IN DOUBT: Wiley playmaker Ryan Farrell is in doubt for the Grafton Ghosts’ qualifying final against Coffs Harbour Comets this weekend. Photo: Greg Moss
IN DOUBT: Wiley playmaker Ryan Farrell is in doubt for the Grafton Ghosts’ qualifying final against Coffs Harbour Comets this weekend. Photo: Greg Moss

Minor injury has Farrell in doubt for qualifying final

GRAFTON Ghosts hopes of defending their 2014 premiership may have taken a setback on Sunday afternoon after veteran playmaker Ryan Farrell left the field with an injury complaint.

The former captain-coach of the Ghosts was recalled from retirement midway through this season to add a little bit more experience to the Grafton side's premiership hopes.

In what many have heralded as the best game of this season, Farrell's Ghosts came away from McKittrick Park with one point after drawing with the hosts, the South Grafton Rebels, 30-30.

In the 75th minute of the tight contest Farrell remained on the ground clutching at his right arm after attempting a tackle on Rebels centre Hughie Stanley.

While Farrell was on the ground and with his side a man down in defence, the Rebels ran in a try to halfback Ant Cowan to take back the lead in the late stages.

Farrell was immediately taken from the field in the stoppage but has since been cleared of any major breakage.

"I don't know if I will be able to play this weekend against Coffs," Farrell said. "I got an x-ray done which has cleared me of any break in the arm."

With the Ghosts on the road to Coffs Harbour for the upcoming first weekend of the finals, the injury could not have come at a worse time but Farrell remains positive about his side's against last year's runners up.

"It is definitely not ideal to be out of the game but it won't change the way we prepare as a team," he said. "Raih [Woodley] has been playing fantastic all season and he will come back into the side fresh after missing the Rebels game.

"Along with Blakey Winmill, the boys will have no trouble. Raih has really stepped it up since I have returned and does most of the shot calling on the field anyway.

"I also think since coming off the bench Blakey has played some of his best football so the boys will be fine."

This season the Comets appear to have the Ghosts' number, beating them on both occasions the sides have met.

But according to Farrell that will not faze the Ghosts heading into Sunday's qualifying final.

"When we played Coffs at home it was a turning point for our team," Farrell said. "They got a few lucky tries against us early but I really think we came back and were the better side in the second half."

If the Ghosts are to win on Sunday, they will be set to again take on the Rebels.



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