Ghosts to take some beating
HOW do you beat the Grafton Ghosts?
Ben Crawford isnt exactly sure. Fifteen times club captains have come up empty in 2010 but the Seagulls’ on-field leader is confident his men can head south and put a fright through the NRRRL favourites in the major semi-final at McGuren Park, Grafton, tomorrow.
And the best consequence of beating Ghosts?
“It would be unreal to get to host the grand final in front of our fans,” Crawford said.
“They follow us everywhere so it would be a just reward.”
Crawford sees simple keys to success this weekend – it’s all about possession.
You can plan for Don Dickson and Anthony Don however you want, but if you can’t hold on to your share of the ball you have no chance.
“They have quality across the park, so rather than focus on who and how we will stop them, we just plan to get our own game right,” he said.
It’s a phrase being rolled out relentlessly in the past few weeks but it rings truest here with the Seagulls trying to be the first team to beat Ghosts this year.
When they last met, Ballina was blown off the park 54-0.
The Seagulls were crippled by injury for that match but Crawford thinks he and his mates might have prepared with the wrong attitude.
“We were almost beaten before we got there,” he said.
“Ghosts were on fire and we were reading about how good they were going and probably didn’t expect to beat them.”
But that won’t be the case this time.
With four wins on the trot and six of their past seven, the Seagulls are flying.
“It’s a different team that we have now,” he said.
“We are really enjoying playing together.
“Eddie Killingbeck had his best game of the year last week and Greg Ryan is really getting the forwards going.”
The match is set to get under way at 2.45pm.
In the lower grade major semis, Northern United take on Byron Bay in reserve grade at 1.15pm; and Ghosts and Ballina play the Under-18s from 11.30am.