IN THE LEAD: Grafton Ghosts captain-coach Ryan Farrell has enjoyed the move south into the Group 2 rugby league competition.
IN THE LEAD: Grafton Ghosts captain-coach Ryan Farrell has enjoyed the move south into the Group 2 rugby league competition. Leigh Jensen

Ghosts on top after move to the south

THE grass has been just as green on the other side for the Grafton Ghosts since joining the Group 2 rugby league competition this season.

The Ghosts were a dominant force in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League competition in recent years before deciding to head south in 2014.

A win against the Coffs Harbour Comets at the weekend has put them on top of the ladder.

They have played 10 games in Group 2 with only the one loss against the Comets earlier in the season.

"It's been a pretty smooth transition and we're really happy with how we're going," captain-coach Ryan Farrell said.

"We're probably a bit out of the limelight here and it allows us to concentrate on ourselves."

"There is a lot less travel and we got the longer trips out of the way at the start of the season.

"It's a bit of a two-horse race with us and Coffs at the moment but Sawtell are playing some good footy as well.

"I'd definitely put the Comets right up there with the top (NRRRL) teams."

The South Grafton Rebels also left the NRRRL and have had three wins in the Group 2 competition this year.

Ghosts are currently second on the ladder in reserve grade with South Grafton fifth and equal on nine competition points with Macksville.

The Rebels are second in under-18s while Ghosts are back in 7th after many years of success in the under-18s competition.

"We've had a lot of great under-18s come through who are playing first grade now," Farrell said.

"Numbers have been great at training and we've been pretty lucky with injuries so far too."



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