HARD TO BEAT: Lower Clarence player Brendon Connell gets sandwiched by the under-516 Ghosts’ defence. Photo: Lynne Mowbray
HARD TO BEAT: Lower Clarence player Brendon Connell gets sandwiched by the under-516 Ghosts’ defence. Photo: Lynne Mowbray

Ghosts juniors on fire

FOUR junior Ghost teams are continuing the run of rugby league success in Grafton this week as they prepare for their grand finals.

The under-12s, 13s, 14s and 16s will travel to Kyogle on Saturday for a chance to bring a premiership back to Grafton.

Ghosts juniors president Christian Lucas attributed years of development to being behind the remarkable run.

"The success this year shows how well the club have developed the team over the past four to five years," Lucas said.

"We almost had six teams but the 10s and 11s just missed out.

"They're very unlucky not to be there."

The U16s lost only one game on their way to the minor premiership, ahead of closest rival and grand final opponent Kyogle by eight points.

Lucas said the team was confident of winning the final, and credited the coaching staff and players for the performance.

"They've been the form team of the competition by far," he said.

"Since aligning with the seniors, we've been able to draw from their resources and apply some of their coaching methods."

The results speak for themselves, with six of the seven junior Ghost teams featuring in the finals series.

"There's a great trust between the senior and junior clubs - it's not a one-way street either way," Lucas said. "Both clubs are dedicated to helping the other out and that shows a lot, both on and off the field.

"Through our combined resources we've been able to develop the Ghosts into a semi-professional team.

"We're proud of our club and aim to keep the relationship strong well into the future."



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