Ghosts stay upbeat
By TONY WHITE
TO the Grafton Ghosts credit, despite being winless this season, the players and management remain committed.
Ghosts fullback Chris Adamson said far from having a hangdog approach, the players are still determined to break the win drought.
"The commitment is still there to get our first win, we've just got to hang in there and keep giving it our best shot," Adamson said.
"We're still turning up at training and keep things happening and we're staying together as a unit."
The Ghosts take on Ballina at home (Frank McGuren Park) tomorrow and have made several changes to the side beaten 19-12 by Tweed Coast Raiders last week.
Aaron Marscham returns to the side in the centres having not played since smashing his teeth against Lower Clarence in round five.
Jason Cheney is back in first grade on the wing and Sean Davison has been named as a fresh reserve. Winger-centre Warwick Brown was unavailable.
Adamson suggested one of the Ghosts problems had been injuries and lack of fresh reserves.
"A lot of the forwards haven't been able to rotate to come back on fresh when we run out of reserves and that's when fatigue sets in and our mental attitude slips," Adamson said. "We're trying to address that.
"The club can't afford to go out and buy star players from other towns. We're basically local blokes that just want to play footy.
"We'd love to win one especially in front of our home crowd."
The Ghosts have not won a home game since scoring an upset 25-16 win over Marist Brothers in round 17 of the 2004 premiership.
GRAFTON GHOSTS: Fullback, Chris Adamson; wingers, Jason Cheney, Will Hickey; centres, Aaron Marscham, Peter Young; five-eighth, Travis Daley; halfback, Josh Nagle; props, Matt Michael (c), Scott Kilduff; hooker, Jason Vidler; second-row, Tyson Donohue, Josh Ryder; lock, Trent Lawrence; bench, Sean Davison. Coach: Matt Michael.
BALLINA: Fullback, Damien Buckley; wingers, Willo James, Djaan Jarrett; centres, Brenton Cochrane, Clarence Kelly; five-eighth, Shaun Laurie; halfback, Willie Hammond; props, Dylan Montgomery, Dean French; hooker, Andrew Battese; second-rowers, Ed Killingbeck, Alwyn Roberts; lock, Ashley Moran. Bench: Steve Kelly. Coach: Chris Binge.