Ghosts reshuffle for Brothers test
By TONY WHITE
TUMBLING from the attic to the cellar in the space of a week can be demoralising to a rugby league team.
But in the case of the Grafton Ghosts last week's 44-14 drubbing by Ballina taught the young side some valuable lessons.
"Obviously it was a big let down but it made us pull our heads in and realise we've got to put in the work if we want to be competitive," captain Mat Michael said. "You can't rest on your laurels in this game.
"We're going into the game with a positive attitude."
The Ghosts will be out to right the ship when they tackle perennial premiers Marist Brothers at Oakes Oval, Lismore, on Sunday.
Twenty-seven-year-old abattoir worker Michael believes, despite last week's loss, there were some positives to draw from the match.
"Mentally we weren't right," he said. "Our aggression and enthusiasm was below what it was against Lower Clarence.
"We believe in each other and that's got to show on the paddock."
The Ghosts have made numerous positional changes this week.
Chris Adamson moves from centre to fullback swapping with Phil Warby, one of the Ghosts stars against Ballina.
Half Bob Davison switches to fiveeighth with hooker Jason Vidler moving to halfback.
Five-eighth Don Dickson moves into lock with busy Under-18 player Kyle Walters playing hooker.
The Dickson move is interesting.
"I prefer playing lock," he admit- ted. "I like being near the action."
Coach Matt McKee is keen for Dickson to get more of the ball to provide some needed guile around the ruck area.
"It's going to be a tough game, no doubt and one we'd love to win especially at Lismore," McKee said.
"We've just got to get back to doing the basics right before the more complex things. We had a lot of dropped ball last time.
"The boys have got to learn to use their heads."
Marist Brothers have strength right through their side.
Young lock Luke Campbell, who trialled with the junior Waratahs, has returned to the Brethren in great form after a foot injury curtailled his football last year.
GRAFTON GHOSTS: Fullback, Chris Adamson; wingers, Warwick Brown, John Carney; centres, Brad Johnson, Phil Warby; five-eighth, Bob Davison; halfback, Jason Vidler; props, Brett Wicks, Mat Michael (c); hooker, Kyle Walters; second-rowers, Josh Ryder, Shaun Davison; lock, Don Dickson. Interchange: Mitch Cooper. Coach: Matt McKee.
MARIST BROTHERS: Fullback, Adrian Gooley; wingers, Rod McFarlane, Lawrence Mercy; centres, Graham Smallwood, Niko Vakararawa; five-eighth, Jake Campbell; halfback, Brent Peterson; props, Simon Andrews, Tim Tredigo; hooker, Scott Gibson; second-rowers, Luke Scott (c), Kevin Walker; lock, Luke Campbell. Interchange: Chris Farrell. Coach: Craig Hodges.