Ma­reeba fight back but Cock­a­toos cling on

The Cairns Post - - SPORT - MATT NICHOLLS

SOUTH­ERN Sub­urbs de­fied a late surge from Ma­reeba to se­cure a spot in the CDRL re­serve grade grand fi­nal.

The Gor­don­vale-based side led 22-6 at half-time and 34-12 at one point in the sec­ond stanza, but only just held on to win 34-30.

The Cock­a­toos had plenty of con­trib­u­tors and caught the Ga­tors on the hop early af­ter many ex­pected Ma­reeba to get the job done.

How­ever, the Table­land side didn’t lie down and made a sig­nif­i­cant run at South­ern Sub­urbs and had just enough time to pinch the game.

When Dar­ren Ball slot­ted his fifth con­ver­sion of the match, the Ga­tors had 30 sec­onds of play to make a run at the Cock­a­toos.

But they were un­able to break the line and fell short by four points.

By win­ning, South­ern Sub­urbs set up a grand fi­nal clash with Yarrabah.

The Sea­hawks will be tipped by many to get the job done, with a big crowd ex­pected at Bar­low Park to cheer on the com­mu­nity club.

Ear­lier, Kan­ga­roos de­feated In­n­is­fail to book a place in the un­der-19 grand fi­nal.

The Kan­ga­roos had six in­di­vid­ual try scor­ers on the day and showed their su­pe­rior fit­ness to run away with the con­test in the sec­ond half.

It was a dis­ap­point­ing fin­ish for the Leprechauns af­ter fin­ish­ing the sea­son on top of the lad­der.

Kan­ga­roos will play Broth­ers in next Satur­day’s grand fi­nal.

The two sides met twice in the CDRL sea­son, with hon­ours split.

In their first clash, Broth­ers won 56-6 but, just six weeks later, the Roos hit back to win 38-30.

DE­TER­MINED: Ma­reeba's Eli­saia Tokarahi takes on the de­fence.

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