Water-tight defence crushes Evans
THE Grafton Ghosts carried on were they left off last year with another impressive defensive effort against Evans Head.
Even with several key players unavailable the Ghosts kept their own tryline in check, running out victors 16-0.
Defence has been a big part of the 2010 premiers' winning philosophy and for coach Col Speed keeping the opposition scoreless was a huge positive to take out of the game.
“In the first half we were our own worst enemy. Our completion rates were probably below 20%,” Speed said after the game.
“But the good thing coming out of the game was our defensive structure was still there and we were committed.
“I can't fault the boys for that.”
With Aaron Hartmann, captain Ryan Farrell and back-rower Adam Elliott missing in action it was a chance for Speed to trial fringe players pushing for a first grade spot in 2011.
“Troy Munro keeps pushing for a place in first grade, big time,” Speed said.
“I was impressed with the blokes we brought in.
"Jake Lennon is slowly getting there although there are a few areas he needs to work on.
“Jake took a few good options and I thought Ben McLennan had his usually strong game.
“Tom Freebody was back to his best and as usual Rhys Walters had a great game.
“It's good we have the balance in the hooking role with young Sam Lennon and Rhys.”
Evans Head – who struggled last year – have recruited well in the off-season and according to Speed are a team on the rise.
“I was very impressed with Evans. They appeared to have good structure and I think they'll be pushing for a top-five position this season,” he said.
“They were probably a bit unlucky with a few decisions and the stop-start nature of the game.”