Ghosts Robbie Howard during the Group 2 Rugby league match between the Grafton Ghosts and Orara Valley Axeman at McGuren Park on Saturday, 16th April, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
Ghosts Robbie Howard during the Group 2 Rugby league match between the Grafton Ghosts and Orara Valley Axeman at McGuren Park on Saturday, 16th April, 2016. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner Debrah Novak

DEX Sport quotes of the week

GRAFTON Ghosts brotherhood, financial boost for the July Racing Carnival and the triumphant return of the Iluka Cossacks feature in this week's sporting highlights in the Clarence Valley.

"In the side they are all good mates, they spend a lot of time together off the paddock, so when they do play, they play for one another." - Joe Kinnane about the tenacity and teamwork at the Ghosts this season.

"The decision to conduct both races for $160,000 this year will ensure both listed races continue to attract support from the best stables." - Graeme Green on the prizemoney rise for the two major July Carnival races.

Blake Shinn pushes hard and takes topweight Bonfire to the Grafton Cup win edging out 4- Kapour (right) Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Blake Shinn pushes hard and takes topweight Bonfire to the Grafton Cup win edging out 4- Kapour (right) Photo Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner Adam Hourigan

"There was a lot of passion in the play and a lot of physicality." - Iluka captain Kris Thomsen on the local derby against Yamba.

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"We need to work on polishing up these moves where we are getting through them but the last pass just doesn't stick." - Ron Gordon on what the Rebels need to improve on ahead of the local derby.

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"He'll finalise the 24 down to 18 after this weekend." - Group 2 coach Steve Carter has picked a top squad to tackle Group 3.

>> GROUP 2: Carter impressed by quality of talent pool

Penrith Panthers' most capped player Steve Carter took over the coaching reins of Group 2 in 2016.
Penrith Panthers' most capped player Steve Carter took over the coaching reins of Group 2 in 2016. Bill North


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