Ghostly whispers

AS reported by coach Matt Michael, some good play was evident in the Ballina game but a sustained effort for the full 80 minutes was lacking.

The opposition team's superior speed was a telling factor.

Awards for the weekend were shared by Ben McLennan in Under-18s, Chad Cassidy and Jeremy Fahey in reserves and Josh Ryder and Trent Lawrence in first grade.

Shaun Davison also played well after backing up from a representative game the day before.

nI HAVE heard a number of comments regarding Tony White's 'Winners are Grinners' column.

We all realise it's more fun for supporters and players when you are winning, but this is not always possible.

I am sure the players are giving their best on the field, but a variety of factors have resulted in no wins to date.

The old saying 'any publicity is good publicity' is not always true if the publicity is given in such a negative, put down manner.

The captain coach seems to have been derided for maintaining a positive attitude.

All at the club are remaining up-beat and have confidence that if they stick together there are better times ahead.

The club has had a couple of lean years and is aware of what is required to turn things around.

We don't have the backing of a film star or multi-millionaire to wave big cheques around, but are currently in an improved financial position to take steps to improve our playing strength to again become a real force in this competition.

Our supporters and sponsors can be assured that the finances of the club are being well managed.

Our coaching and training staff are doing a good job and the players are responding well.

Our gate takings are obviously down a little on those of a few years ago, but I would like to encourage our supporters to maintain their support for the rest of the year as it is still a good afternoon's entertainment at the footy and every dollar helps for our future success.

nOUR Under-18 team were successful last weekend against the high-flying Ballina Seagulls side.

Our team has the talent to go all the way providing they remain committed to their football.

They should remember that premiership wins are rare and lthey should strive to take out the big one this year as it will be something they will remember for the rest of their lives.

Hopefully some of this team can remain in the area and provide the nucleus of our future first grade sides.

Juniors Ben McLennan and Jason Hackett have been playing well and have had a few runs in first grade.

They have both acquitted themselves well at the higher level.

Thanks also to Mitchell Wicks, who made the long trip to the Tweed Coast to help out in reserve grade against the Raiders.

nCONGRATULATIONS to Ghost 'Old Boys' Wayne Lawson and Andrew Woods and their connections for the success of their horse Starlactic in the Doomben Dash last weekend.

Some of our committee and friends took a 'Tingha's Tour' to the races and returned in a happy mood.

The coach captain, however, was not too happy about having to stay 'dry' all day.

The horse has become a real favourite and all eyes will be on it for the Ramornie.

My mate Max shared in the Starlactic spoils giving him sufficient funds to allow him to pick me up and make the journey to the rugby on Saturday afternoon.

nAS they have been on a winning streak the Redmen received very positive publicity and it paid off with a huge crowd in attendance.

A number of Ghost's players and supporters were in the crowd and it was good to see the Redmen at our game on Sunday.

I don't know too much about the game and after early points it looked like the Redmen might run away with the game, but the Buccaneers resisted further attacks which resulted in a low-scoring, dour tussle with plenty of penalties.

I thought a stand out player was the number 10 for Yamba and he will have to be watched in the final series.

The crowd seemed a bit quiet, but I guess they have been used to recent matches where the home side has been scoring tries at will against weaker opposition with league style backline movements reminiscent of the Ella era.

nTHE form of Ghost Danny Wicks for St George has been great to see.

He looks like having a big future in the game.

Our recent Anzac Test and State of Origin doubles were won by Dave Lynch and Tony White (the other one) respectively.

nWE will be holding a trivia night at the Albion Hotel on Friday9 June, 2006. The usual teams of eight at $10 per head applies.

There will be a number of prizes up for grabs and a fun night is assured. Please let any committee person know if you can nominate a team or nominate individually and you will be looked after.

nTHIS week we travel to Murwillumbah and then play South Tweed at home on the long weekend, Sunday, June 11.

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