Leprechauns ex­pect a chal­leng­ing run home

The Cairns Post - - SPORT - JA­COB GRAMS LEAGUE

INNISFAIL Leprechauns coach Leon Hal­lie can’t pre­dict the fu­ture but he knows every team will be gun­ning for them in the fi­nal three rounds – and it’s ex­actly how he wants it.

The Leprechauns took an­other step to­wards the mi­nor pre­mier­ship with a 22-18 win over Ivan­hoes, who look set for a dog­fight for fifth spot with Tully for the rest of the sea­son.

Hal­lie said it was no sur­prise to see their op­po­nents, who lost to last-placed Ed­mon­ton the week prior, bounce back hard and was thrilled to see his side make the most of a 10-6 half­time lead.

“We al­ways knew they were go­ing to come at us and give it their all. It was a great game of footy,” he said.

“We got it out to about 22-12 with four min­utes to go, then they scored and gave them­selves a chance.”

Hal­lie said Innisfail was now get­ting into semi-fi­nal mode and were lucky to cover dif­fer­ent game styles in wins over Yarrabah and Ivan­hoes.

Those two teams are the last po­ten­tial fi­nals op­po­nents the Leprechauns will meet lead­ing into the post-sea­son, but the coach said no team would make it easy for them.

“We re­alise that any­one we come up against is go­ing to put their best foot for­ward. Ev­ery­one at this time of year tough,” Hal­lie said.

While not nec­es­sar­ily con­sid­er­ing rest­ing play­ers, he said he would con­tin­u­ing tinker­ing with the line-up.

Lach­lan Biondi-Odo is one who has im­pressed at full­back and will likely shift out to the wing next week so Tim Sav­age can re­cover from his ail­ment. is

Pic­ture: CHRIS HOLMES

TRY TIME: Ben Reuter scores for Innisfail Brothers in a 22-18 win over Ivan­hoes at Cal­len­dar Park.

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