Grafton Ghosts have enjoyed an unbeaten first half of the 2017 Group 2 Rugby League season including the Viv Hodge Memorial Trophy against South Grafton Rebels with captain-coach Danny Wicks at the helm.
Grafton Ghosts have enjoyed an unbeaten first half of the 2017 Group 2 Rugby League season including the Viv Hodge Memorial Trophy against South Grafton Rebels with captain-coach Danny Wicks at the helm. Robin Smith

Wicks slams 'cheque book club' call

RUGBY LEAGUE: Grafton Ghosts has completed the first half of the Group 2 home and away season with its unbeaten record in tact.

After Saturday's 36-0 rout of Orara Valley Axemen at Coramba, the Ghosts are now eight wins from eight games and have scored 426 points for and 78 against. Their nearest rivals are South Grafton Rebels two points adrift with one loss and 276 points for and 150 against.

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Only one moment in the clash truly disappointed Grafton's captain-coach Danny Wicks, and it came after the full-time siren when the Orara Valley announcer referred to the Ghosts as the "cheque book club".

The remark was a slap in the face for Wicks, who returned to his junior club this year after several years in the NRL system.

"Only Clint Greenshields, who is my best mate who came to the club to play with me, and Adam Slater aren't Ghosties juniors," he said.

"It isn't a case of 'there is something in the water at Grafton', our success is from blokes like Warwick Brown, Shaun Davison and everyone involved in Ghosts juniors over the past decade putting in the effort with our junior ranks. 

"There is no coincidence that the Ghosts are reaping the benefits after years of hard work in schools and on junior league grounds.

"The Rebels are another case of a team that cares for its juniors and is reaping the rewards in the top grade."

Ladder: 18 Grafton, 16 South Grafton, 12 Coffs, 10 Sawtell, 8 Mackvsille, 6 Bellingen, Woolgoolga, Orara Balley, 4 Nambucca.

 

 

How Danny Wicks came to the rescue for the Ghosts

Grafton Ghosts were in a state of limbo prior to Wicks announcing his departure from the NRL and immediate return to the Clarence Valley after the end of the 2016 season.

The news in November was music to the ears of Ghosts president Joe Kinnane, who at the time said the club made the "turnaround of the century" following a dismal turnout at the club's annual general meeting just a fortnight earlier.

"Danny is a local junior coming back home to his club," Kinnane said. "It has made a big, big difference to the Ghosts.  

    "Two weeks ago we couldn't even get anyone to our AGM and on Monday at our 'crisis meeting' it was standing room only.   "We had more people at the meeting than we have ever had since the dark days of amalgamation."

Who will win the 2017 Group 2 Rugby League title?

This poll ended on 09 August 2017.

Current Results

Bellingen Magpies

4%

Coffs Harbour Comets

6%

Grafton Ghosts

58%

Macksville Sea Eagles

3%

Nambucca Heads Roosters

3%

Orara Valley Axemen

1%

Sawtell Panthers

4%

South Grafton Rebels

14%

Woolgoolga Seahorses

3%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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