Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Ghosts Move through; Grafton Rein in Mustangs to Seal Place in Premiership Decider

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Ghosts Move through; Grafton Rein in Mustangs to Seal Place in Premiership Decider

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SATURDAY

MINOR SEMI-FINAL

Played Saturday, at Crozier Field, Lismore

U18s: Cudgen 18 d Murwillumbah 10.

Reserves: Murwillumbah 24 d Marist Brothers 18.

A Grade: Northern United 38 d Evans Head 18.

MAJOR SEMI-FINAL

Played yesterday at Stan Sercombe Oval, Murwillumbah

U18s: Ballina 28 d Grafton Ghosts 18.

Reserves: Cudgen 26 d Byron Bay 24.

A Grade: Grafton Ghosts 18 d Murwillumbah 12.

Draw for preliminary finals to be played Sunday at Stan Sercombe Oval, Murwillumbah

U18s: Grafton Ghosts v Cudgen (11.30am).

Reserves: Byron Bay v Murwillumbah (12.50pm).

A Grade: Murwillumbah v Northern United (2.45pm).

GRAFTON Ghosts' inspirational five-eighth Dan Roberts guided his side to a thrilling 18-12 victory over arch-rivals Murwillumbah Mustangs yesterday.

Roberts' booming left boot proved the difference between the two competition heavyweights at a rain-sodden Stan Sercombe Oval.

The Ghosts looked to have been out-muscled in the first 20 minutes as the giant Mustangs forward pack took the early ascendency.

Down 12-6 at the break the Ghosts lifted in the second term and with a howling breeze at their back dominated field position.

Roberts' decision to kick early in the tackle count proved a winner as the big Mustangs' forwards were continually turned around.

The Ghosts kick-and-chase was also spot on with the Murwillumbah back three struggling to counter attack.

Time and time again the Mustangs threw everything at the Ghosts on-goal defence but it remained solid as the home side quickly ran out of options.

Both sides tackled themselves to a standstill in the wet conditions but it was the Ghosts who remained calm, clawing their way back on the scoreboard.

It took a piece of Aaron Hartmann magic to close the gap after the interval. The classy back-rower found space before delivering a miracle ball to a flying Aaron Taylor. …

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