RECORD: Ghosts fullback Mitch Lollback busts through the Orara Valley defence on his way to one of eight tries. Photo: Robin Smith
RECORD: Ghosts fullback Mitch Lollback busts through the Orara Valley defence on his way to one of eight tries. Photo: Robin Smith

Lollback set to break try-scoring record

MITCH Lollback had three or four games left to break Anthony Don's try-scoring record but nobody expected him to do it in one.

A healthy try-scoring haul was expected from the Grafton Ghosts trip to Orara Valley Axemen, but not even Nostradamus would have picked the 134-8 score.

Lollback scored eight tries in the rout to equal Don's club record of 40 (including finals).

"To tell you the truth I haven't really thought about it," Lollback said.

"I'm pretty lucky playing with these guys. We've got one of the best forward packs we've ever had and everyone in the team are good mates."

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It wasn't that long ago Orara Valley were on the other side of that scoreboard.

The Axemen hold the Group 2 record for the biggest win, a 148-5 flogging of Dunghutti Broncos in 2009.

Sunday's clash is one that will live long in the memory only for Lollback's try-scoring efforts, with the 22-year-old admitting it wasn't a game he enjoyed.

"I don't know what the story was on Sunday," Lollback said.

"Credit to them for lasting the 80 minutes. I didn't know if they were going to come back for the second half (it was 70-4 at halftime).

"Two 100-point scorelines in a row. They're not very enjoyable to play in.

"Every club goes through what they have."

The challenge for the Ghosts is to switch back on for the last-round clash against South Grafton Rebels this week.

A win in the second local derby of the season will wrap the minor premiership up for the Ghosts, who will then have a week off before hosting the major semi-final.

Lollback isn't one to be concerned about the lack of quality opposition though, with conditioning coach Terry West and captain-coach Ryan Farrell tasked with keeping the side on track.

"I'd say Westy and Farrell will sort that out," Lollback said.

"It will be good to play the Rebels this week. Looking forward to doing some defence.

"Not me though, I don't defend. The rest of the guys might need the practice."

Ghosts winger Matt Muller finished with 54 points from the game with four tries and 19 goals.



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