Rhinos player Jonni Macilai does a test run on the Grafton Greyhound racing track in preparation for this afternoon.
Rhinos player Jonni Macilai does a test run on the Grafton Greyhound racing track in preparation for this afternoon. JoJo Newby

Its man vs beast

THIS afternoon the Grafton Greyhound Racing Club will once again play host to the Grafton Rhinos rugby league squad and the Rhinos’ affiliated sporting bodies in their annual Rhinos-versus-greyhound sprint races.

Yes, it is round 2 of the man versus canine series with the greyhound fraternity set to strike back hard after being humbled 2-0 in last year’s exciting series.

This year, the Rhinos will be represented by the speedy Fijian duo of Joe Ravueta and Jonni Macilai with the pair locked in battle against their four-legged opponents Jarrah’s Rocket and Tee Boned.

These races are scheduled to get under way after race numbers three and five on the 10-event program.

Interested parties can pick up their free entry tickets from the South Services Club which continues to be a major sponsor of the Rhinos.

These free admission passes will be available during the raffles on Friday evening.

Since their inception in late 2007-early 2008, the Rhinos organisation has proved to be a fantastic addition to the Grafton sporting scene with a developing interest in all sports in the region including soccer and netball along with a strong interest in all levels of junior sport.

The club has also entered into a loyalty card promotion with the Grafton Hockey Association.

The Rhinos are proving to be a highly progressive “can do” organisation.

On the rugby league field, the Rhinos are looking forward to a successful football season following strong pre-season victories over Lower Clarence and Evans Head.

Club spokesman Pat Swift suggested that a finals appearance was their minimum expectation this season.

Swift said the team has been training strongly under new coach Shaun Fathers who hails from Cudgen.

In a twist of irony, it was Cudgen which ended the Rhinos’ 2010 campaign in the first week of finals football last year.

Supporters can expect plenty of razzle dazzle from the Rhinos backline which features both Ravueta and Macilai while their hard-working forward pack will be looking to ensure the backs have plenty of field position to work with in 2011.

The Rhinos will be hoping for strong local support when they step out for the first NRRRL game of the season on the second weekend of April, when they line up against Casino on their home turf in South Grafton.



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