Round 3 saw the Falcons travel to Cairns where torrential rain and strong winds (the remnants of Cyclone Nathan) greeted us.

 In tough conditions the Mal Meninga Falcons recorded a tremendously hard fought win over Northern Pride by 22 – 4.

It is worth noting that goal kicking was near impossible with only one landed so the score represents   a 5 tries to 1 victory.

Going into this game without our starting fullback and front rowers from previous weeks, meant our depth would be sorely tested.

We would also lose Hayden Herbert, our halfback, midway through the first half.

However in a great sign of the depth in this squad the team didn’t miss a beat.

The first try was a good reward for the hard work the team put in at training this week, on set plays and finished off nicely by Brody Riseborough.

At half time the score was 4 – 4, even though we had enjoyed good field position and had a try disallowed.

However this performance was being built on resilience and strong defense.

 Northern Pride lifted a gear and put the team under immense pressure, in the early stages of the 2nd half.

 However with desperate defense and good kicking from Tom Rafter, the Pride panicked and Falcons confidence grew.


In a telling repeat of previous weeks, the team again finished stronger than the opposition in the last fifteen minutes scoring 3 good tries.


It is also the third week in a row we have kept the opposition to one try.


SUNSHINE COAST FALCONS 22 (Cory Parker, Joseph Curran, Brody Riseborough, Jacob Boyce, Dakota Tolhurst tries; Baidon Cooper goal) defeated  NORTHERN PRIDE 4 (Blake Wallace try) at Ivanhoe’s Sports Centre Smithfield