First goal of the season
By Tony White
Grafton Ghosts Junior Rugby League Club has kicked a goal even before the season officially commences on April 30.
The club has linked with Westlawn Finance & Insurance group in a major three-year sponsorship deal.
"Westlawn welcome the opportunity to become involved in the sporting community at the junior level and looks forward to a rewarding association with Grafton Ghosts Junior League Club," Westlawn Finance sales executive Trevor Hageman said.
All Grafton Ghosts juniors will be issued with new club shorts featuring the Westlawn logo.
Currently more than 120 junior players ranging in age from five to 16-year-olds are registered with the club.
Juniors president Tony Cameron said the club is hopeful of adding more names to the roster prior to the club's season-opening games at Frank McGuren Park.
"With kids turning to soccer, rugby union and even basketball it's getting harder to keep the numbers up, but we're hopeful of having as many if not more registered players than last year," Cameron said.
"The junior committee appreciates the support of Westlawn and our other long standing sponsors. Without the support of sponsors, junior players would not have the opportunity to develop their skills and enjoy the game of rugby league.
"At the Ghosts we're lucky to have a great association and relationship with the senior club, Michael Rogan and Gary Berry. We are one unit, not separate entities and that's how it should be.
"This year our expectations are to try and achieve a bit more than last year. Financially we did very well and we're trying to top that too.
"The kids can't wait for the season to begin."
The juniors will field teams in nine divisions in the Group One premiership: 7s, 9, 10s, 11s, 12s, 13s, 14s, 15s and 16s.
Last year the Ghosts 12s were grand final winners and secretary Sharon Corbett was named Group Secretary of the Year. The 12s' coach Warwick Brown was also named Group Coach of the Year.
The Ghosts currently have an application lodged with the NSW Department of Sport and Recreation for a grant to fund new lighting and irrigation at its home ground, Frank McGuren Park.
Trevor Hageman, left, and President of Junior Ghosts Tony Cameron observe team members in the new jumpers.