Complacency biggest hurdle
By DAVE MORRISON
The Grafton Redmen
OVERCOMING complacency may be the big hurdle for the Mighty River Redmen today when the competition front-runners travel north to tackle cellar dwellers, the Lennox Head Trojans.
Grafton, undefeated and with bonus points in each of their four games face the newly-promoted and winless Trojans in a game that, on paper, looks like a walk in the park for the Redmen.
Following their bye last week, Grafton will be a little underdone physically and perhaps mentally, a factor that coach Gary Powell is acutely aware could lay the foundations for an upset.
Despite their differing positions on the competition table, Lennox have proved themselves capable in their first year in the top grade and have a youthful backline that, if given room to move, can cause plenty of dangers.
There are changes to the Redmen lineup with centre Ray Mercy out, his place being taken by the versatile Jon Chevalley moving from the backrow.
His place has been taken by veteran flanker Tim Landrigan.
Rob Brown also returns to the back row, his experience and that of Landrigan ensuring that any sign of complacency is not tolerated on the paddock.
Dynamic hooker, Sean Austin also comes into the side for Gary Powell.
Grafton first grade: Scott Forwell, Sean Austin, Dan Hayne, Jono Speechley, Matt Runge, Paul Cameron, Tim Landrigan, Rob Brown, Brett Graham, Jason Landrigan, Shane Denshire, Jon Chevalley, Aaron Taylor, Tom Gerrard, Justin Spurway