The Comets won with just 12 players left on the field.
The Comets won with just 12 players left on the field. Chris Ison

Comets sweat over availability

KAM Wilkinson is the only likely inclusion in the CQ Comets squad for the trip to Ipswich on Friday.

Last weekend's fiery encounter against Tweed Heads did not produce as many disciplinary problems for the Comets as might have been expected, but it has ruled out co-captain Marc Fickling.

The consistent Comets hooker received a two-week suspension after his tackle on Brad Davis.

Comets coach Wayne Barnett said Fickling received 120 points but already had 93 disciplinary points against his name and therefore misses the match against the Jets and first game of the 2011 season.

Little wonder Barnett was happy, as Tim Glasby, Chris Gesch and Mick Esdale were also under threat.

The news was not as good for the Tweed Heads players who jumped from the bench to fuel a melee, with one receiving five weeks and two others getting two weeks apiece for contrary conduct charges.

Barnett said Wilkinson gets named in the squad as a reward for his performance in Sunday's local league grand final.

The remainder of the squad all came through last week's game in good condition and therefore no further changes are expected.

The one exception could be Nick Kenny.

Barnett said he had not named the impressive forward as he wasn't sure whether the Broncos would take him to New Zealand.

With the final game of the 2010 Intrust Super Cup looming, Barnett is happy with squad training.

Ian Webster continues to improve from his shoulder injury and is a questionable inclusion after being named at halfback by Barnett.

The Comets would like to end the disappointing season with a win.

However, Barnett warned the bottom-placed Jets will not be an easy team to roll even though coach Glenn Lazarus has resigned.

Barnett said the team leaves Rockhampton at 10.25am on match day for the kick-off, which is in the evening.

Barnett said the process of signing players is continuing with Webster one player set to return following his commitment to the Welsh national team.



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