Grafton Ghosts tame the Woolgoolga Seahorses
MONDAY: ONE game into a three-week test of just how competitive the Woolgoolga Seahorses are in 2019, and the club is seeing plenty of positives.
In front of a good-sized home crowd on Sunday the Seahorses, who sat out the season in 2018, fell to Group 2 powerhouse the Grafton Ghosts 48-12.
Despite the scoreline coach Greg Shuttleworth said he saw some great areas of improvement.
"There were periods there where we were highly competitive, but with that said we went from very good to very poor too quickly," he said.
"We are looking to bridge that gap and strive for more consistency that's what we have talked about.
"We are also still building on the players coming to the club. In the end the Ghosts were basically too good for us, but there was some really good stuff in periods there.
He singled out backrower Mitch Dockery, prop Sukhpal Mahli and utility Michael Curnow for praise.
"I thought Shayde Perham was also strong in defence in the centres, AJ Gilbert made an impact and Clark Webb changed the structure when he came on.
"The hard part from a coach's point of view is that we are yet to field the same team on consecutive weeks.
Sunday saw the debut of new Tongan import Bruce Ikamanu, who has added starch to the front row.
The Seahorses will need the roll-on up front, facing another tough home game against the Coffs Harbour Comets this weekend.
"We are facing a testing three week run with the former premiers (Ghosts), premiers (Coffs Harbour Comets) and than the runners-up (Macksville away)," Shuttleworth said.
"This will really prove where we are at this season.
"The goal is realistic this season to finish as high as we can, but in terms of the club we have some good structures in place and we are working hard to get the club sound financially and the sponsorship is helping in that regard.
"The town's support has been great and the crowd on Sunday showed that."
SUNDAY: THE Grafton Ghosts have flexed their muscles in Group 2 rugby league, easily accounting for the Woolgoolga Seahorses in this afternoon's first grade match on the northern beaches.
The Ghosts piled on the points to run out to a 26-6 lead, before the homeside rallied with consecutive seats of six in the Ghosts' half just before half-time.
But the revival was short lived with the experience, strength and depth of roster for Grafton shining through in the second.
The Ghosts putting together a convincing half of football to shut out any hope of a Seahorse's comeback.
The Ghosts running out 48-12 winners.
With their senior side having returned to the league, after a season on the sidelines, the Seahorses committee couldn't have been happier with the attendance at this afternoon's match, showing Sunday footy is a winner in Woopi.
Here's images from this afternoon's match. Full match report in print.