RUGBY LEAGUE: Slater recalled for Dolphins selection
RUGBY LEAGUE: The strong start to the Group 2 season for the Grafton Ghosts has not gone unnoticed in the Country Rugby League world with the local side being the only Group 2 team with more than one player selected in the North Coast Dolphins side.
Three of the Ghosts' best, including perennial representative forward, Adam Slater, received the call-up into the Dolphins side. Slater was overlooked for the Steve Carter coached Group 2 side which suffered a narrow 36-34 defeat to Group 3 in Taree at the weekend.
The edge-running second rower is set to make his third appearance in as many years for the North Coast representative side after being selected despite not playing for Group 2.
In what was an obvious show of respect for past achievements, the North Coast selectors chose Slater straight from club football.
"I guess it is a case of different team, different selectors," Grafton Ghosts president Joe Kinnane said.
"He is bloody deserving of the selection, he plays the same hard football every week and he never lets anyone down in the team.
"You know what you are going to get from Slater each week. He is reliable."
The Ghosts' lethal left edge attack of Dylan Collett and Mitch Gorman also received the call-up after both players impressed in their first ever taste of representative football.
The centre/wing combination that the two Ghosts' stars have built this season has been likened to the famed Gidley-Tahu combination which once ruled the right edge for the Newcastle Knights.
Gorman set Jack Neal Oval alight in Saturday's representative fixture with the winger crossing for a hat-trick of tries in the second half to bring Group 2 within sniffing distance of their opposition.
He knows how to find the line but the centre believes every try is a testament to the work of his inside men, including Collett.
"It is coming from the boys in the middle helping me out," Gorman said.
"They fight to move the ball up the guts which opens up the space for us boys out wide to score.
"It's a big team effort and everyone contributes to the tries."
Kinnane was ecstatic that both Collett and Gorman had also been selected in what is their breakout seasons.
"I have been impressed with the way they have come together this season," he said. "Dylan has not missed a training session all year, he has just come on in leaps and bounds."