Footy feast

Simon Hampshire on the charge.
Simon Hampshire on the charge. Lynne Mowbray

A HUGE weekend of football is set to descend on Grafton, with some blockbuster events sure to draw big crowds to all the local footy grounds.

The NRRRL boasts a top-of-the-table clash and replay of last year's grand final between the Grafton Ghosts and Murwillumbah Mustangs at Frank McGurren Park on Sunday.

Many of the players, including Ghosts captain coach Ryan Farrell, will be backing up after the NRRRL rep side plays against Canberra at Cessnock tomorrow.

"The Mustangs were not happy chappies on the way home from the grand finals last year and they are coming here with a plan to try to upset our unbeaten run in all three grades," Ghosts publicity officer Robin Smith said.

None of the Ghosts' NRRRL teams have been beaten this year, but they face their stiffest competition this weekend, against the ever-threatening Mustangs.

Over the river at Rugby Park tomorrow the Grafton Redmen are hosting their annual sponsors' day, with four grades of running rugby action to be showcased.

The Redmen first graders have endured a tough season thus far but are sure to put in a strong showing at home against Casino.

The last time the two teams met on a wet pitch, Casino edged out the Grafton side 20-10.

The second grade and under-19 Redmen also play Casino, while the third-placed President's Cup team takes on fourth-placed Bangalow.

In the Aussie rules clash of the round, the Grafton Tigers tackle the Coffs Harbour Swans at Ellem Oval tomorrow, starting at 2.30pm.

The only Grafton club missing out on top-grade action this weekend is the Westlawn Tigers, who have a bye in the first division of the North Coast Football league.

Maclean Bobcats are hosting their match against the Northern Storm Thunder at Barry Watts Oval tomorrow at 3pm.

Also in the NRRRL, Lower Clarence Magpies play at Yamba Sport Complex tomorrow and the Grafton Rhinos reserves host Marist at McKittrick Park on Sunday.

Topics:  football, grafton ghosts, nrrrl, rugby league



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