Sport

Ghosts roast Turkeys

Ghosts’ Khan Williams flicks a pass during the NRRRL match between Grafton and the Kyogle Turkeys yesterday.
Ghosts’ Khan Williams flicks a pass during the NRRRL match between Grafton and the Kyogle Turkeys yesterday. Contributed

GRAFTON Ghosts captain/coach Ryan Farrell had more pressing things on his mind than his side's thumping of Kyogle at Frank McGuren Field on Sunday.

The defending premiers turned a 32-4 halftime scoreline into a 58-4 avalanche, running in 11 tries.

But it was the sight of his star back-rower and good mate Aaron Hartmann being carted off in an ambulance which had the Ghosts captain on edge.

Hartmann went down midway through the first half with what appeared to be a serious back injury.

"I'll get up to the hospital as quick as I can," a distraught Farrell said after the game.

"Hopefully, everything's fine and its just precautionary. … he could be fine in a week or be out for a month. We'll just have to wait and see ... fingers crossed Aaron will be okay."

While Farrell would have been disappointed with a couple of defensive lapses, especially down the Ghosts' right edge, in a nutshell the home side was damaging and dangerous.

Recruit Josh Donohoe bagged three four-pointers, causing havoc all afternoon down the left side and not far behind was fellow back-rower Ryan Danvers who got through a mountain of work.

At times, the Turkeys' defence was non-existent, letting in far too many soft tries.

The Ghosts clocked off momentarily late in the first half but after the break continued to rack up the points in a clinical display of rugby league.

"We watched a video of Kyogle during the week and worked out which areas to attack them and it worked in the first half," Farrell said.

"I thought our completion rate was really good but towards the end of the first half our intensity dropped off. It's something we need to work on."

When Kyogle did find themselves in good field position they managed to butcher at least three tries with the final pass going to ground.

In a sometimes spiteful match, the game threatened to boil over on several occasions with two players sent to the sin-bin.

Fiery Ghosts' winger Dan Lollback received his marching orders as did the Turkeys hooker who proved to be a menace all afternoon.

The Ghosts take on the Magpies next Sunday in the local derby before playing a catch-up game against Casino on Tuesday night.

"Yeah, we play Lower on Sunday down there, then we have another away game against Casino. It's a bit brutal but we'll handle it," Farrell said.

 

THE SCOREBOARD

Grafton Ghosts 58 (Josh Donohoe 3 tries, Mitch Lollback 2, Aaron Taylor 2, Sam Hartmann 1, Dan Lollback 1, Dave Emmott 1, Sam Lennon 1. Aaron Taylor 6 goals, Joel Moss 1) def Kyogle 4 (Jon Malici try)

Topics:  ambulance captain coach football ghosts hospital kyogle rugby league



Work starts on highway overpass

The Pacific Highway upgrade continues

Motorists to be diverted to service Road

Summit the first step for bush footy

One of the round table discussions held by one of the groups led by scribe Col Hennessy during the NSW Grassroots Rugby League Summit staged at the Yamba Sports Complex on Saturday, 18th February, 2017.

Orange Sky Laundry inspiring at grassroots footy summit.

Rebels 'dumbfounded' over Coffs Coast 9s final snub

South Grafton Rebels first grade side at the Coffs Coast 9s.

Coach Ron Gordon admitted club felt like it had been "robbed”.

Local Partners

Hi-tech welcome for bishop

Bishops ordination to be a colourful and reverent event, and if you can't get to the church, youc an watch it on the web


Share a cuppa coffee with a cop

Coffee and conversation go hand in hand in the Clarence whether you like it or not.

Chance to come along and meet your local police officers

Deputy premier on his way to the Clarence Valley

NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro during question time at NSW Parliament in Sydney, Tuesday, Feb. 14, 2017.  Berejiklian was elected Premier by her party room after Mike Baird announced his shock resignation.(AAP Image/Dean Lewins) NO ARCHIVING

John Barilaro's first visit at NSW deputy

OUR SAY: Perfect opportunity for people with passion

The Mouldy Lovers get the crowd dancing at the Surfing the Coldstream Festival.  Photo Clair Morton / Daily Examiner

Events large or small require helping hands of volunteers

Nadia visits Coast to escape Married At First Sight drama

MARRIED At First Sight contestant Nadia Stamp escaped to the Coast for a girl's weekend to take stock ahead of week of drama.

‘I didn’t stuff it up like you have’: Plibersek on Q&A

“I didn’t stuff it up the way you have stuffed it up, George”: Tanya Plibersek.

Plibersek lashed out at Brandis to plenty of applause

MKR cheating scandal: Alyse and Matt hit back

Matt Jenner shows his MKR rivals the curry paste he and Alyse used.

Alyse and Matt Jenner have hit back at claims they cheated on MKR

MKR rocked by satay sauce cheating scandal

Alyse and Matt slammed for satay sauce fiasco.

'Nasty' Married At First Sight groom ripped apart on TV

Anthony gets torn down during the Married At First Sight commitment ceremony.

MAFS groom Anthony faces the music after fiery dinner party.

MOVIE REVIEW: Matt Damon's The Great Wall gets lost

Matt Damon fails in a scene from the movie The Great Wall.

Did The Great Wall get lost in translation?

Paul Murray listens to regions

Paul Murray is taking his Sky News show on the road to shine a spotlight on regional Australia.

Radio broadcaster wants viewers to 'turn up and fire up'

Popular island resort sells to loaded international investor

OUR PICK: Chris Foey's colourful shot of one of Gladstone's great tourism hot spots, Heron Island.

International investor snaps up piece of Gladstone paradise.

Potential home buyers punished for doing the 'right thing'

Should I go to university or buy a house?

Living with river view

LABOUR OF LOVE: Peter and Narelle Cauldwell are selling Bemuda Estate in Great Marlow (pictured below).

A rare opportunity to own a luxury estate

Clarence River island paradise selling for $5M

Former Ballina councillor Margaret Howes is selling her island getaway.

GALLERY: Tropical getaway with beaches and airstrip put on market.

Ready to SELL your property?

Post Your Ad Here!