Warbs hits his century
By TONY WHITE
GRAFTON'S talented centre Phil Warby will be hoping the arduous season ends on a high team and personal note when the Ghosts tackle Kyogle Turkeys at Frank McGuren Park tomorrow.
The game will mark Warby's 100th first grade appearance for the club he has been part of for the last seven years.
Mid-season Warby was elevated to first grade captain and the utility back has relished the responsibility proving one of the Ghosts best week in week out.
Always a talented attacking player with ball skills, Warby's defence has far outweighed his lightweight frame.
Coach Matt McKee said the Warby milestone is sure to add interest to the match.
Ghosts officials have called on supporters and sponsors to rally behind the team in the final match of the season.
Entry is $5 with patrons receiving a free doubles card offering a cash prize.
The Ghosts have been able to name virtually the same team, bar injured five-eighth Don Dickson, for several weeks unlike the club's horror and disruptive stretch of injuries that resulted in a variety of positional and team changes.
"We started the season with a win and it would be nice to finish with one," McKee said.
"There was certainly a bad trot in between.
"The boys have still been turning up to training and hopefully the spirit that's there can be ignited on Sunday."
Five-eighth Brad Johnson is the only injury worry with a troublesome ankle.
Kyogle, under coach Brad Purtell, have strung together a series of wins on the back half of the season including defeat of Lower Clarence last week.
They have some talented players in the line-up including half Sam Daley, tough props Dave Mulcahy and Christian Mene and lock Joe Painter.
The Ghosts defence has been brittle all season but if they can hold the Turkey forwards in check, supporters may finally have something to cheer over.
GRAFTON GHOSTS: Fullback, Chris Anderson; wingers, John Carney, Warwick Brown; centres, Phil Warby (c), Peter Young; five-eighth, Brad Johnson; halfback, Jason Vidler; props, Matt Michael, Mitch Cooper; hooker, Shane Denshire; second-rowers, Jeremy Fahey, Nick Brotherson; lock, Josh Ryder.
KYOGLE: Fullback, Tom Ivanusa; wingers, Zeke Walker, Zac Royal; centres, Athol Williams, Simon Pederson; fiveeighth, Josh Foley; halfback, Sam Daley; props, Dave Mulcahy, Christian Mene; hooker, Kurt Newton; second-rowers, Brad Purtell (c), Luke Daley; lock, Joe Painter. Coach: Brad Purtell.