Innisfail cap off stellar season with Under 13 premiership

The undefeated Brothers Innisfail Under 13 team capped off a stellar season with a 28-10 grand final win against Redlynch to claim the premiership at Cairns District Junior Rugby League finals at Jones Park on Saturday.

Tureti Ryder from Brothers Innisfail was awarded Under 13 Best and Fairest trophy.

Kangaroos claimed two premierships in the Under 14 and Under 15 age groups, while Ivanhoes were crowned Under 16 champions.

Results were as follows:

Under 13

Innisfail Brothers 28 (William Roos, Xapheniah Tanner, Charlie Alcock, Jayden Wahlin, Tureti Ryder, Kenneth Banu tries; William Roos 2 goals) defeated Redlynch 10 (Jayce Hudson, Cooper Berzinski tries; Noah Miles goal)

Under 14

Kangaroos 40 (Jace Williams 3, Cooper Kettles 2, Devontey Auda, Trashann Matthew, Noah Caisley, Patrick Gordon tries; Liam O'Brien 2 goals) defeated Ivanhoes 8 (Chad Knowles, Lachlan Todd tries)

Under 15

Kangaroos 20 (Elekana Suavai 2, Ryan Hawking, Keron Thompson tries; Ryan Hawking 2 goals) defeated Scorpions 16 (Marcellus Luki 3, Simeon Mosby tries)

Under 16

Ivanhoes 12 (Beau Hodges, Wayne Meredith, Jerome Stokes tries) defeated Edmonton 10 (Hamish Davies, Able Umurua tries; James Frazer goal)

The premiership winning Under 14 Kangaroos team. Photo: Arama & Rosina Samuel
The premiership winning Under 14 Kangaroos team. Photo: Arama & Rosina Samuel

CDJRL Team Scoring Most Points - Kangaroos Under 14

CDJRL Volunteer of the Year - Tanya Croucher (Mareeba JRL)

J & H E Jones Family Trophy - Representative Player of the Year - Male: Ben Dooley (Ivanhoes); Female: Dakota Taputoa (Kangaroos)

Jack & Irene Seary - Most Promising Referee - Ethan Lloyd

An elated Innisfail Under 13 coach William Cunningham said all players fulfilled their roles on the field.

"They completed their sets and just played great footy. It was a great game to watch against Redlynch who also put on a great display of footy," Cunningham said. 

Cunningham took the opportunity to thank Redlynch for an outstanding grand final.

"It’s been a pleasure to be part of the Innisfail Under 13s team this year as their coach."

Innisfail were leading by 16-6 at halftime, then in the second half Innisfail got on with the job scoring two tries and one to Redlynch to finish 28-10 at fulltime and to bring home the silverware.

"Once again, Innisfail played for their team and supported each other on and off the field," Cunningham said.

"It was awesome to see so much support for Innisfail boys from parents, guardians and family of which I am extremely appreciative for their support."

Northern Pride players Jordan Biondi-Odo, Joseph Eichner, Terrence Casey-Douglas and Denzel King were in attendance and lend a hand with the presentation of trophies.

The premiership winning Under 16 Ivanhoes team. Arama & Rosina Samuel
The premiership winning Under 16 Ivanhoes team. Arama & Rosina Samuel

Main image: Brothers Innisfail Under 13 team have had a clean sweep after finishing the season undefeated and going on to win the grand final and premiership. Photo: Arama & Rosina Samuel