Oh Brother: Ghosts get a Mothers? Day hiding
NRRRL by Tony White
GRAFTON Ghosts suffered a Mother's Day mauling by Marist Brothers at Frank McGuren Park yesterday.
The classy Rams outfit were too strong in all departments scoring a 44-12 win.
"We just can't put it together," rued Ghosts captain-coach Matt Michael. "We're all committed but it's not coming together as a team.
"We'll keep turning up, a win will come."
Despite five players backing up from Northern Rivers representative duties in Wollongong on Saturday night, Marist Brothers were too classy, out enthused and out muscled the Ghosts.
"I'm more than happy with the win but more so the way we went about it," Brothers coach Craig Hodge said.
"Last week was very disappointing. We were a lot better defensively and in all the other departments that matter.
"Last week (beaten 32-22 by Cudgen) was embarrassing. We had a good talk about it at training and all made a commitment to put a stop to the rot.
"I was particularly pleased across the park. Our captain Luke Scott was again good, he's like that week in and week out and the players that backed up, all did their part."
Centre Dylan Coleman scored three tries after scoring in the representative match and had an outstanding game, particularly in the first half.
The other Marist Brothers players who were backing up were, outside centre Graham Smallwood, half Brent Peterson, lock Simon Andrews and utility, Luke Campbell.
Coleman was first to score after a Grafton dropped ball from a high bomb in the second minute but Josh Nagle, following a charge down, scored under the posts.
Coleman scored again after Grafton backs were caught short in defence then Brothers fullback Adrian Gooley crossed for the first of his two tries from a good inside ball.
Scott beat some lipid Ghosts defence to score with Brothers leading 24-6 at half time.
Coleman, Tolley, Campbell and Gooley scored second half tries for Brothers with Warwick Brown, who hardly saw the ball, gathering in a visionary chip from Andy Bell to score for the Ghosts.
Brothers five-eighth Jake Campbell had an industrious game and prop Des Maher and second rower Kevin Walker got through a power of defence.
Trent Lawrence starred for the Ghosts, his defence first rate and Josh Ryder tackled himself to a standstill.
Scott Kilduff and Sean Davison were in the thick of the action all day and Bell created several opportunities for the Ghosts and was busy in defence.
FIRST GRADE: MARIST BROTHERS 44 (Dylan Coleman 3, Adrian Gooley 2, Nathan Tolley, Luke Scott, Luke Campbell tries; Adrian Gooley 6 goals) d GRAFTON GHOSTS 12 (Warwick Brown, Josh Nagle tries; Chris Adamson 2 goals).
RESERVE GRADE: MARIST BROTHERS 46 (Bart Foster 3, Ryan O'Loughlin 2, Laurie Merey, Paul Robinson, Daniel Hattersley, Jock Olley tries; Evan Hickling 3, Jock Olley 2 goals) d GRAFTON GHOSTS 16 (Jeremey Fahey, Darrin Heron, Jamie Lafferty tries; Joel Pearce, Jason Cheney goals).
UNDER-18s: MARIST BROTHERS 30 (Tim Foster, Joe Witt, Harry Dawson, Josh Cameron, Sam Moore tries; John Campbell 4, Andrew Foster goal) d GRAFTON GHOSTS 16 (Khan Williams, Mitch Swift, ben Ellis tries; Ben McLennan, Rhys Walters goals).