Five-star Anthony Don

THE challenge has been set.

Grafton Ghosts fullback Anthony Don may have scored five tries against Evans Head in round 1 of the NRRRL competition last Sunday but he would need to cross a handful of times again in round 2 against Cudgen to claim his share in a unique slice of club history.

Yamba resident Steve Pope was relaxing reading Monday’s Daily Examiner report on the Ghosts-Bombers game when he mentioned out-loud Don’s marvellous feat on the field.

That’s when his father and ex-Grafton Ghosts player Graham chimed in.

“My son was reading the paper and I overheard him mention something about a guy scoring four or five tries in one game,” Graham said.

“I said ‘how many was that again?’. My son said ‘five’. Well tell him that’s a good effort but can he do it again the following week?.”

Graham Pope, who now resides on the Sunshine Coast, is visiting his son and played for the Ghosts in the late 1960s and early 70s and said he also crossed for five tries in one game, then backed it up the following week with another five.

“I’m not sure of the correct year but I think it was ‘67 or ‘68. I scored five against Woodburn then scored another five against Lower Clarence the following week,” he said.

Pope, who also represented the Group and Richmond in the centres and on the wing, said jokingly he has put out the challenge for Don to equal his 10 tries across two games.

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