HOT FORM: Mitch Lollback, pictured playing in the 2012 NRRRL grand final, has been in sizzling touch this season, scoring five tries in the first two games.
HOT FORM: Mitch Lollback, pictured playing in the 2012 NRRRL grand final, has been in sizzling touch this season, scoring five tries in the first two games. Adam Hourigan

Ghosts fullback Mitch Lollback at full speed

MATT Muller and Mitch Lollback have dominated Grafton Ghosts' scoresheets so far this season, with the backs combining for 62 of the team's 98 points.

Muller has registered 42 of those, scoring two tries and kicking five goals to finish Sunday's game against Woolgoolga with an 18-point haul following his mammoth effort in the first round.

Lollback has done his point-scoring the hard way, fighting his way from fullback to cross the stripe five times.

But it wasn't always that way for the speedy 22-year-old.

He made his league debut in the under-18s as a halfback, orchestrating and directing play for one season before he was moved to fullback.

He has played there ever since, using his blinding speed and agility to be one of the Ghosts' primary weapons.

A return to halfback is definitely off the cards according to Lollback, who has since developed a love for the number one jersey.

"Ask our strapper - he's always getting up me for not making any tackles," Lollback said.

"I don't like defending at all. I much prefer standing at the back and yelling."

Lollback spent much of last season at university on the Sunshine Coast, staying away from the field as he recovered from a shoulder injury he sustained in the 2012 season.

He sat most of the season out recovering from the shoulder dislocation, returning towards the end of the season for the reserve grade side which fell to Marist Brothers in the grand final last year.

With the shoulder now healed, Lollback is back to his best, terrorising opposition defences and helping his side remain undefeated after two games.

His presence at the back could prove the difference when they face Coffs Harbour Comets this weekend.

It will pit Ghosts captain-coach Ryan Farrell against his predecessor and Comets mentor Col Speed, and could be an early preview of the Group 2 grand final.

"We'll know where we stand after this game," Lollback said.

"We're looking forward to it. They're the best team in the comp.

"I'm sure Speedy will have them ready.

"He coached me in my first year of 18s. He knows his stuff."

Lollback attributed much of this season's success to the way halves Farrell and Raih Woodley have directed the forwards.

"The forwards have been awesome so far so I haven't had to do much," Lollback said.

"Ryan and Raih have been sending the forwards straight into the defence and they've won the battles."



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