Gorman the new man turning heads in Ghosts group 2
NEVER mind Mitch Lollback. Grafton Ghosts have another Mitch piling on the tries in 2015.
Mitch Gorman has risen from obscurity this season to fill one of the backline positions vacated by the exodus of the likes of Lollback, who is playing for Manly Wynnum Seagulls in the Queensland Cup on the back of his record 45-try season in 2014
The speedy winger dived over for two second-half tries in his side's 36-4 win over Orara Valley Axemen at McGuren Field on Sunday. The double moves his tally to 11 for the season.
The key to the 20-year-old's game is his pace and agility, which saw him represent Northern Eagles at the National Touch League earlier this year.
However, despite being part of the Reserve Grade side's 2014 premiership win, it was not until late in the season when he switched from hooker to the wing that he was truly able to exploit his strengths.
2015 captain-coach Ben McLennan had seen enough to insist on Gorman lining up in First Grade and neither has looked back. Gorman has scored in all but two of the first eight matches, including four in the 36-28 loss to Coffs Harbour.
"I'm pretty surprised at how I've gone so far," Gorman admitted. "I wasn't sure how I'd go playing first grade with the physicality of it, but I'm finding it not too bad.
"Matt Muller's a gun centre. It's handy having him inside me."
Coffs Harbour centre Shayde Perham crossed once in his side's upset loss to Macksville on Sunday to ensure he remains at the top of the Group 2 Rugby League first grade try scorers list with 12.
The big mover was South Grafton Rebels veteran Dwayne Duke, who scored four tries in South Grafton's 10-try demolition of Bellingen Dorrigo Magpies.
After 8 rounds:
12: Shayde Perham (Comets)
11: Mitch Gorman (Ghosts)
8: Jay Melrose (Roosters), Jade Duroux (Rebels), Dwayne Duke (Rebels)
7: Shannon Murphy (Axemen), Jeremy Taylor (Sea Eagles), Raih Woodley (Ghosts)
6: Chris Carr (Rebels), Roy Bell (Rebels), John Oakes (Comets), Peter Bula (Sea Eagles)