BIG BOY: Ben McLennan will head an all-star lineup for the Ghosts.
BIG BOY: Ben McLennan will head an all-star lineup for the Ghosts. Adam Hourigan

Too big, too fast, too strong

THE Grafton Ghosts will have to claim this year’s NRRRL title with a target plastered on their backs, according to the men assigned the task of stopping the all-star lineup.

A Daily Examiner poll found all but two of the 11 rival coaches contacted tipped the Ghosts to reign supreme when the action begins across the region today.

Ghosts’ boss Col Speed deflected attention away from his talented squad, nominating Marist Brothers as the team to beat while Brothers’ coach David Krause refused to select a team.

Northern United, Murwillumbah and Ballina could not be contacted. Here are the reasons why the Ghosts are considered shoo-ins:

Con Theodossiou (Cudgen) “They are the strongest team all over the paddock.”

Scott Hogan (Mullumbimby) “Wicks is back and I have been told that a few of their good under-18s are back.”

Xavier Sullivan (Rhinos) “Because of their off-season buying, mainly Don Dickson and Danny Wicks.”

Dene Petty (Casino) “Just the way they played the trial matches.”

Simon Kelly (Byron Bay) “They are stronger than they have been for the past couple of years.”

Ricky Binge (Lower Clarence) “They have been building for this for three years and will set the bar this season.”

Damien Bryant (Evans Head) “Because of their consistency in retaining players.”

Andrew Pederson (Kyogle) “Too big, too strong, too fast.”

Matt Slattery (Tweed Coast) “They have been there abouts for the last couple of years and have some good young blokes.”



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