Southern Suburbs' season ends with loss to Innisfail

Innisfail Leprechauns cemented a top three finish after grinding out a 30-12 win over Southern Suburbs at Callendar Park on Saturday.

Last time both sides met it ended in a draw, however, the home side made their intentions clear early in the game and drew first blood when Johann Turner crossed the line.

Innisfail's Johann Turner beat the Suburbs defence and crashed over for the first try of the match. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Innisfail's Johann Turner beat the Suburbs defence and crashed over for the first try of the match. Photo: Maria Girgenti

This was backed up soon after with two tries to Dan Sagigi and the extras added by Michael Morton quickly put them out to a 18-0 lead.

Suburbs opened up their scoring through Ryley Archibald and a successful conversion by Richard Joinbee had them trailing by 12.

Southern Suburbs try scorer Ryley Archibald is wrapped up by Innisfail players Luke Horsford and Joel Lokotui. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Southern Suburbs try scorer Ryley Archibald is wrapped up by Innisfail players Luke Horsford and Joel Lokotui. Photo: Maria Girgenti

A try late to Timothy Ambrum in the dying seconds before half time extended Innisfail's lead to 22-6 at the break.

The Cockatoos put first points on the board in the second half with a try to Shane Thomas and the extras were added by Joinbee saw them behind by 10.

Suburbs player Richard Joinbee evades the grip of Innisfail's Den Waireg-Ingui. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Suburbs player Richard Joinbee evades the grip of Innisfail's Den Waireg-Ingui. Photo: Maria Girgenti

There was plenty of raw emotion in the game which boiled over to two separate on-field incidents and in a matter of minutes, resulted in two Innisfail players and one Suburbs player being dispatched to the sin bin.

There was plenty of feeling between Southern Suburbs and Innisfail Leprechauns teams on Saturday. Photo: Maria Girgenti
There was plenty of feeling between Southern Suburbs and Innisfail Leprechauns teams on Saturday. Photo: Maria Girgenti

With less than 15 minutes left in the game, a successful penalty kick by Morton extended Innisfail's lead to 24-12.

A try to Den Waireg-Ingui and the extras slotted by Morton all but sealed the victory for Innisfail just before the full time siren.

This win secures Innisfail with a finals berth and the end of the season for Suburbs A grade and Under 18 season as they have a bye in the final round.

Southern Suburbs player Steven Tatipata is wrapped up by Innisfail's Fred Koraba and Elia Mooka. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Southern Suburbs player Steven Tatipata is wrapped up by Innisfail's Fred Koraba and Elia Mooka. Photo: Maria Girgenti

Suburbs Reserve grade side are set to play finals footy as they finished the season with six straight wins and are sitting second on the ladder.

Suburbs coach Luke Saunders said they expected it would be a tough, physical contest against Innisfail's big side.

"We have a good competitive group of young players and I'm very proud of the boys as they showed plenty of aggression and fighting spirit." Saunders said.

Suburbs Nick Marino and Innisfail's Johann Turner make a play for a loose ball. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Suburbs Nick Marino and Innisfail's Johann Turner make a play for a loose ball. Photo: Maria Girgenti

Four of Suburbs key players Cephas Chinfat, Patrick Gallen, Brad Lupi and Aidan Day were out due to Pride duties.

In front row, Daniel Tatipata played a huge game with 75 minutes straight against a pretty big pack.

Suburbs player Roland Gallen breaks away from Innisfail's Robert Haren and plans his next move. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Suburbs player Roland Gallen breaks away from Innisfail's Robert Haren and plans his next move. Photo: Maria Girgenti

Two 17 year old boys in Joel Winklemuller and Taj Walker stepped up to the challenge, while Nick Marino, aged 18, in only his second A grade game was great in the halves.

Suburbs started the season with only Aidan Day as a Pride contracted player, and since then, there have been four other players from the club go on to play for Pride this year which Saunders said has been rewarding.

Suburbs player Zack Sosiak makes a strong run up against the Innisfail Leprechauns defence. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Suburbs player Zack Sosiak makes a strong run up against the Innisfail Leprechauns defence. Photo: Maria Girgenti

The coach said this season, Mossman-Port Douglas had been his side's hardest game.

Suburbs have plenty of depth in their lower grades with the Reserves doing well this season and lots of young talent coming up from Under 18s.

Southern Suburbs player Taj Walker is halted by Innisfail's Chris Galea and Ayden Kris. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Southern Suburbs player Taj Walker is halted by Innisfail's Chris Galea and Ayden Kris. Photo: Maria Girgenti

Southerns Suburbs club secured four grants for a $1.7 million expansion project at Alley Park which will see a new pavilion built for next season.

The pavilion will feature state league-sized dressing sheds, first aid room, toilets, committee room, canteen, undercover club area and storage shed which will really bring the juniors and seniors together.

Despite being swarmed on by Suburbs players Innisfail's Usaia Fonongaloa surged dangerously close to the try line. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Despite being swarmed on by Suburbs players Innisfail's Usaia Fonongaloa surged dangerously close to the try line. Photo: Maria Girgenti

Innisfail coach Leon Hallie named Johann Turner as the player of the match and said it was another tough game against Suburbs.

"Even though we weren’t as clinical as we would of liked, the boys worked hard for each other for the full 80 minutes which is pleasing to see at this time of year," Hallie said. 

Southern Suburbs player Taj Walker latches onto Innisfail's Aaron Jolley. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Southern Suburbs player Taj Walker latches onto Innisfail's Aaron Jolley. Photo: Maria Girgenti

Lata Fakalelu and Leon Walker picked up injuries in the Suburbs game and will be monitored during the week as this Saturday, Innisfail face another tough contest against Yarrabah.

"While it would be rewarding to beat Yarrabah leading into finals, it's not a priority, so if we need to rest players in order to be fit for finals then so be it," Hallie said.

Innisfail players congratulate Johann Turner after he scored the first try of the match. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Innisfail players congratulate Johann Turner after he scored the first try of the match. Photo: Maria Girgenti

Round 19 Results

A Grade

Mossman-Port Douglas 58 defeated Edmonton 12

Innisfail 30 defeated Southern Suburbs 12

Mareeba 20 defeated Tully 0

Yarrabah 32 defeated Atherton 28

Cairns Brothers 46 defeated Ivanhoes 4

Bye - Kangaroos

Ladder: Mossman-Port Douglas 26, Yarrabah 26, Innisfail 25, Cairns Brothers 22, Atherton 20, Southern Suburbs 18,  Kangaroos 15, Ivanhoes 13, Mareeba 12, Edmonton 10, Tully 1

Innisfail's Fred Koraba refused to be brought down in a tackle despite the attention of Suburbs players Ricky Macri and Minjiluk McInnes. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Innisfail's Fred Koraba refused to be brought down in a tackle despite the attention of Suburbs players Ricky Macri and Minjiluk McInnes. Photo: Maria Girgenti

Reserve Grade

Mossman-Port Douglas 24 defeated Edmonton 22

Southern Suburbs 26 defeated Innisfail 14

Mareeba 34 defeated Tully 26

Yarrabah 34 defeated Atherton 16

Cairns Brothers 44 defeated Ivanhoes 6

Ladder: Yarrabah 24, Southern Suburbs 22, Atherton 21, Mossman-Port Douglas 20, Cairns Brothers 20, Innisfail 19, Mareeba 18, Tully 16, Kangaroos 13, Edmonton 12, Ivanhoes 3 

Southern Suburbs Reserve grade players congratulate each other after a try is scored in the game against Innisfail. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Southern Suburbs Reserve grade players congratulate each other after a try is scored in the game against Innisfail. Photo: Maria Girgenti

Under 18

Edmonton won on forfeit by Mossman-Port Douglas

Mareeba 20 defeated Tully 0

Innisfail won on forfeit by Southern Suburbs

Yarrabah 44 defeated Atherton 38

Ivanhoes 24 defeated Ivanhoes 20

Ladder: Ivanhoes 33, Edmonton 28, Cairns Brothers 26, Innisfail 25, Atherton 20, Yarrabah 18, Kangaroos 14, Southern Suburbs 12, Mareeba 10, Tully 1, Mossman-Port Douglas 1 

Innisfail's Jackson Laza beats the Southern Suburbs defence to plant the ball down for the home side's third try in the Reserve grade game. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Innisfail's Jackson Laza beats the Southern Suburbs defence to plant the ball down for the home side's third try in the Reserve grade game. Photo: Maria Girgenti

Round 20 A Grade Fixtures

Friday, August 23

Ivanhoes v Mossman-Port Douglas at Smithfield Sports Complex

Saturday, August 24

Edmonton v Mareeba at Petersen Park, Edmonton

Tully v Atherton at Tully Showgrounds

Innisfail v Yarrabah at Callendar Park, Innisfail

Sunday, August 25

Cairns Brothers v Kangaroos at Stan Williams Park, Cairns

Bye - Southern Suburbs

Devante Heron crashed over for Innisfail's first try in the Reserve grade game against Suburbs. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Devante Heron crashed over for Innisfail's first try in the Reserve grade game against Suburbs. Photo: Maria Girgenti

Main image: Despite a desperate attempt by Suburbs player Ryley Archibald, Innisfail's Dan Sagigi is able to crash over for his first try of the match. Photo: Maria Girgenti