Comets' losing run continues
THE score was a little tighter but unfortunately the outcome was exactly the same as the CQ Comets crashed to a fifth consecutive loss on the weekend.
Comets chief executive Scott Minto said he had not travelled with the team to Cairns, but gained a full breakdown of what happened from coach Wayne Barnett about the match against Northern Pride.
“I believe we were very unlucky to lose,” he said.
“We got the ball over the line three times but were held up.”
The Comets were down by 18-6 at the interval, but dug in to improve in the second spell before eventually losing 26-18.
“It is hard to get a win up there,” Minto said.
While the Comets were without Ben Hunt, who was with the Brisbane Broncos, the Northern Pride was strengthened by the inclusion of winger Ty Williams, who was surplus to requirements with the Cowboys.
Adding to the Comets’ woes was an injury to Matt Minto, their only recognised halfback in the travelling squad.
“We lost him after about 20 minutes with a bad cut and they wouldn’t let him go back on,” Scott Minto said.
“All things considered, I believe the boys played really well.”
Unfortunately, playing really well still gave the Comets no points, and after their bright start to the 2010 campaign they are among the cellar-dwellers.
Minto is certain the Comets’ lowly position is a false one.
“I feel we are building to something good,” he said.
“This is the best side on paper in the history of the club.”
The Comets have next week off before travelling to play Wynnum Manly the following week.
“We will have about five of our players back then,” Minto said.
Dallas Williams is expected to have recovered from his shoulder injury and second-rower Chris Beasley from an eye socket fracture and will be odds-on to be brought back into the line-up.
Guy Ford returns from suspension, while influential forward Alan Rothery missed the trip north for family reasons.
Added to that is the possibility that Hunt might have returned from duty with the Brisbane Broncos.