Emo­tions high as Ghosts claim shield and mi­nor pre­mier­ship

The Daily Examiner - - SPORT RUGBY LEAGUE - Jar­rard Pot­ter jar­rard.pot­ter@dai­lyex­am­iner.com.au

RUGBY LEAGUE: In what was their tough­est match of the sea­son so far, Grafton Ghosts pres­i­dent Joe Kin­nane said Sun­day was a good day for the club, with the first grade side not only re­claim­ing the Clem Rankin Shield but also wrap­ping up the mi­nor pre­mier­ship in the process.

The Ghosts’ Un­der 18 side also se­cured their mi­nor pre­mier­ship in what was an emo­tional day at Frank McGuren Field.

“It was a good day for the club, prob­a­bly the hard­est hit out they’ve had for a long time, and it was a very high stan­dard game,” Kin­nane said.

“It’s some­thing the club takes a lot of pride in, play­ing in mem­ory of our in­au­gu­ral coach, plus there’s no love lost be­tween the two sides.”

Kin­nane said seven mem­bers of the Grafton Ghosts’ 1977 pre­mier­ship win­ning side were on hand to present the jumpers to the play­ers be­fore the game, which was a thrill for all in­volved.

Af­ter the siren the play­ers and the club’s old boys gath­ered to sing the team song. “That was a real high­light of the day, and every­one got a kick out of it,” Kin­nane said.

“Every­one was very ex­cited and there were a great deal of cel­e­bra­tions af­ter the game.”

Look­ing ahead to the fi­nal rounds, Kin­nane said he hoped the team would be boosted by the re­turn of Ben McLen­nan and Ri­ley Law be­fore the semi-fi­nals.

“We have two games and a bye be­fore the semi-fi­nals, and we take on Woolgoolga and Orara which will be hard, but I’m con­fi­dent we can keep our streak go­ing,” he said.

PHOTO: JAR­RARD POT­TER

RUN­AWAY: Grafton Ghosts cen­tre Dy­lan Col­lett breaks away for the first try of the match against Coffs Har­bour Comets at Frank McGuren Field on Sun­day.

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