History beckons for Ghosts reserve grade
IT IS not like Warwick Brown needs the reminder but whenever the Grafton Ghosts reserve grade coach visits the Albion Hotel, a blank space quickly jogs his memory.
On either side of the blank space is a list of years, with seven in one column and six in the other.
The middle column of the Ghosts' honour board remains blank.
"It'd be good to change that," Brown said.
The Ghosts not only have a chance to win an historic double in front of their home fans, but what would be their first reserve grade premiership lies just 80 minutes away.
Brown, co-coach Phil Warby and the rest of the squad are under no illusion as to how difficult it will be to win.
They have to overcome the minor premiership-winning Coffs Comets, who were unstoppable until the Ghosts beat them at home once in the regular season, and again in the major semi final.
"Anything can happen in a grand final," Warby said.
"We have to play how we've been playing the last few weeks."
Warby is no stranger to grand finals. He's enjoyed the highs of winning grand finals, but has lost his last to two trips to the big dance.
In 2012 it was an 18-16 loss to Mullumbimby, while last year he and his side were cruelly denied a drought-breaking premiership by Marist Brothers in extra time.
This time he and the rest of the Ghosts fraternity are determined to make it different.
They've been blessed with depth, so much so that at training on Thursday night Warby had to break the news to two players that they would not play tomorrow.
As upset as the duo may be to miss out, Brown said they would do whatever they can to make them feel part of the team.
"They'll stay in the sheds with us and still on the bench," Brown said.
"Our depth has probably been one of our biggest strengths this season. At any other club a lot of these guys would walk into the first grade side.
"It's a beautiful position to be in but it makes it hard when you have to tell someone they aren't playing."