By Matt Michael
It was great to be back at Frank McGuren Park last Sunday for our first home game in front of a good size crowd of our loyal supporters.
All three matches were entertaining games and keenly contested with each team being in winning positions at various times.
The Under-18 Ghosties were particularly impressive with their 26-0 win.
The club is confident this side can go all the way to the finals series and will be hard to toss in those games.
Ben Ellis was a standout player who won the Mal McKenna BP Sunrise award.
Others to impress were Carson Galloway, Cohen Collins and Ben McLennan who also had some time in first grade later in the day.
nDARRIN Heron's Reggies never gave up and had their chances to win.
Late tries at the end of each half didn't help their cause and I am sure this will be addressed at training this week.
Tackling machine Chad Cassidy was the most outstanding player on the day but he was well supported by Andy Bell and captain/coach Darrin Heron.
nA REALLY good effort was put in by all first grade players.
Injuries during the game had an affect on our overall performance.
I believe we've shown we can compete with any team in the competition and wins are just around the corner.
Shaun Davison and Josh Nagle played well and Josh Ryder made more than 30 tackles in a non-stop performance. His defensive efforts were well rewarded with a try.
Thanks go to our Groundsman, Greg Francis, his assistants and Readymix for their efforts in improving the seating area on the canteen side of the ground and also the workers who helped with the ground maintenance to have the ground in the best condition it has been in for some time.
nTHE recent 'mystery bus trip' organised by our women's fund raising committee was a great success with everyone on the bus having a good time, in particular Tony Duroux who had a real mystery being unaware how he arrived home.
Thank you ladies.
nTHE club is currently conducting a raffle to win $1,000 work of fuel provided by BP service station in Fitzroy Street.
Tickets are available from any player, committee person and various outlets in the town.
nTHE club was saddend to hear of the passing of one of our original Ghosts, Ian Hamilton.
Ian was a very capable player who played hooker and was a part of the Ghost's 1963 minor premiership side.
nNEXT Sunday we travel to Kyogle and the following week travel to Maclean to take on the Magpies.
Our next home game will be against Marist Brothers on Sunday, May 14. Hope to see all our supporters there.
THE Ghost's secretary Vic McInnes and treasurer Garry Berry teamed up in the Grafton High School's 6 stone 7 pounds team in 1963 to win the three Schoolboy carnivals held at Grafton, Casino and Coffs Harbour.
Vic captained the team which had players who were future Ghosts or had Ghostly connections including my Dad Bob, Eric Lollback's uncle Robert, Tony Duroux's uncle John and Charlie Cavanagh.
A future Rebel, Terry Stevens was also a star of the team.