YES! The Grafton Ghosts surround Matt Muller after he kicked the winning penalty goal in golden point extra time to win the 1st grade Group 2 grand final against Coffs Comets.
YES! The Grafton Ghosts surround Matt Muller after he kicked the winning penalty goal in golden point extra time to win the 1st grade Group 2 grand final against Coffs Comets. Adam Hourigan

Ghosts glory with extra time penalty

THEY did it the hard way, but the Grafton Ghosts are the Group 2 premiers.

The Ghosts led 16-6 for most of the game before a late Coffs Comets fightback threatened to steal victory, only for Coffs halfback Nathan Curry's boot to send the ball the wrong side of the posts.

Despite a late flurry of attacking chances, the scores were locked at the full-time siren.

Possession and field position went both ways before the match official blew a penalty in the Ghosts favour about 45m from the posts.

Ghosts captain-coach Ryan Farrell asked centre Matt Muller if he had the distance.

"He said 's**t yeah', so I gave him the shot," Farrell said.

Group 2 Grand Final - Ghosts 18 Comets 16: Grafton Ghosts captain-coach Ryan Farrell reflects on his side's 18-16 extra time victory over Coffs Harbour Comets in the Tooheys New Group 2 First Grade grand final at McGuren Field in Grafton on Sunday, August 24.
Group 2 Grand Final - Ghosts 18 Comets 16: Grafton Ghosts captain-coach Ryan Farrell reflects on his side's 18-16 extra time victory over Coffs Harbour Comets in the Tooheys New Group 2 First Grade grand final at McGuren Field in Grafton on Sunday, August 24.

What makes Farrell's trust in his sharpshooter all the more special is Muller had converted only two of his four previous attempts.

Muller struck it wonderfully, splitting the posts in two before the Grafton crowd erupted.

"I wasn't kicking too flash," Muller said.

"As soon as I kicked it, I knew it was going over.

"I'm still shaking, I've got goosebumps - this is amazing."

The penalty sealed an 18-16 premiership win for the Ghosts, in what is their first year in Group 2. It also put an exclamation point on the day for Grafton after reserve grade's success.

Group 2 Rugby League grand final - half time report: Grafton Ghosts led Coffs Harbour Comets 16-6 at half-time of the 2014 Tooheys New Group 2 Rugby League First Grade grand final at McGuren Field on Sunday, August 24. The Daily Examiner caught up with Group 2 president Warren Gilkinson to get his take on the first 40 minutes of the season decider. Ghosts later went on to win 18-16 in extra time courtesy of a long range penalty goal from Matt Muller.
Group 2 Rugby League grand final - half time report: Grafton Ghosts led Coffs Harbour Comets 16-6 at half-time of the 2014 Tooheys New Group 2 Rugby League First Grade grand final at McGuren Field on Sunday, August 24. The Daily Examiner caught up with Group 2 president Warren Gilkinson to get his take on the first 40 minutes of the season decider. Ghosts later went on to win 18-16 in extra time courtesy of a long range penalty goal from Matt Muller.

RESULTS

First grade:

Grafton Ghosts 18 def Coffs Comets 16

Reserve grade:

Grafton Ghosts 30 def Coffs Comets 10

U18s:

South Grafton Rebels 36 def Sawtell Panthers 4