Taulata Fakalelu won the Club's Top Try Scorer and Rep Player of the Year awards. Photo: Maria Girgenti

Innisfail Leprechauns celebrated club and individual player achievements at their annual awards presentation held last Saturday at Brothers Leagues Club Shamrock room.

The A Grade side faced defending premiers Mossman-Port Douglas in the Cairns District Rugby League grand final in a thrilling clash and finished as runners up.

Innisfail's Under 18 team made it into the minor semi final, but were eliminated after they went down 24-18 to Atherton.

At the end of the regular season, the Reserve grade team finished seventh on the ladder and out of finals contention.

In its inaugural year, the Innisfail women's team won the inaugural Cairns District Rugby League NRL touch grand final in Cairns after they defeated Atherton.

Innisfail Women's team won the Cairns District Rugby League touch footy grand final against Atherton at Barlow Park in the competition's inaugural year. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Innisfail Women's team won the Cairns District Rugby League touch footy grand final against Atherton at Barlow Park in the competition's inaugural year. Photo: Maria Girgenti

There were many highlights for the club throughout, with Mamu Health Service coming on board as a sponsor for the women's team and working closely with junior and senior clubs.

The jersey auction at the launch raised close to $15,000 with a number of jerseys attracting high interest.

A Pink Footy Day and jersey auction held in July raised close to $12,270 and enabled a donation of $11,154.55 to be made to Innisfail Breast Cancer Support Group.

Innisfail A grade players wore a limited edition pink jersey for Pink Footy Day and jersey auction in July where just over $11,150 was donated to Innisfail Breast Cancer Support Group. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Innisfail A grade players wore a limited edition pink jersey for Pink Footy Day and jersey auction in July where just over $11,150 was donated to Innisfail Breast Cancer Support Group. Photo: Maria Girgenti

Innisfail reclaimed the Cairns Hardware Challenge David Morris Memorial Shield with a 26-18 victory over Cairns Brothers at Stan Williams Park which is contested annually by both clubs.

They also claimed the Dynamic Timbers Mayors Challenge Trophy with a 36-18 victory over Tully Tigers which is played each year by both clubs.

At their final home game in August, Innisfail Leprechauns teamed up with Mamu Health Service and hosted the inaugural Deadly Choices Invitational Round against Yarrabah where both sides wore a special Indigenous themed jersey.

Innisfail had a convincing 40-16 victory over the Seawhawks and lifted the brand new specially designed shield.

This will become an annual event alternatively hosted by both clubs each year at their home grounds.

A grade captain Robert Haren won the Club's Most Dedicated Player award. Photo: Maria Girgenti
A grade captain Robert Haren won the Club's Most Dedicated Player award. Photo: Maria Girgenti

The club has become part of the NRL State of Mind program which aims to reduce the stigma around mental illness, start positive conversations and stimulate help seeking behaviours within communities. 

Award recipients were as follows:

Women

Most Potential: Kayla Taputoa

Most Improved: Khiarne Henderson

Player of the Year: Ashley Marshall

Ashley Marshall was the recipient of Women's Player of the Year award. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Ashley Marshall was the recipient of Women's Player of the Year award. Photo: Maria Girgenti

Under 18

Best Back: Jarapi Anau

Best Forward: Jayden Spagnolo

Most Potential: Anthony Lowden-Kearing and recipient of the Ron Waugh Memorial Shield

Most Improved: Robert Meeks

Player of the Year: Zane Walsh

Zane Walsh was the winner of Under 18 Player of the Year award. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Zane Walsh was the winner of Under 18 Player of the Year award. Photo: Maria Girgenti

Reserve Grade

Best Back: Michael Morton

Best Forward: Clayton Brown

Most Improved: Clancy Wone

Player of the Year: Devante Heron

Devante Heron was the winner of the Reserve Grade Player of the Year award. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Devante Heron was the winner of the Reserve Grade Player of the Year award. Photo: Maria Girgenti

A Grade

Best Back: Fred Koraba and Aaron Jolley

Best Forward: Leon Walker and recipient of the Max Williamson Memorial Shield

Most Improved: Lachlan Biondi-Odo

Player of the Year: Dan Sagigi

Lachlan Biondi-Odo was the recipient of A Grade Most Improved Player award. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Lachlan Biondi-Odo was the recipient of A Grade Most Improved Player award. Photo: Maria Girgenti

Club Awards

Most Potential Player: Den Waireg-Ingui and recipient of the George Jeffs Memorial Shield

Top Try Scorer: Taulata Fakalelu

Rookie of the Year: Elia Mooka

Rep Player of the Year: Taulata Fakalelu and recipient of the Jack Foster Memorial Shield

Club Person of the Year: Vince O’Brien and Brendon Topliss and recipients of the Cheryl Bowie Memorial Shield

Club Most Dedicated Player: Robert Haren and recipient of the Bimbo Boycon Memorial Shield

Lady Volunteer of the Year: Lisa Sue San and Melissa Clubb and recipients of the Carla Pye Memorial Shield

Dan Sagigi was named A Grade Player of the Year. Photo: Maria Girgenti
Dan Sagigi was named A Grade Player of the Year. Photo: Maria Girgenti