Can Rebels win three in a row?

The Daily Examiner - - OPINION NEWS - Act­ing Ed­i­tor BILL NORTH

COULD we be see­ing an­other all-Grafton grand fi­nal in 2017?

Both Grafton Ghosts and South Grafton Rebels reg­is­tered solid wins against top four op­po­si­tion in round 15 of the Group 2 Rugby League sea­son on Sun­day.

While the Ghosts re­main un­de­feated and are roar­ing along, the Rebels have qui­etly strung the wins to­gether and have now moved into sec­ond spot.

But I had to laugh when I read cap­tain Grant Stevens’ com­ments (page 22): “They wrote us off two years in a row and we won the comp two years in a row.”

As the sports ed­i­tor at the time, I would be hard-pressed to find any­one who wrote them off in the 2015 sea­son.

The writ­ing was on the wall – in my mind at least – the day I popped down to a pre-sea­son train­ing ses­sion to meet new re­cruits Ant Cowan, Mal Web­ster, Rocky Walker, Chris Carr and Roy Hall. With Hughie Stan­ley al­ready on the books, Dal­las Wa­ters had mas­ter­minded one of the best Coun­try Rugby League club sides of re­cent years, and they played to the script all sea­son.

It was an iconic “Rebel Yell” im­age of Stevens him­self that adorned our grand fi­nal pre­view cover as we gave them next to no chance of los­ing.

Granted, many pre­dicted 2016 would be a more dif­fi­cult task – and it was – but, to the credit of in­com­ing coach Ron Gor­don, they got the job done, again.

2017 shapes up to be an even more dif­fi­cult prospect, es­pe­cially given the ob­vi­ous gains across the river. But no one – not at this pub­li­ca­tion at least – has writ­ten off the Rebels.

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