Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Joe Has High Hopes for Ghosts in the Big Finale Joe Big Fan of Ghosts

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Joe Has High Hopes for Ghosts in the Big Finale Joe Big Fan of Ghosts

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Byline: = sport@dailyexaminer.com.au

Ghosts Golden generation

Carson Galloway a Mick played in Ghosts grand finals in 1977 and 1984.

Aaron Hartmann a Andrew, a Ghosts junior, played for the 1980 Rebels grand final side.

Daniel Lollback a Grandfather Max played in the 1963 grand final and father Eric in the 1984 and 1991 grand finals.

Daniel Roberts a Tony played first grade for the Ghosts.

Ryan Farrell a Steve played in the 1980 grand final for the Rebels.

Nat Sewell a Jeff played in the Rebels 1979 grand final side

Grant Stevens a Kevin a[approximately]Stumpy' Stevens played in the 1975 grand final with Eastern Suburbs and 1981 with Parramatta.

Don Dickson a Tony played in the Ghosts 1977 and 1984 grand finals.

Ryan Danvers a Steve played in the 1980 grand final for the Rebels.

JOE Kinnane is a walking encyclopaedia when it comes to the Grafton Ghosts.

The Ghosts' life member and avid rugby league fan has been involved with the club for almost four decades and on Sunday will be there to witness the first grade and under-18 sides strive for glory.

Kinnane has seen many great Ghosts sides including the famous 1991 team, and although reluctant to compare sides the Ghosts' historian says the current Ghosts' line-up is up there with the best.

"I rate the current side very highly, but it's difficult to compare teams," Kinnane says.

"They're certainly up there with some of the best teams of the past.

"But I suppose this side is on the verge of making history. No other Ghosts' side has gone through a season undefeated," he said.

Sifting through his scrapbook Kinnane's face lights up as he reminisces over past teams and players who have worn the famous blue and white.

"The 1991 team was very good. I'd pay a lot of money to see them play the current side," he says.

"They had some handy players in '91, Lindsay Bowne, Steve Hoppe, Rip Taylor, Michael Wicks and also Eric Lollback and Bobby Chapman. …

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