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Ghosts' joker lets fly after spear tackle hurts great mate

THE LOLLBACKS have always been known as the jokers of the Grafton Ghosts family.

They have had a knack for pulling off brilliant practical jokes through their three generations of Ghosties, and have always been pretty good footballers too.

Daniel is the current Lollback in the Ghosts' first grade team, and when he spoke to The Daily Examiner after their 26-10 loss to Ballina Seagulls we expected a joke to follow quickly.

But Lollback was far from the joker, his message for Seagull centre Clarence Kelly was loud and clear.

"I wanted to kill him," Lollback said.

His quote was in reference to a 53rd minute incident, when Kelly was sent off for a spear tackle on Ghosts centre Sam Hartmann.

Hartmann did not move for some time following the tackle, and Lollback was first on the scene to protect his mate.

"Sam's one of my best mates," Lollback said.

"He's a great player to have inside me - heaps of talent and speed to burn. I was pretty angry after that tackle.

"Ballina are the team to beat though. These blokes will be there on grand final day."

Lollback pointed to the first 15 minutes as where the game was lost, as Ballina ran in two quick tries.

"We were pretty complacent," Lollback said.

Ghosts captain-coach Ryan Farrell agreed.

"We talked about how dangerous they were during the week but they came out and blew us off the park," Farrell said.

"I think we fought back pretty well but the damage was already done.

"Overall I'm pretty disappointed. Quite a few things were poor and we've got a lot to work to do before next week."

Grafton will host Byron Bay Red Devils in the minor semi final on Saturday, with a spot in the preliminary final up for grabs.

The Ghosts will have teams in all three grades, after the under-18 and reserve grade teams were defeated by Marist Brothers on Sunday.

Ballina travel to Stan Sercombe Oval for battle with Murwillumbah Mustangs, with hosting rights for the grand final in their sights.

Whether Clarence Kelly is part of that team is up to the judiciary, but Farrell said he would not be surprised if he was cleared.

"He always gets off so I'm sure they'll find a way," Farrell said.

NRRRL FIXTURES

Under-18s:
Murwillumbah Mustangs v Marist Bros - Sunday 11.30am at Stan Sercombe Oval, Murwillumbah.
Grafton Ghosts v Mullumbimby Giants - Saturday 11.30am at Frank McGuren Field, Grafton

Reserve grade:
Northern United v Marist Bros - Sunday 1pm at Stan Sercombe Oval, Murwillumbah.
Grafton Ghosts v Casino Cougars - Saturday 1pm at Frank McGuren Field, Grafton

First grade:
Murwillumbah Mustangs v Ballina Seagulls - Sunday 2.45pm at Stan Sercombe Oval, Murwillumbah.
Grafton Ghosts v Byron Bay Red Devils - Saturday 2.45pm at Frank McGuren Field, Grafton

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