DREAM TEAM NOMINEES: Grafton Ghosts captain Todd Cameron, South Grafton Rebels former leader Karl Woodley and Lower Clarence Magpies prop Ryan Binge are all up for spots in the front row of the Clarence Valley Dream Team of the Decade.
DREAM TEAM NOMINEES: Grafton Ghosts captain Todd Cameron, South Grafton Rebels former leader Karl Woodley and Lower Clarence Magpies prop Ryan Binge are all up for spots in the front row of the Clarence Valley Dream Team of the Decade.

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RUGBY LEAGUE :This is it.

After five big weeks of voting in The Daily Examiner Clarence Valley Dream Team of the Decade, we're on to the final round.

Saving the biggest players on the field until last, the front rowers are the first line of attack and defence, dishing out huge hit-ups and taking a real beating.

Joining the two props is the hooker, who sets the tempo for the play and can make the difference when given the chance.

Opening the candidates for the Lower Clarence Magpies is resident big man Ryan Binge.

Binge had the size but he really fit the modern mould with agility and smarts thrown in the mix. Had a stint at the Grafton Ghosts as well.

 

NRRRL Lower Clarence Magpies versus the Grafton Ghosts at Maclean Showground were playing for the Terry Randall memorial Shield. Magpies captain Ryan Binge barn storms his way through the Grafton Ghosts during the match. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner
NRRRL Lower Clarence Magpies versus the Grafton Ghosts at Maclean Showground were playing for the Terry Randall memorial Shield. Magpies captain Ryan Binge barn storms his way through the Grafton Ghosts during the match. Photo Debrah Novak / The Daily Examiner

 

Fellow prop Xavier Sullivan may have left the club for the South Grafton Rebels early in the decade but he was a tough-tackling unit who had his opponents shaking in their boots.

 

Magpies Captain Xavier Sullivan ploughs through the defence during the game between the Lower Clarence Magpies and Lismore Marist Brothers at Yamba. Photo: JoJo Newby/The Daily Examiner
Magpies Captain Xavier Sullivan ploughs through the defence during the game between the Lower Clarence Magpies and Lismore Marist Brothers at Yamba. Photo: JoJo Newby/The Daily Examiner

 

Filling in from hooker is Tom Martin, who was known as a great provider and an exceptional defender.

 

Grafton Ghosts v Lower Clarence Magpies at the Frank McGuren Park. Pictured for the Magpies is Tom Martin.
Grafton Ghosts v Lower Clarence Magpies at the Frank McGuren Park. Pictured for the Magpies is Tom Martin.

 

Heading upriver to the South Grafton Rebels, Sullivan finds himself in contention again.

During his time in red, he was always looking to take on the biggest bloke on the field.

Another battle-hardened warrior from the Rebels was Karl Woodley, a hardman through and through that always loved a bit of argy-bargy.

 

Rebels' bulldozer Xavier Sullivan braces for impact during the South Grafton Rebels and Coffs Harbour Comets Group 2 major semi-final at McKittrick Park.
Rebels' bulldozer Xavier Sullivan braces for impact during the South Grafton Rebels and Coffs Harbour Comets Group 2 major semi-final at McKittrick Park.

 

The final spot for the Rebels is arguably filled by the biggest boots.

Rhys Walters didn't tower over his opponents but his guile and heart made him a must-have.

Playing more than 200 first-grade games and with an instrumental role in their back-to-back premierships, Walters was the man in the middle of the decade.

In the blue corner are the Grafton Ghosts and they too have had their fair share of talent over the past 10 years.

 

Rebel Rhys Walters (left) during the Group 2 Rugby League match between the South Grafton Rebels and the Orara Axemen at Coramba Sports Oval on August 6, 2016.
Rebel Rhys Walters (left) during the Group 2 Rugby League match between the South Grafton Rebels and the Orara Axemen at Coramba Sports Oval on August 6, 2016.

 

Adam Slater might be a tradie by profession but he has made hard hits his trade on the field.

Slater's work rate, toughness and longevity make him an underrated piece of a very successful Ghosts outfit.

 

Adam Slater and Todd Cameron at Frank McGurren Field for announcement of Cameron's new role as coach captain of the Grafton Ghosts.
Adam Slater and Todd Cameron at Frank McGurren Field for announcement of Cameron's new role as coach captain of the Grafton Ghosts.

 

Popping up again, Binge had a successful spell in Grafton, where he thrived off big hits in a hardworking pack.

 

Grafton Ghosts Ryan Binge charges for the tryline in the Group 2 grand final at Frank McGuren FieldPhoto Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner
Grafton Ghosts Ryan Binge charges for the tryline in the Group 2 grand final at Frank McGuren FieldPhoto Adam Hourigan / The Daily Examiner

 

Grafton's newest captain Todd Cameron has been a mainstay in the side as a dynamic play-making hooker.

Now the final decision is in your hands.

Cast your votes in the two polls below.

Who should fill the two prop positions in the Clarence Valley Team of the Decade?

This poll ended on 03 July 2020.

Current Results

Ryan Binge, Lower Clarence Magpies and Grafton Ghosts

32%

Xavier Sullivan, Lower Clarence Magpies and South Grafton Rebels

42%

Karl Woodley, South Grafton Rebels

5%

Adam Slater, Grafton Ghosts

20%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.

Who should play hooker in the Clarence Dream Team of the Decade?

This poll ended on 03 July 2020.

Current Results

Tom Martin, Lower Clarence Magpies

23%

Rhys Walters, South Grafton Rebels

26%

Todd Cameron, Grafton Ghosts

50%

This is not a scientific poll. The results reflect only the opinions of those who chose to participate.



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