TOO STRONG: Ghosts reclaim Clem Rankin shield from Comets

WINNERS: The Grafton Ghosts celebrate reclaiming the Clem Rankin Shield after defeating Coffs Harbour Comets 28-12.
WINNERS: The Grafton Ghosts celebrate reclaiming the Clem Rankin Shield after defeating Coffs Harbour Comets 28-12. Jarrard Potter

RUGBY LEAGUE: The Grafton Ghosts remain undefeated in the Group 2 rugby league competition after defeating Coofs Harbour Comets 28-12 at Frank McGuren Park yesterday.

In a high intensity clash worthy of the top-of-the-table hype, the win saw the Ghosts reclaim the Clem Rankin shield.   The Ghosts started the match with all guns blazing, and with tries to centre Dylan Collett and winger Joel Moss the Ghosts jumped to an early 10-0 win.

It wasn't long before Coffs returned the favour with a damaging run from front rower Matt Cheeseman saw him barrel over the line.  

The Ghosts were reduced to 12 men on the stroke of half-time after centre Khan Williams was sin binned. Coffs fullback Scott Street scored off the resulting penalty, and following the succesful kick they took the lead 12-10.  

It was short lived however, after Ghosts captain-coach Danny Wicks recovered a short kick-off and found halfback Jake Frame who scored to reclaim the lead going into the break.  

The Ghosts started the second half with renewed intensity, and were rewarded after hooker Todd Cameron burrowed over the line to score the opening points of the second half.  

The Comets refused to go away, and lifted their intensity in defence, though the poor handling skills hampered their attack on the line.  

Halfway through the second half was a pivotal moment, with the Ghosts leading 22-12 a gift two points from a penalty conversion were turned down, which proved to be a masterstroke after lock Carlton Elliot broke through three Coffs defenders to plant the ball down for the final try of the match.  

Grafton Ghosts 28 (Collett, Moss, Frame, Cameron Elliot tries, Cameron 4 goals) def Coffs Harbour Comets 12 (Cheeseman, Street, Curry 2 goals).  

Who will win the 2017 Group 2 Rugby League title?

View Results

Topics:  clarence league clem rankin memorial shield coffs harbour comets frank mcg grafton ghosts rugby league

Scammers look for easy prey

BE ALERT: Lester Platts is spreading the word to be alert to computer scams.

Vigilance will save you

Lost in Paris to open French film festival

ON SCREEN: An eclectic program of 15 films at Screenwave's Vive la France! French Film Festival.

FANCY a French fizz in your step? A dose of cinematic champagne?

Test the brains trust with our weekend quiz

Test your general knowledge.

Local Partners

Group hug as council funds flow

Cultural grants help events

Challenge for cyclists of all levels and ages

This year's C.ex McDonald's Cycle Challenge is being held on Sunday, August 6. You can ride in the the 10km family ride, 20km, 40km, 60km, or the 100km challenge.

This year's cycle challenge is being held on Sunday, August 6.

New developments announced for Curryfest

TASTE TREATS: New developments for Curryfest 2017.

Fresh ideas and developments show no sign of slowing down.

VIDEO: Girls can feel safe at Splendour

Punters at Splendour in the Grass 2016 at Byron Bay.

High visibility police will be among the crowd at all times

Beauty blogger’s horribly racist product review

A POPULAR beauty blogger and model has come under fire for using a racist slur in a recent post.

Outrage as Ninja Warrior cuts Australia's fittest man

Adelaide’s James Newbury was mysteriously cut from the Ninja Warrior broadcast.

Australia's fittest man wasn’t good enough for Ninja Warrior.

Maggie's whirlwind trip around Japan

Maggie Beer pictured in a scene from her TV special Maggie in Japan.

Cooking icon serves up the best of Japanese cuisine in new TV show.

Exploring our complex relationship with the Southern Cross

Warwick Thornton in a scene from his documentary film We Don't Need A Map.

Filmmaker Warwick Thornton explores national identity, nationalism.

Ben will be cooking with Oma

Masterchef 2017 contestant Ben Ungermann.

MASTERCHEF'S last man standing will draw on his Dutch heritage.

Prince Charles and Camilla heading for Qld

Prince Charles and Camilla

It promises to be a holiday fit for a King

Eddie McGuire to come back as Footy Show co-host

Eddie McGuire at the Million Dollar Lunch annual fundraiser for the Children's Cancer Foundation in Melbourne, Friday, Aug. 6, 2015. (AAP Image/Tracey Nearmy) NO ARCHIVING

Footy Show axes Craig Hutchison, Sam Newman survives

Mum buys $900,000 apartment for her 8-year-old son

Tania Katsanis beat another couple of homeowners to secure the winning bid.

The apartment was a 'bargain' as the property market bottoms out

Owner tells of ghostly goings on at old Mackay pub

GHOST STORIES: Several people have died at the Mirani Hotel

Owner says pub is 'definitely haunted'

Developers 'pushing the envelope' with subdivisions

Darren Boettcher.

"When I said the block couldn't be subdivided, he just walked out"