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Finals time sees Ghosts on the road to Ballina

KEY MAN: Ghosts hooker Todd Cameron’s battle with Seagull Andrew Battese will be one to watch. PHOTO: Debrah Novak
KEY MAN: Ghosts hooker Todd Cameron’s battle with Seagull Andrew Battese will be one to watch. PHOTO: Debrah Novak

A CHANCE at early passage to the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League grand final awaits the winner of tomorrow's monster clash.

Grafton Ghosts are no strangers to finals footy, nor are their qualifying finals opponents, Ballina Seagulls.

The two met in last year's preliminary final, with the Ghosts celebrating another grand final appearance off the back of a 26-20 win.

Ballina tasted sweet revenge earlier this year to the tune of 20-12, but tomorrow's game will be completely different.

It happens every year, but something has changed in the rugby league landscape in the past week.

Captain-coach Ryan Farrell put it down to the higher stakes involved.

"There's a lot more on the line. If we lose on Sunday, then there's no chance of us hosting the grand final," Farrell said.

"Everyone's a lot more desperate and switched on.

"People can get a bit complacent during the year but it's a different story now. Everybody wants to win."

The Ghosts are finally back to full strength this weekend with the return of Khan Williams to the bench.

"I can't remember the last time we had everyone," Farrell said.

"There are a few niggly injuries still hanging around but they should be all good by Sunday."

The positional battle between hookers Todd Cameron and Andrew Battese will be one to watch.

The winners face Mustangs in the grand final qualifier, while the loser will host an elimination semi-final.

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