grade, Tully were too strong and downed Kangaroos 38-10.

Tully Tigers women's touch team extended a late invitation to Southern Suburbs for a game where they came away with a 4-0 win.

Yarrabah's Jack Webster is sandwiched between the Southern Suburbs defence.
Yarrabah's Jack Webster is sandwiched between the Southern Suburbs defence.

On Sunday, Yarrabah were up against Southern Suburbs at home in three grades. 

In A Grade, despite a late second half comeback by Yarrabah, Suburbs prevailed with a 30-22 win after leading by 20-16 at halftime.

In a see-sawing first half, Yarrabah posted first points through Milton Mossman and Suburbs responded with one try apiece to Chad Henley and Jack Brown.

The Seahawks retaliated with a try to Zachary Mossman while Cephias Chinfat and Brett Power also registered four pointers for Suburbs.

With 10 minutes remaining in the first half, Jayden Kynuna found the try line for Yarrabah which saw them trailing by four at the break. 

Suburbs scored first in the second half through Patrick Gallen and Steven Tatipata.

Wayne Costello dived over for a Yarrabah try in the final five minutes of the game and although the extras were added by Bert Harris, it was little too late for the Seahawks. 

After the game, Seahawks A Grade coach Eddie Prior told his players to focus on what they are supposed to do but also said he noticed an improvement from last week's performance.

“In the first five to 10 minutes of the second half the boys seemed to fall away and lose control of the game because they didn't keep themselves calm and composed,” Prior said.

He said he felt the hooker Ross Maloney showed good leadership in the first half, but felt he lacked support when it came to ball distribution and completion of sets.

“The team is still in a rebuilding phase and not yet at full strength as we lost two players to Mossman and now have a couple of new players who are learning the moves, plays and their field positions."

The team still has a couple of older experienced players to return which Prior hopes will help keep the rest of the team more focused and relaxed on the playing field.

This week at training, the team will focus on the basics such as ball control, repeat sets and all the little things in the game.

"Mossman-Port Douglas have a good side with most of the boys from last year still there and our boys will really have to lift their game if we are to be competitive this weekend," Prior said.

Yarrabah Under 18s ran in nine tries to three against Suburbs to win 48-16.

The Reserve Grade clash went down to the wire and Suburbs had a thrilling two point win over Yarrabah.

Elsewhere, City won 18-0 over Country in the women's game, while Cairns Brothers had the bye.

  • Round 3 CDRL fixtures will kick off on Saturday when Innisfail clash with Atherton at Callendar Park; Edmonton Storm are at home against Kangaroos at Peterson Park while Ivanhoes have the bye.
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