Ghosts are set for second victory of long season
By TONY WHITE
AFTER basking in the glory of their season-first win it's back to rugby league reality for the Grafton Ghosts tomorrow.
The Ghosts take on Marist Brothers at the Rams home ground Oakes Oval, Lismore, determined to continue winning.
Ghosts captain-coach Matt Michael has ordered an extra training session this afternoon.
"If we can repeat our ball retention and enthusiasm from last week we can knock this mob off," Michael confidently predicted yesterday.
The Ghosts scored a much needed 26-16 defeat of Casino at Frank McGuren Park last Sunday, much to the joy of the team and its supporters. It was a win full of grit.
"We had a good talk at training on Thursday and everyone agreed to knuckle down and try and win a few more before the season finishes," Michael said.
The Ghosts have named a virtually unchanged side from Casino with the addition of possibly Michael Watkins on the wing.
"We've started to get some cohesion, there is a good feeling within the club and things are looking bright," Michael said.
Phil Warby's return to the Ghosts has been a big plus and creative centre Travis Daley, who had a blinder against the Cougars, a potent strike weapon, and in-form Ghosts forwards Michael, Shaun Davison and Tyson Donohue, showed steel up front last week.
GRAFTON GHOSTS: Fullback, Phil Warby; wingers, Joel Pearce, Michael Watkins; centres, Aaron Marscham, Travis Daley; five-eighth; Trent Lawrence; halfback, Josh Nagle; props, Matt Michael (c), Shaun Davison; hooker, Jason Vidler; second-row, Scott Kilduff, Tyson Donohue; lock, Josh Ryder. Coach: Matt Michael.
MARIST BROTHERS: fullback, Evan Hickling; wingers, Brad Johnson, Adrian Gooley; centres; Dylan Coleman, Graham Smallwood; five-eighth, Jake Campbell; halfback, Brent Petersen; props, Des Maher, Simon Andrews; hooker, Soctt Gibson; second-row, Luke Scott (c), Kevin Walker; lock, Allan Campbell.