The Titanic trio to strike again

"We haven't played in four weeks because teams have been forfeiting against us," Liyou said.

HIGHER DUTIES: Grafton Ghosts under 14 players Hamish Ellem, Ben Liyou and Caleb Barker have been selected to play with the Gold Coast Titans Junior Development side next month. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK
HIGHER DUTIES: Grafton Ghosts under 14 players Hamish Ellem, Ben Liyou and Caleb Barker have been selected to play with the Gold Coast Titans Junior Development side next month. PHOTO: DEBRAH NOVAK

The frustrating run of forfeits continued at the weekend when Marist Brothers withdrew. Instead, coach Brett Nay organised an opposed session with the older Under-15 boys.

While the alarming number of forfeits raises concerns about the health of junior rugby league in the Northern Rivers, fear could be a factor. At 14 years of age Hamish is 190cm and Ben 188cm, while Caleb, who was man of the match when South Grafton High won the Under-14 Daily Examiner Shield, is unstoppable in open space.

TOO GOOD: Grafton Ghost Caleb Barker leaves the Casino defence behind in the Group One Under-13 clash at McGuren Field. Photo: Bill North
TOO GOOD: Grafton Ghost Caleb Barker leaves the Casino defence behind in the Group One Under-13 clash at McGuren Field. Photo: Bill North Bill North

The trio will play for Gold Coast Titans Under-14s against a Queensland Samoa team on September 26.

The team, which is made up of Group 1, Group 18 and Gold Coast-based players selected from a development squad that also included teammate Jacob Harvey, which participated in three Wednesday night training sessions in Ballina.

"It was good to have four fellas from our club to all go up together," Ellem said.

The side will attend a two-day training camp on the Gold Coast prior to the match. Ellem will then head straight to Albury for a representative AFL competition. Barker has also crossed codes this year, representing NSW Country Under-14s in rugby union.



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