Don Dickson leads Grafton team mates on a merry dash as Matt Cheeseman offers cover defence from the Comets.
Don Dickson leads Grafton team mates on a merry dash as Matt Cheeseman offers cover defence from the Comets. Debrah Novak

Ghosts rocket to Group 2 favouritism by smashing Comets

CONSIDER that a warning shot to the rest of Group 2.

Grafton Ghosts were already considered one of the top sides in the competition but the 36-8 domination of Coffs Comets has installed the premier club as the team to beat this season.

The Ghosts were never headed in a game that had a distinct grand final feel, with Matt Muller and Mitch Lollback feeding off an outstanding Don Dickson to turn in another sparkling display.

Dickson stood head and shoulders above the rest of the side, taking control when his Ghosts team-mates needed it most.

Despite an ordinary first half in which the Ghosts made several awful decisions, including kicking out on the full twice, captain-coach Ryan Farrell was happy with how his side responded.

"I knew the boys were ready for it all week," Farrell said,

"The way we trained and the way the guys were, we were never going to lose that match."

A tough first half saw the Ghosts carrying a slender 14-8 lead, which left club president Neil Payne fearing the match could follow the script of the one earlier this season where the Comets overcame a six-point deficit.

He had nothing to fear however, as the Ghosts went on to lift the Clem Rankin Shield for the first time.



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