Ghosts centre Aaron Hartmann gives Rhinos back-rower Jeff Skeen a gob-full in last year’s local derby, which the Ghosts won.
Ghosts centre Aaron Hartmann gives Rhinos back-rower Jeff Skeen a gob-full in last year’s local derby, which the Ghosts won.

Rhinos, Ghosts play passion games

TUESDAY'S Examiner featured an article questioning if the local rugby league derby between the Grafton Ghosts and Grafton Rhinos has lost its aura.

Talk to some rugby league fans and the answer is yes.

But ask Ghosts' first grade coach Col Speed and the answer is a big ‘No!'.

“It's a game we look forward to each year and there is certainly plenty of passion involved from our guys,” Speed told the Examiner during the week.

“I know all the local lads take it very seriously and even our Pommy imports from last season quickly adopted a passion for playing against the Rhinos.

“For us we build the game up as a mini-grand final.”

Speed admits he remembers the day the Ghosts were ambushed at home by the Rhinos in 2009 – something he says won't happen again.

“We got caught with our pants down that day. It was partly due to complacency,” he says.

“The players, and myself for that matter, have matured since then and have learnt a valuable lesson.”



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