Mitch Lollback scores a try for Grafton Ghosts in the NRRRL reserve grade grand final. Photo: Patrick Gorbunovs
Mitch Lollback scores a try for Grafton Ghosts in the NRRRL reserve grade grand final. Photo: Patrick Gorbunovs

Ghosts cop spooky sequel in epic reserve grade grand final

GRAFTON Ghosts' historian Joe Kinnane may need to begin investigating a curse against the reserve grade team.

The Ghosts made the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League grand final last year only to be undone in all three grades, with reserve grade going down by two points.

They came into yesterday's grand final in similar fashion, with a 50-12 romp over Northern United in the preliminary final. But Grafton's dream of securing their first reserve grade premiership will have to wait another year, after they went down 26-22 to Marist Brothers in a 92 minute epic.

Six shots at field goal - three from each team - went everywhere except over the black dot, as they traded bullocking runs, knock-ons and heavy hits deep into extra time.

Marist Brothers five eighth John Campbell's 92nd minute try sent Ghosts players and supporters crashing to the canvas, the nightmare of another title slipping through their grasp becoming reality.

Captain Phil Warby, in what could have been his final match in the blue and whites, was devastated.

"Grand finals come down to who's better on the day and that was Marist," Warby said.

"We had plenty of chances to score but didn't take them. It's very disappointing.

The win sealed a double for Marist Brothers, who won the under-18s premiership 26-12 over Murwillumbah Mustangs.



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