Finals fever gripping Grafton
FINALS fever is gripping Grafton this weekend, with all three Ghosts sides to vie for a place in their respective grand finals at Frank McGuren field tomorrow.
In first grade, the Ghosts are coming off a 24-22 loss to the Murwillumbah Mustangs - a game captain/coach Ryan Farrell said they should've won.
"Defensively we need to lift our game," Farrell said.
"We can score plenty of points - that hasn't been a problem - but we need to tighten our defence and stop giving away silly penalties."
The Ghosts will need to overcome the Ballina Seagulls, who are coming off a 28-10 victory over Byron Bay.
"We're pretty confident of getting into the big one. We just need to play for 80 minutes rather than just 50," Farrell said.
Winger Joel Moss is rated a 50-50 chance of playing after picking up an ankle injury last weekend.
The Reserve Grade team is playing Murwillumbah, after going down to Mullumbimby 30-24 last weekend.
Murwillumbah is coming off a 36-8 thrashing of Northern United, and the Ghosts will have to be at their best if they want to qualify.
"The boys were pretty unlucky last week," Farrell said.
"They lost Jake Frame for the game - and any team that loses its halfback is going to struggle.
"I'm pretty confident they can bounce back."
The under-18s come up against Marist Brothers, who qualified for the preliminary final after a 20-14 victory over Ballina.
The Ghosts are coming into the game following a heartbreaking 21-20 loss to Mullumbimby, and will be looking for a chance to defend their title.
The First Grade and U18s have won back-to-back titles, and are hoping to extend the streak.
"I don't think we've ever had all three teams in the grand finals at the same time," Farrell said.
"It would be a remarkable feat and we are quite confident we can make it happen."
Frank McGuren Field
Under-18 v Marist Brothers at 11.30am.
Reserve Grade v Murwillumbah at 1pm.
First Grade v Ballina at 2.45pm.
Gates open at 9.30am, Adults $8 Under-16 free