Former Ghost Don Dickson, now captain coach at Ballina, is looking for an improvement in form from his players.
Former Ghost Don Dickson, now captain coach at Ballina, is looking for an improvement in form from his players.

Seagulls to ruffle Pie feathers

THE last time Don Dickson fronted the Lower Clarence Magpies he was playing for the Grafton Ghosts.

Dickson was part of a Ghosts' side which defeated the Magpies 58-14 back in August last year.

However, on Sunday the talented lock-forward will not have the luxury of players of the calibre of Farrell, Hartmann, Stevens and Don by his side.

After helping the Ghosts to a premiership in 2010 Dickson has taken on the coaching role at Ballina, and looking at their early form the Seagulls could be in for a long season.

In round one of the NRRRL competition the Seagulls were thumped by Evans Head 64-12.

And after a bye in round two will be desperate for some game time.

“It's been a bit of a mixed start to the season,” Dickson said on Thursday.

“We had the bye before the Easter break and it's hard to gauge how the team will go.

“We've trained well during the week, but basically we have been a bit behind the eight-ball.”

Dickson admits getting his troops to training has been an issue, but added he has put in place a rewards program for those players who are putting in the hard yards.

“Early on some of the guys were not fully committed to training,” he said. “But if they don't train they don't play, it's as simple as that.”

After suffering a loss in their opening game, Dickson said he will be focusing on player discipline against the Magpies on the weekend.

“The big thing for us has been player discipline and poor execution. Some players are blaming the referee and you just can't do that. It's not going to get you anywhere,” he said.



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