Preparing for grand final
THE Grafton Ghosts might be unstoppable.
We will know a lot more after this weekend.
The undefeated men in blue travel up the Pacific Highway on Sunday to face their sternest test of 2010 against our own boys in blue, Marist Brothers.
It’s one versus two; South versus North; and the best attacking team against the best defensive team.
What’s more, there promises to be three high stakes games back-to-back with the reserves and under-18s also fighting for top-billing.
Sunday’s matches could go a long way towards deciding the club championship.
But for now Brothers have their wills firmly fixed on taking down the NRRRL juggernaut.
But Grafton coach Col Speed insists they won’t catch the Ghosts napping.
“I’d say this match is a mid-year grand-final,” Speed said.
“It is the challenge we have been waiting for and I know that everyone at the club is pumped up for it.”
Speed, who pushes the buttons for the most devastating attack in Northern Rivers football, paid tribute to his counterpart, Rams coach, David Krause.
“I’ve seen enough in the past couple of years to know what to expect from a David Krause-coached side,” he said.
“They will be well-drilled, disciplined and hard to penetrate.
“He knows how to prepare a side.”
Krause is of the belief that the Ghosts’ reputation has beaten a lot of teams before even stepping on to the park.
“That’s probably a fair call,” Speed said.
“But I know Krausey won’t be letting his men get ahead of themselves so it should be a ripper.”
The match is the third of a triple-header at Crozier Field, Lismore, on Sunday.
Gates open before midday with the lower grades set to be as hotly contested as the big match.
In reserve grade, the Ghosts and Rams are tied for second spot on the ladder behind Northern United; Brothers have a 36-point advantage in the for-and-against column.
And in the under-18s, the Grafton side is undefeated on top, with Brothers three wins behind in third spot.