Title tag means nothing
THE Grafton Ghosts swept all before them in the pre-season Charity Shield but as we all know, trial games count for nothing.
On Sunday at Frank McGuren Field the Ghosts begin their NRRRL campaign against the Evans Head Bombers.
The Ghosts sent a clear message to rival clubs in the trial matches - be on your game or suffer the consequences.
With a star-studded line-up the Ghosts, which are primarily made up of local juniors, are short-priced favourites to take out the 2010 title.
One person who is well aware of all the hype surrounding his side’s perceived unbeatable tag is first grade coach Col Speed.
“As a coach you need to keep everyone in check. I know some of the senior players have been ensuring players are kept on their toes,” Speed said.
“I know Donny Dickson gets the players back to reality very quickly and our cheeky winger Daniel Lollback has made comments to that effect...even to Danny Wicks.”
Speed is under no illusions when it comes to Sunday’s clash with the Bombers and said he expects a torrid game up front.
“It should be a tough game, they have a good forward pack who keep coming at you,” he said.
“They look to be the big improvers from last year and have gained a few quality players. Their five-eighth is handy and a guy came off the bench in the trial and scored a few sensational tries.
“They have a few unknown imports but are very well coached and drilled.”
Speed said his side had a good hit-out at training during the week and player shortages through the grades is not a problem.
“We’ve had good numbers at training and the boys are raring to go, it’s been a good environment all week. We’ll have a simple game plan and hopefully our talented backline will do the job,” he said.
The Ghosts have named a strong line-up for Sunday’s game with a bench other sides would be envious of. Speed has named four forwards as reserves, indicating the game may well be won up front.
Former Rhinos’ backrower Ryan Danvers, a noted defender and workhorse, will relish his opportunity to impress the selectors as will Welsh signing Thomas Burnell.
All eyes however will be on Danny Wicks whose ability to bust tackles and off-load almost at will should provide plenty of opportunities on the edges.
The Examiner understands exciting fullback Anthony Don may not take the field due to an injury sustained on Thursday night at training