Anthony Don’s record haul to fall as Lollback closes in
SUNDAY'S six try haul has Grafton Ghosts fullback Mitch Lollback back on track to break the club's try-scoring record.
Lollback is now up to 32 tries for the season, just eight four-pointers shy of former Ghost and current Gold Coast Titan Anthony Don's 2010 effort.
But where Don had 18 games to score his 40 tries (and kick 71 goals), Lollback will have a maximum of 17 thanks to Group 2's shorter season and Grafton's likely minor premiership.
A look through old editions of The Daily Examiner and club stalwart Joe Kinnane's "Grafton Ghosts: The Journey 1963-2013" reveal that Lollback is on track to beat Don's record.
But with a game against cellar dwellers Orara Valley Axemen this weekend, there is every chance Lollback could repeat his six-try haul - an effort Kinnane said was a club record.
"In 1967 there was a bloke named Graham Pope who scored five in a game, and Anthony Don did the same in 2010," Kinnane said.
"I don't think we've ever had someone score six before."
Kinnane said both speedsters shared several qualities: blinding speed, great defence, and an uncanny ability to defeat defenders.
"They're very similar," Kinnane said.
"They both have those length of the field efforts in them and have great footballing brains.
"They can sniff out a try from nothing and have that ability to beat the defence."
Former The Daily Examiner journalist Gary Nichols covered Anthony Don's record-breaking 2010 season from some of the best seats in the house.
He rated both players as exciting runners who played behind great forward packs, and his recollection of Don trailing Ghosts lock Donny Dickson is no different to the way Lollback has done the same this season.
"Anthony used to trail Donny a lot for his offloads," Nichols said.
"Anthony was playing against much tougher teams and had brilliant positional play. He could score some long range tries."