Young Ghosts take the honours in weekend games

THE Grafton Ghosts junior rugby league teams enjoyed plenty of success when the played at at Frank McGuren Field last weekend against the Byron Bay Red Devils.

Under-7s: With fresh recruits Zac Young and Darcy Conway, the Grafton U7s performed very well against a determined Byron Bay outfit. While the Under-7s is a non-scored event, Grafton crossed the Byron Bay line on eight occasions in a dominant display. Solid performances from Malcolm Scott, Rio Gardoll, Kiel Drew and Blake Gorton paved the way for entertainers Wally Drew and Will Hickey to score out wide. A great result all round with coach Patrick Swift very pleased.

Under-9s: Numbers certainly aren't a problem for the Ghosts Under-9s, with coach Daryll Dwyer trying to give plenty of game time to the 18 players turning up each week. They too were just too strong for the Byron Bay side, with a strong display across the park in this non-scored age division. New player Harry Tooth played well, with Cooper Woods, Jayden McLaughlin, Josh Bender and Ryan Gorton having good games.

Under-11s: The Terry Day-coached Under-11 side had a comprehensive win over the visiting Red Devils with great performances all round in their 30-16 win over the visitors.

Rhys Hambly, playing up an age division had a great game joined by Brandon Avery-Hookey, Jarrad Day, Raih Woodley, Josh Bartrim and Keiran Johnson. Tries to Jarrad Day, Raih Woodley and Keiran Johnson made it their second win on the run.

Under-12s: The 20-10 win to the Grafton Under-12s was a turnaround from last week's comprehensive defeat by Ballina. The side lifted after last week and with a new attitude took the Byron Bay side on all over the park. Strong defence from the Grafton forwards led the way for tries to Jake Arnold, Brandon Stackhouse and Tyrone Carney. Special mention to Jamie Tapfield who also had a great game.

Under-13s: The Group One premiers of 2004/5 certainly lived up to their reputation with a 86 point win over a hapless Byron Bay outfit. Grafton were just too strong and classy for the opposition, who certainly lost heart when the points started to mount up and the game became out of reach. The whole team contributed well with strong games, with special mention to Jake Frame, Jake and Sam Lennon, Brad Winderlich and Thomas Cooke for their outstanding efforts.

UNDER-U16s: The clash with competition front runners Byron Bay wa always going to a hard slog for Grafton and the match certainly proved to be a tough one. Grafton started well, however two quick tries to Byron Bay against the run of play lifted the visitors. From midway through the second half the sides went try for try, with the halftime score 14-6 to Byron. Grafton performed admirably after the break, with strong performances from Adam Jurd, Daniel Tuite, Jarrad Hearfield, and Jamie Stockton. Lapses from Grafton late in the second half let Byron run in two easy tries, with the final score being 24-12. Graftons tries came from Ashley Bancroft and Jamie Stockton.

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