Tills ring and heads spin
THE tills were ringing in the kiosk at McKittrick Park on Sunday and on the field the bells were ringing.
In yet another great advertisement for local rugby league the Grafton Ghosts and the Rhinos played out an entertaining game before a bumper crowd.
The Rhinos management team has now finished counting all the proceeds from the day and the gross take looks like topping the $30,000 mark.
In past years both clubs would have been lucky to take that for an entire season as they stumbled along at the bottom of the ladder.
While tempers flared and friendships were broken over the past few years in the local rugby league war, it seemed to be coming to an end on Sunday afternoon.
Supporters from both sides can see that instead of trying to win points off each other they are far better off concentrating on making their clubs more professional.
The local league war brought volunteers out of the woodwork to help, many of these had watched from afar in previous years.
To make any club successful you must have a complete team working as one. That team is made up of volunteers and players.
From the person cooking the barbecue in the canteen to the lad running out the kicking tee everyone must play their part.
Of course the success of the team also plays a vital role in maintaining the momentum and at the moment both teams are travelling well.
The Ghosts are a talented group of young players with an excellent coach and deserve to be competition favourites. At the moment the only thing I can see beating them is over-confidence and lack of discipline.
The Rhinos on the other hand are a gifted squad that will improve as the year proceeds. The possibility is there for an all Grafton grand-final, what a match that would be in front of a sell-out crowd.
Mind you the Lower Clarence Magpies may have something to say about that.