Footy players? week off
By TONY WHITE
WHAT do local rugby league players get up to over the Easter long weekend?
While respective coaches Matt Michael (Grafton Ghosts) and Jason Wilkinson (Lower Clarence) elected to give the players a weekend away from training, 'bonding sessions' proved very popular.
A dozen or so Ghosts first graders ended up having an impromptu bonding session on Saturday.
"There was nothing planned but we ended up having a bonding session that involved various venues," Michael said of the 'watering hole' adventure. "They've had the weekend off to enjoy Easter but it will be back to training as normal on Tuesday and Thursday.
While the Ghosts are winless after two rounds of the 2006 Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition, Michael believes the team has good scope to produce results.
"We've got the core of a good side but we've got to put it together on game day and produce when it matters," he said.
"I was very happy with our first up effort against South Tweed, it was one we let slip, but last week was disappointing (50-12 loss to Casino).
"Andy Bell (formerly South Grafton) came off the bench against Casino and he's a talented footballer and will prove an asset to the side."
The Ghosts tackle Cudgen at Frank McGuren Park this Sunday.
Magpie players were also given the weekend off but Wilkinson, who stayed at his home on the Gold Coast, said the boys "like their private bonding sessions" when permitted.
Wilkinson the the NRRRL draw hadn't been kind to Lower Clarence.
"We won well first up against Murwillumbah then first grade had the bye against the Rebels," Wilkinson said.
"We would have preferred the break later rather than earlier in the season but we'll see how it effects us on Sunday at home (Maclean Oval) against Mullumbimby.
"The side still looks pretty good to me and we should have a couple of players back this week that played in the trials but missed the first couple of rounds."