Ghost trio making mark in league
THE high-flying Grafton Ghosts’ production line continues to produce the goods.
Three current Ghosts’ juniors – Oliver Percy, Jake Frame and Carlton Elliott – have been showcasing their skills recently representing the Gold Coast Titans in the Mal Meninga Cup.
The prestigious under-18 competition boasts 16 teams made up of the finest rugby league players throughout Queensland and northern NSW.
Percy, Frame and Elliott were selected in the Gold Coast Green side under coach Jamie O’Connor after trialling with the Titans last October.
After impressive performances in the trial games the Ghosts trio were named in the final squad of 20.
“We started training back in October last year. There was a squad of about 50 players and it was cut to 20,” Frame said.
“We’ve been travelling every Tuesday and Thursday and also on weekends for the past eight weeks.”
According to Elliott if the side were to be successful in the Meninga Cup they would play the winner of the SG Ball competition based in Sydney.
“The winner from Queensland would player the winner of the SG Ball,” Elliott said.
“We’ve had two wins and a loss but if we can win the remaining
games and teams like South Logan loses we might be a chance.”
Percy, who had a taste of first grade last season with the Ghosts, has cemented a spot in the run-on side and admitted the competition is fierce.
“It’s pretty full-on and the standard is up another level from back home,” Percy said.
“There are a lot of good players and everyone is fit.
Frame, who has been a standout at halfback, agrees: “Training is definitely a lot stronger and the Titans Centre of Excellence where we’ve trained is very impressive.”
For the Ghosts under-18 side 2011 is shaping up as another stellar season.
The reigning NRRRL premiers can only benefit from the likes of Percy, Frame and Elliott gaining invaluable experience playing against the cream of the crop in the Meninga Cup.
“It’s a great experience and I’m sure we’ll all be a bit stronger and more confident when we run out for the Ghosts this season,” Percy said.