Bulls on the charge for silverware

BRAGGING rights as holders of the annual Hollywood Trophy as much as the two competition points will be at stake today when the Grafton Redmen host the Casino Bulls in Round 4 action of the Far North Coast Rugby Union.

The two traditional rivals have tussled over this annual trophy, in honour of the late Grafton stalwart Craig “Hollywood” Nicholls, for more than 15 years and it is still hard to say whether winning it holds greater importance than the competition points.

However, the points will be crucial for both sides as even at this early stage, it would seem that they both will be vying for the fourth semi-final placing as the competition’s big guns Lennox Head, Lismore and Ballina have already put a gap on the field.

Casino already hold an edge, having two tight wins over Wollongbar and the lowly University under their belt but despite this, a question mark remains over the Bulls as they have yet to meet the big three. Grafton’s start to the season has been tough and although yet to win, they have proved they can compete against the best.

“I think we’ve had our chances in all three games to date and have proved ourselves capable of being there at the end of the season,” captain-coach Brett Graham said.

“In our first two games against Lismore and Ballina, we were right in it but probably let ourselves down through mistakes. Last week we were again in a sound position but really suffered late in the game when we lost most of our backs with injuries.”

Three grades will be on show at South Grafton today with the undefeated Redmen Colts kicking things off at 12.30pm.



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