Grafton Ghosts emerged as serious contenders in Retravision Northern League with a round-four 20-8 win over premiers Mullumbimby Giants at McGuren Park, Grafton, today.

Ghosts have fallen on lean times over the past few seasons and have struggled to be competitive.

But their off-season recruitment program has worked, and they now share top spot with Byron Bay, who continued their unbeaten run with a 60-10 thumping of Lower Clarence at Red Devil Park, Byron Bay, today.

In this weekend’s round of matches:


  • Evans Head  v  Casino RSM, Stan Payne Oval, Evans Head (reserve grade only):
    Evans Head 22 d Casino RSM 20.
  • Tweed Coast  v  Cudgen, Les Berger Field, Cabarita:
    1st grade: Tweed Coast 46 d Cudgen 10.
    Reserve grade: Cudgen 24 d Tweed Coast 12.
    Under-18: Tweed Coast 22 d Cudgen 4.
  • Byron Bay v Lower Clarence, Red Devil Park, Byron Bay:
    1st grade: Byron Bay 60 d Lower Clarence 10
    Reserve grade: Byron Bay 28 d Lower Clarence 14.
    Under-18: Lower Clarence 28 d Byron Bay 4.
  • Kyogle v Ballina, New Park, Kyogle:
    1st grade: Kyogle 36 d Ballina 16.
    Reserve grade: Ballina 24 d Kyogle 22.
    Under-18: Kyogle 26 d Ballina 24.
  • Grafton Ghosts v Mullumbimby, Frank McGuren Park, Grafton:
    1st grade: Grafton Ghosts 20 d Mullumbimby 8.
     Reserve grade: Mullumibmby 50 d Grafton Ghosts 26.
    Under-18: No match.
  • South Tweed v Murwillumbah, Stan Sercombe Oval, Murwillumbah:
    1st grade: South Tweed 36 d Murwillumbah 26.
    Reserves: No match.
    Under-18: South Tweed 32 d Murwillumbah 18.
  • Marist Brothers v Grafton Rhinos:
    1st grade: Marist Brothers 24 d Grafton Rhinos 22.
    Reserve grade: Marist Brothers 16 d Grafton Rhinos 4.
    Under-18: Marist Brothers 14 d Grafton Rhinos 12.
  • Points: Grafton Ghosts 8, Byron Bay 8, Mullumbimby 6, Tweed Coast 6, Kyogle 6, Marist Brothers 6, South Tweed 5, Casino RSM 3, Grafton Rhinos 2, Lower Clarence 2, Ballina 2, Murwillumbah 0.
  • Round 5:
    Ballina v Grafton Ghosts
    Evans Head v Kyogle
    Mullumbimby v Tweed Coast
    Cudgen v South Tweed
    Murwillumbah v Byron Bay
    Lower Clarence v Marist Brothers
    Grafton Rhinos v Casino RSM.