South Grafton Rebels' captain Grant Stevens meets Grafton Ghosts' captain-coach Ben McLennan go into battle today for the Viv Hodge Memorial Tophy at Frank McGuren Field in Group 2 Rugby League action.
South Grafton Rebels' captain Grant Stevens meets Grafton Ghosts' captain-coach Ben McLennan go into battle today for the Viv Hodge Memorial Tophy at Frank McGuren Field in Group 2 Rugby League action. Matthew Elkerton

Ghosts ready to even the score with cross river rivals

RUGBY LEAGUE: Two of the hardest men in Group 2 Rugby League are set to lead their soldiers into battle on Frank McGuren Field today.

Grafton Ghosts’ captain coach Ben McLennan is into his second year at the helm of the blue and whites and has developed a no-nonsense style with a focus on set completions.

While South Grafton Rebels captain Grant “Stumpy” Stevens has only re-taken the role midway through this season, but as a natural-born leader has already shown his ability to lead on the park.

Both men have a work ethic beyond any other in Group 2 Rugby League, constantly turning up for their troops on the paddock.

They both bleed the colour of their jersey and both cannot wait to get a win over each other.

“The boys are looking forward to the game,” Grafton Ghosts’ president Joe Kinnane said. “They look forward to this match every year, especially the one at home and we are playing for the important Viv Hodge Memorial Trophy, which is very dear to all our hearts.”

The Rebels currently hold the Viv Hodge Memorial Trophy after defeating the Ghosts at Frank McGuren Field last year, but McLennan wants it back.

“It’s like a grand final for us,” he said. “They’re tough no matter how we’re both going. It doesn’t really matter, it’s on the day who turns up.”

Stevens said his side had been focused all week and would continue to play to their strengths, which had seen them undefeated this season.

“We have got our mind set on this clash,” he said.

“We just play our brand of rugby league the way we want to, we don’t worry about our opposition, I will do my job the way I always do.”

Today’s action kicks off at Frank McGuren Field with Under 18s at midday. First grade kicks off at 2.45pm.



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