Ghostly whispers

THE Ghosts lost a good friend and administrator with the passing of Victor McInnes last week. At various times over a lot of years Vic held positions as committeeman, secretary and treasurer of both the senior and junior league clubs. He was also the Clarence Clubs delegate for Group 1 and later NRRRL. Vic also did a great job as ground announcer at Frank McGuren Field and I enjoyed his humour when he did the Saturday morning sports show with Bill Massingham on radio 2GF some years ago. My first memory of Victor (sometimes known as two-stroke for obvious reasons) when I was 12and he 13at a high school football carnival where we were both reserves for the five stone seven team which was the lightest weight division. We both could have played a stone less. We ended up getting a bit of time that year and went on to play a further two years in that grade and advanced to the six stone sevens the next. We had a good side that year being beaten only once and were successful in winning three schoolboy carnivals at Casino, Grafton and Coffs Harbour. Vic was captain of the team and also the best player. He loved his football and kept a framed picture of the team on his desk in his home office. It was unfortunate that because of his jockey size he did not advance to senior football. Some of the players he played with over the years were Bob Michael, Terry Stevens, Herb, John and Roger Duroux, Barry Elder, Robert Lollback, Royce Wilson, Charlie Cavanagh, Max Martin, David Cutler and Malcolm Kokkin (whom Vic affectionately called ??Cocaine ?V the slow working dope??. The Graftonion of 1963 has a comment that ??Victor McInnes?? leadership, powerhouse tackling and hard, intelligent running with the ball acted as an inspiration to the rest of the team??. Vic was made a life member of the Grafton Ghosts RLFC several years ago, an honour he was proud of and well deserved for the time and effort he put into the club. The Grafton Ghosts Club offers it??s condolences to wife Joe, daughters Tania and Nicole and all of his family members. ?o???THE Ghosts travel to Lismore this Sunday to take on Marist Bros. We have a pretty good record against that team and can certainly give them a fright this week. The following Sunday we have a home game at McGuren Field against Tweed Coast Raiders. Hope to see a good roll up of supporters there for this important game. ?o???GOOD luck to our Under-18 players taking part in the Country Rugby League Championships at Macksville on Saturday. Ben McLennan, Khan Williams and Dan Roberts along with Steven Gillette from the Rebels give Grafton a good representation in this competition. I??m sure there will be talent scouts looking at these young men. ?o???THE bye weekend gave us the opportunity to have a Trivia night fund raiser which was a success and well organised and run by Sharon O??Grady. Thanks to Sharon and her helpers for their help. Our 105 club winner last week was Pat Vidler.

THE Ghosts lost a good friend and administrator with the passing of Victor McInnes last week. At various times over a lot of years Vic held positions as committeeman, secretary and treasurer of both the senior and junior league clubs. He was also the Clarence Clubs delegate for Group 1 and later NRRRL. Vic also did a great job as ground announcer at Frank McGuren Field and I enjoyed his humour when he did the Saturday morning sports show with Bill Massingham on radio 2GF some years ago. My first memory of Victor (sometimes known as two-stroke for obvious reasons) when I was 12and he 13at a high school football carnival where we were both reserves for the five stone seven team which was the lightest weight division. We both could have played a stone less. We ended up getting a bit of time that year and went on to play a further two years in that grade and advanced to the six stone sevens the next. We had a good side that year being beaten only once and were successful in winning three schoolboy carnivals at Casino, Grafton and Coffs Harbour. Vic was captain of the team and also the best player. He loved his football and kept a framed picture of the team on his desk in his home office. It was unfortunate that because of his jockey size he did not advance to senior football. Some of the players he played with over the years were Bob Michael, Terry Stevens, Herb, John and Roger Duroux, Barry Elder, Robert Lollback, Royce Wilson, Charlie Cavanagh, Max Martin, David Cutler and Malcolm Kokkin (whom Vic affectionately called ??Cocaine ?V the slow working dope??. The Graftonion of 1963 has a comment that ??Victor McInnes?? leadership, powerhouse tackling and hard, intelligent running with the ball acted as an inspiration to the rest of the team??. Vic was made a life member of the Grafton Ghosts RLFC several years ago, an honour he was proud of and well deserved for the time and effort he put into the club. The Grafton Ghosts Club offers it??s condolences to wife Joe, daughters Tania and Nicole and all of his family members. ?o???THE Ghosts travel to Lismore this Sunday to take on Marist Bros. We have a pretty good record against that team and can certainly give them a fright this week. The following Sunday we have a home game at McGuren Field against Tweed Coast Raiders. Hope to see a good roll up of supporters there for this important game. ?o???GOOD luck to our Under-18 players taking part in the Country Rugby League Championships at Macksville on Saturday. Ben McLennan, Khan Williams and Dan Roberts along with Steven Gillette from the Rebels give Grafton a good representation in this competition. I??m sure there will be talent scouts looking at these young men. ?o???THE bye weekend gave us the opportunity to have a Trivia night fund raiser which was a success and well organised and run by Sharon O??Grady. Thanks to Sharon and her helpers for their help. Our 105 club winner last week was Pat Vidler.



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