Adamson to give Redmen Ghost of a chance

By STEVE SPINKS

GRAFTON first grade rugby union coach Gary Powell has pulled a selection swifty by picking Grafton Ghosts rugby league first-grader Chris Adamson on the wing for their must-win clash against Ballina at Quays Reserve, Ballina, in the final round of Bangalow Hotel Far North Coast rugby union.

Adamson will make his run-on debut in first grade for the Redmen and will give the visitors a big lift out wide, especially in the goal-kicking department, where Ghosts fullback is known as a sharp-shooter.

With Grafton having a shocking season in league, Adamson started playing reserve grade for the Redmen about six weeks ago and has therefore qualified for the semi-finals should the Redmen make it.

"He's (Adamson) been going well in reserve grade," Powell said.

"He's been training with us instead of Ghosts.

"He's a good player. He's very safe under the ball, a good kicker and he can tackle."

According to Powell, the rangy winger has been picking up the rules of rugby well, considering his limited experience in the game.

But there could be few tougher tests for a debutant than playing against Ballina at Ballina.

Grafton haven't won at Quays Reserve since returning to the FNC competition in 2001.

It's a daunting record to dwell on before a game that has the season of three teams riding on it.

Grafton and Ballina are equal third on 52 points, with SCU only four points behind.

The winner of the Ballina clash will jump Lismore into second position on the ladder and a major semi-final against Casino.

The loser may miss out if the Students beat Yamba with a bonus point.



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