Crazy time for Seahorses
By BRAD GREENSHIELDS
THE hype is building around the town of Woolgoolga as many of the Seahorse's old boys are getting excited about their team's chances in this year's Group 2 semi finals.
Woolgoolga's hooker Matt Grayson admits that he's enjoying getting swept up in the excitement among the community almost as much as he enjoys the big swells that come in on Woolgoolga's beaches.
"It's pretty crazy at the moment," the 21 year old said.
"You're walking around town and people are starting to come up to you and ask 'You're the little hooker aren't you?'.
"All the the old fellas at the club are getting a bit carried away too because it's been a while since Woolgoolga's been in the semi's."
The improvement in the former Grafton Ghosts player has shone through this season as Grayson has been like like every member of the team this season in constantly stepping up.
While a lot has been spoken about the size of Woolgoolga's props this season in Lee Harvey, Ryan Hartin, Dallas Turner and captain-coach John Cross, the likes of Grayson, Craig McVey and Grant Vines are possibly three of the smallest players running around in a Group 2 pack.
"We don't have the biggest pack but we all know our jobs," the hooker admitted.
"There's some pretty crazy little fellas in that group.
"But they do their job every week and they do it well."
As proud as Grayson is of the performances of his diminutive teammates, he has no hesitation in suggesting the presence of John Cross at the club is a big part of the club's surge towards the finals.
"With Crossy he plays in the forwards and he really drives the team.
"He motivates me because just his presence when he's out on the ground, it really lifts you and it lifts the other blokes as well.
"There's the other things as well like the way he talks to you.
"He looks you in the eye when he's speaking to you and doesn't just look through you.
"He doesn't think he's better than anyone just because he's played in the NRL."
The Seahorses face a massive game tomorrow when they host Macksville.
With Orara Valley already wrapping up the minor premiership, this match decides who will finish in second place and host the Major Preliminary Semi Final next week.
Both sides are in red hot form with the Sea Eagles winning four of their past five matches and Woolgoolga remaining undefeated over the past six weeks.
"Sunday is going to be awesome, it's a pretty big game for us," an excited Grayson said.
"All the boys have been pretty relaxed during the week but when the game comes around we just need to dig in and play hard football.
"If we win this, we get a home semi next week and that's just awesome."
Macksville will be trying to spoil the Seahorses party as they jockey to be in the best position to win their fourth consecutive title.
Grayson knows that his team are in for a big challenge tomorrow but believes that the team has prepared well enough to get the two points.
"Crossy has been saying that we need to make sure we move up on both sides of the ruck and put some pressure on David Pickvance who comes back for them this week.
"It's a big game so we just need to make sure that we get up there and get into them."