HOTSEAT: Grafton Ghosts skipper Matt Michael faces a tough task tomorrow. He must get his players to leave the off-field dramas
HOTSEAT: Grafton Ghosts skipper Matt Michael faces a tough task tomorrow. He must get his players to leave the off-field dramas

GHOSTS? CRISIS

By TONY WHITE

THE Grafton Ghosts management, players and coaching staff held a crisis meeting this week in a bid to quell unrest within the club and get its 2005 campaign back on track.

After three losses from four games in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition and pressure mounting, disruption, injuries and frustration threatened to derail the Ghosts.

Ghosts president Michael Rogan said following meetings on Tuesday and Thursday, issues have been resolved and he was confident the club would move forward.

"Things aren't going real good, injuries haven't helped but these things happen in rugby league and we've got to work through it," Rogan said.

"I wasn't there on Tuesday when the players spoke with Matty (McKee) and aired things but on Thursday coaches of the three grades, management and the players had a round-table talk.

"At the end of the day there were a lot of positives to come out of the meetings."

Rogan admitted players had voiced their opinion on perceived problems and how the club could move forward. Positional changes, forced mainly through injury, were a major topic on the agenda.

"The players are an important part of the club. They had a bit to say and we (management) have taken certain things on board and agreed to work with that," Rogan said.

"Everyone is entitled to their opinion. The players voiced their opinion, a lot of stuff was aired and out into the open.

"We've discussed it and we all want to move forward.

"There's no use blaming everyone. People have got to look at themselves as individuals and say 'what can I do to help improve the team and club.'

"After all, we're all mates and stick together.

"Matt is still upbeat, the coaches will work closer together and the players are keen to lift the tempo and improve.

"We all agreed to stick together, keep harmony, and try and go forward and win a couple of games.

"Everyone's got to work through this. There's no point throwing the towel in.

"Hopefully it's all up from here starting with winning all three grades at Kyogle.

"This is an open competition. Things can turn around quickly with a couple of wins under our belts."

The Ghosts will again field a mixed team brought on through injury and other commitments.

Seven first graders ? Bob Davidson (Police Force), Don Dickson (injured ankle), Brad Johnson (ankle), Warwick Brown (ribs), Trent Barber (commitments in Sydney), Jason Cheeney (concussion) and John Carney (work commitments) -are unavailable for Sunday's match at New Park, Kyogle.

"That's been our biggest problem. Because of injuries we can't put the same team on the park two weeks in a row," coach McKee said.

"I'm not making positional changes because I think it will work better they are being forced on us through injury. That's hurting us."

GRAFTON GHOSTS: Fullback, Chris Adamson; wingers, Doug Daley, Troy Mortimer; centres, Shaun Davison, Kyle Walters, five-eighth, Phil Warby; halfback, Jason Vidler; props, Matt Michael (c), Scott Kilduff; hooker, Chad Cassidy; second-row, Mitch Cooper, Aaron Marscham; lock, Josh Ryder. Coach: Matt McKee.

KYOGLE: Fullback, Shannon Walker; wingers, Zac Royal, Zeik Walker; centres, Charlie Ord, Athol Williams; five-eighth, Brent McBride; halfback, Sam Daley; props, David Mulchay, Chris Mene, hooker, Joe Painter; second-row, Brad Purtell (c), Phil Charles; lick, Josh Foley. Coach: Brad Purtell.



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