Ghosts must lift to beat Brothers

THE Grafton Ghosts will take to the field against Marist Brothers tomorrow hoping to keep their unbeaten record intact.

First grade coach Col Speed believes the Ghosts will need to improve against a young and well-drilled Brethren outfit.

“You always have to have respect for any team coached by David Krause,” Speed said.

“We had a close game against them last season and they appear to have a very capable side.

“I know they have some very good players and we won’t be taking them lightly.”

Speed admitted his team’s first-round effort against the Magpies was below par and is hoping his players iron out their problems against Marist.

“I wasn’t happy with the game last week,” he said.

“There were too many turnovers and we failed to build and maintain pressure near the Magpies’ try line.”

The Ghosts would be keeping a close eye on the Marist Brothers front-rower and centre, Speed said.

“They have a good front-rower in Daryl Butcher and their centre Dylan Coleman is also a very good player,” he said.

Marist Brothers coach Krause said his team was looking forward to the game and he was also full of praise for his star centre.

“I’ve been involved with footy for over 20 years and Dylan is the best centre in the competition,” Krause said.

“I know young Aaron Hartmann is very good but Dylan gets the better of him every time.

“In my opinion Dylan is the best defensive centre in the NRRRL.

“I rate him as good as, if not better, than (former Melbourne Storm centre) Matt King.”

The Ghosts have named a near-full-strength team, with only one change from their first-round clash with the Magpies.

“It’s basically the same side who played against Lower, with one exception,” Speed said.

“Troy Munro has been moved to the bench to make way for Aaron Taylor.”

Speed has persisted with former centre Aaron Hartmann in the second-row after a strong showing last week.

Hartmann’s powerful running and off-loads have given Speed and the team more options.

In other round two matches Casino RSM is at home to Kyogle, Tweed Coast plays Evans Head, Mullumbimby is at home to Northern United, Murwillumbah clashes with Cudgen and Ballina has the bye.

Grafton Ghosts

1. Mitchell Lollback

2. Carson Galloway

3. Khan Williams

4. Aaron Taylor

5. Sam Hartmann

6. Daniel Roberts

7. Ryan Farrell

8. Mitchell Wicks

9. Rhys Walters

10. Tom Freebody

11. Aaron Hartmann

12. Ryan Danvers

13. Ben McLennan

Interchange: Troy Munro, Adam Elliott

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