Ready for battle
The CQ Comets will be playing for pride when they battle top-of-the-table South Logan in their round 20 clash at Marley Brown Oval tomorrow night.
It will be the Comets’ first Gladstone-based game in four years and coach Wayne Barnett said his side was looking forward to the occasion.
“The support we’ve had from Gladstone in the lead-up has been fantastic; it’s good that we’re becoming more of a Central Queensland team rather than just a Rockhampton side,” he said.
The second last-placed Comets will be without Brisbane Broncos Ben Hunt (first-grade duties) and Nick Kenny (injured), which Barnett says is unfortunate but far from disastrous.
“We always prepare not to have these players and if we get them back obviously it’s just a bonus,” he said.
In stark contrast, the Magpies will field several players contracted with the Canberra Raiders NRL franchise, including: Reece Robinson, Marc Herbert, Mick Picker, Glen Buttriss and James Stuart.
The Comets have had to contend with a comparatively small roster of NRL players all season, which for Barnett is a bitter sweet scenario. “They’re players that have proven themselves at a higher level and they’re players a lot of teams rely on; it’s always something that you’ve got in the back of your mind but it just makes it more pleasing when you do beat teams and you play good footy knowing that you do it with all your local talent,” he said.
Despite being at the opposite end of the table, the Magpies are still approaching the wounded Comets with caution according to coach Mark Beaumont.
The match is scheduled to kick off at 7pm.