Mareeba fight back but Cockatoos cling on
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.