Ghosts struggle gain
By TONY WHITE
INSIDE 30 minutes the Grafton Ghosts managed to hold Cudgen's firepower at bay. Then the flood gates opened.
Down just 12-6 at Frank McGuren Park, Ghosts supporters were filled with hope their injury-riddled team could make a real game of it.
However, Cudgen stepped up the tempo racing to a 28-6 lead at half time.
Despite the Ghosts scoring first in the second stanza, that was the last time they got on the scoreboard.
Cudgen, coached by Jamie Mathiou, raced away to score a convincing 68-12 victory and maintain its claim to a semi-final berth.
Ghosts hard-working young lock Josh Ryder added to the club's injury woes when he suffered a head injury late in the first half and was taken to hospital for scans.
Hooker Chad Cassidy won the Ghosts Players Player award and worked tirelessly in a well-beaten side.
CUDGEN 68 (Steve O'Keefe 3, Matt Brown 2, Beau Buckley 2, Joe Pritchard, Brian McCarthy, Nick Mobbs, Andrew Hamilton, Joel Schiemer tries; Craig Thurston 5, Schiemer, McCarthy, Mobbs, O'Keefe goals.) d GRAFTON GHOSTS 12 (Phil Warby, Matt Michael tries; Chris Adamson 2 goals).
Referee: Troy Martin. Half-time: 28-6 Cudgen. Penalties: Cudgen 9, Grafton 9.