Ghosts can be caught
NORTHERN United Dirawongs will go in to their game against Grafton Ghosts with a “nothing to lose” attitude in NRRRL action at Crozier Field, Lismore, tomorrow afternoon.
Captain-coach Willie Hammond is rallying his soldiers for an ambush on the defending premiers.
“We’re looking forward to it and going in with a nothing to lose attitude,” he said.
“We feel like we can beat anyone on our day, including Ghosts.
“The last time they lost a game was against us in 2009, hopefully that’s still in the back of their minds.”
Hammond admits it won’t be an easy task against a well-drilled Grafton side.
“They are strong all over the paddock and full credit to them for that,” he said.
“They’re well coached and have a very structured style of attack.
“Ghosts stick to the game plan and never panic when they’re behind on the score board.
“To beat them we have to be as dominant as they are in the forwards and do the little things right.”
The Dirawongs will need second-rowers Grant Brown and Jira Breckenridge to lead by example.
Brown will add plenty of aggression and look to take out some sting of the Ghosts’ intimidating pack.
Grafton coach Col Speed has warned the best is yet to come from his team this season.
“We’ve lost six players from last year’s grand final team,” he said.
“The blokes that have replaced them are still finding their feet and I think we’re only going to get better.
“You have to be prepared for anything against United.
“They’re good to watch and if we let them play their open style of football we’ll be in trouble.”
Ghosts welcome back two of their best in halfback Ryan Farrell and second-rower Aaron Hartmann.
Kick-off is 2.45pm.