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