Ghosts to blood young guns

GRAFTON Ghosts first grade coach Col Speed has indicated he will be using today's trial against the Orara Valley Axemen to blood some of his young guns

With several players unavailable, the 2010 premiership winning coach said his first grade squad was far from being settled.

“We have a few guys away so it's a good chance to have a close look at those fringe players who are pushing for a spot in first grade,” Speed told the Examiner.

“I'll also be experimenting with a few players in different positions to look at what options we have.

“Aaron Hartmann will have a stint at five-eighth and I'm considering giving Ryan Farrell a go at the hooking role.”

Speed admits he knows little about the Orara side but added in the past trial games between the two teams have been a good

indicator on how the Ghosts are travelling.

“I haven't heard much about the Axemen but it's usually a good hit-out for our guys,” Speed said.

“We had a trial earlier in the season against Redcliffe and there were some impressive performances.

“Both Dan Shipman and Nick Bell will be pushing for a place in first grade and Mitch Wicks is training the house down.”

Speed said he is also exited about the prospect of former Atherton Roosters' player Jake

Dudley trialling with the Ghosts today.

“Jake is apparently a very handy player so I'm keen to see how he goes. He's more of a utility player who can play most positions in the backline.”

A combined under-18-reserve grade game will kick off at 1.30 followed by the senior fixture. Games are being played at Frank McGuren Field.



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