Ghosts honour a true legend

HE WAS a legend both sides of the Clarence.

Tomorrow, the Grafton Ghosts and Rhinos will honour legendary player, coach and official, Viv Hodge, with a memorial trophy.

Hodge, who passed away in 2007, made his name first under the South Grafton Rebels banner as captain/coach of their 1970 grand final side.

On that day, coincidentally, the Rebels lost to the Ghosts 12-5.

Two years later he got his rewards when he led the Rebels to a 19-6 triumph against Kyogle in the decider.

Hodge transferred to the Ghosts in 1975/76 for a term as captain/coach before a short stint before retirement with the Lower Clarence Magpies in 1978.

He returned to coach the Ghosts' reserve grade sides from 1981-83 before his final assignment in charge of the seconds in 1997.

Due to his efforts with both Grafton clubs, the Ghosts decided a trophy would be the best way to remember Hodge.

“He was a great bloke,” Ghosts president Michael Rogan said.

“It was just a suggestion we decided to run with.

“I'm sure there will be a little bit of sentimental stuff out there on Sunday.”

Hodge's widow, Marion, will present the trophy to the winning team after the match.

“When (Ghosts official) Mark (Hall) contacted her she was over the moon with the idea,” Rogan said.



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