Moss rockets to top
IF YOU HAVE been to a game of footy at Frank McGuren Field this year, you may well have heard the cries of the "Moss Rocket".
Ground announcer Jeff Hackett's popular phrase sounds out over the Grafton Ghosts' sound system every time winger Joel Moss grabs himself a try, and with 26 to his name the phrase has certainly had some air play.
Moss has had a standout year for the Ghosts, grabbing two or three tries at a time on his way to being the NRRRL's top try scorer.
The 23-year-old winger put it down to a "good year", but he said it was a year that may never have happened.
"I played for Lower Clarence Magpies in 2011 and we had a really bad year," Moss said.
"We had a good team but a lot of people pulled out. I was playing shit and sick of it. I almost quit footy."
That season would have been Moss' final year in rugby league had it not been for an approach from Ghosts captain-coach Ryan Farrell.
Moss joined the Ghosts in 2012 and worked his way into the first grade team.
"It took me half the year to get into the first grade team but I've held my spot ever since," Moss said.
"I'm happy at the Ghosts and have never looked back.
"The boys in the middle do all the work I'm just lucky to get the tries."
The panel beater is no stranger to working up the middle, however, regularly finding himself in heavy contact with the opposition.
Moss said he loved the heavy contact, but a move to the forward pack probably would not happen.
"I love it," Moss said.
"I wouldn't want to push them out of their spots."
The Ghosts travel to Evans Head Saturday for the final round of the regular season in what is a perfect warm-up for the finals.
It is the first game back for Aaron Hartmann after a lengthy spell due to a knee injury, with brother Sam Hartmann also returning to the centre.
The Ghosts will meet Ballina Seagulls in the first week of finals next week, who they lost 20-12 to in a mid-week catch-up game.
"This time will be totally different," Moss said.
1. Matt Muller
2. Joel Moss
3. Sam Hartmann
4. Aaron Hartmann
5. Dan Lollback
6. Jake Lennon
7. Ryan Farrell
8. Tim Tilse
9. Todd Cameron
10. Mitch Wicks
11. Josh Donohoe
12. Ryan Danvers
13. Ben McLennan
14. Neori Kurimalawai
15. Regan Burley
16. Blake Winmill
17. Jayden McDonagh