Around the clubs - Grafton



What a start to the season for the Ghosties First Grade team claiming a victory over our arch-rivals Lower Clarence.

With a great performance by each and every player that took to the field it puts a bright light on the season ahead.

Jason 'Rowdy' Vidler was my pick for best player on the field and the players were of the same opinion.

Matt Michael, Brett Wicks and Shaun Davidson were also a key to our success by dominating the forward battle.

A big wrap goes out to our Under-18s player Kyle Walters, whose impact off the bench was impressive to say the least.

Josh Ryder was everywhere in defence, topping the tackle count with 30 tackles.

We however did not come out of the battle unscathed with Aaron Marscham spending two nights in hospital with severe concussion.

The reserves were a little unlucky and went down late in the game.

But if numbers are any indication of how the team will fare things might change shortly with a large number of players at Tuesday's training.

Watching from the stands I thought good games were had by Byron Ryder, Joe Geary, Kurt Boakman and the ever-green Darrin Heron.

The Players' Player went to Joe 'Gearbox' Geary.

The Under-18s would have been wishing that they could have the first 15 minutes all over again.

Hopefully they learnt their lesson and won't give the opposition such a start next time.

Best players on the field Kyle Walters, Brad Rodda, Mitch Rouse and Players' Player Anthony 'Boog' Don.

This week's Ghosties Goose Award goes to Byron Ryder with some questionable post-try celebrations.

It's a home game this weekend against Ballina, who are a formidable team at best.

Season tickets for nine home games are available for $45 at the Albion Hotel.

A Supporter's Pack that includes a season pass and merchandise are available from Gerry on 66424161 or at the ground for $65.



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