Giant effort stops Ghosts
MULLUMBIMBY Giants have won the NRRRL reserve grade grand final, overcoming the Grafton Ghosts 18-16 at Stan Sercombe Oval today.
Grafton were their own worst enemy, with poor handling and discipline preventing the Ghosts from building any momentum.
The Giants led from the start, after second rower Jack Shaw crashed over in just the fourth minute.
It was a lead they never surrendered, as they fought their way to a well-earned victory.
Ghosts captain Liam Bland was disappointed in the way lost the game.
"We just gave away too much ball and in the end it killed us," the captain said.
"We played an ordinary game and the little things let us down."
Despite the loss, Bland was philosophical about his sides fortune.
"The thing about footy is there's always another game to set it right," he said.
"We'll be back next year and hopefully we can go one better."
Mullumbimby Giants 18 (Shaw, A Browning, Castellano tries; Godbee 3 goals) def Grafton Ghosts 16 (Stewart 2, Killduff tries; Worthing 2 goals) at Stan Sercombe Oval, Murwillumbah.
AS IT HAPPENED:
70th minute: Killduff grabs a consolation try for the Ghosts . Worthing converts and, as the siren sounds, Giants are up 18-16.
65th minute: Castellano seals it for the Giants with a strong effort. Godbees' conversion makes it 18-10 and the fat lady may be singing.
40th minute: Stewart grabs his double as a set play from the scrum works brilliantly. Kick goes wide and the Giants lead 12-10.
24th minute: Fullback Stewart awarded the try after he and Frame pounced on a deftly placed grubber from Frame. Worthing added the extras to cut the Giants lead in half. Giants lead 12-6.
11th minute: Giants halfback A. Browning gets over after some superb second phase play. Godbee converted the try for a 12-0 lead.
4th minute: Mullumbimby second-rower Shaw busted his way through some soft defence to open the scoring in the grand final. Godbee slotted the two from close range. Giants lead 6-0.