Comets Update

Touted as favourites for the Wizard Cup wooden spoon, the Central Comets have shocked the competition by dumping Melbourne Storm feeder club Norths 22-18.

In the club's second win of its last three home games, the Comets blooded a host of rookies against a Devils team containing five current NRL players.

Defying all belief the rank outsiders surged ahead 22-6 at halftime before clinging on in the face of a relentless second half Devils onslaught.

With Kam Wilkinson, Willie Munns and Russell Webber all making their debuts, Anderson said enthusiasm was never going to be a problem. It is consistency that most threatens his inexperienced side.

While Norths travelled to Rockhampton with a similarly youthful side, they did have the likes of Matt Rua, Sam Tagataese, Will Chambers, Scott Anderson and Sika Manu on board.

The Devils were also coming off a win and a draw and looked like they were starting to build towards a late finals charge.

Yet they were ambushed by a nimble and eager opposition, criticised many times in the past for being too big and slow in the centre of the ruck.

"I think the pace of our game probably blew them away a little," Anderson said.

"Our passes stuck and we were quite quick with the ball in hand. Saying that, Norths improved considerably in the second half and they made it hard for us."

As well as cornerstones Wayne Barnett and Guy Williams, Anderson paid particular tribute to his back three of Marty Hatfield, Ray Garrett and Webber, none of them older than 20.

Anderson revealed after the match that he had now settled on a core squad and was unlikely to `mix and match' his team as much over the remaining rounds.

CENTRAL COMETS 22 (Tyron Haynes, Guy Williams, Todd Titmus, Mick Esdale tries; Nat Bowman 3 goals) d NORTHS DEVILS 18 (Anthony Perkins, Jason Poppi, Sam Tagataese tries; Liam Foran 3 goals) at Browne Park.

-Information Night-

Did you know that on the 30th of June, the 17-man Comets side that took to the field consisted of two players over the age of 23, with the average age being 20?

Of these 17 players, 12 were Central Queensland products.

This team won their game against Norths Devils, who sit four places above the Comets on the Queensland Wizard Cup ladder, and whose team included four NRL-experienced players.

This win was evidence to many that the rebuilding process, including looking towards 2008 and beyond, is starting to come together.

Six months into their Three-Year plan, the Central Queensland Comets are providing an insight into the direction of the Club, with a focus on the next two-and-a-half years.

The Comets Director of Football Steve Anderson will be presenting an update on Club developments, particularly in the areas of team identity and culture, community acceptance and performance.

The update will provide an insight into what the Club has been doing behind the scenes to develop professionally and competitively for the future.

A presentation will also be given by Business Development Officer Kylie Wilkings, on the results of research into the history of the Clubs' sponsorship relationships.

This presentation will include a look at changes to be made to sponsorships, and what is to be offered to sponsors of the Club in 2008.

These presentations will form part of the Comets' Sponsorship Information Evening, to be held at the Rockhampton Leagues Club on Wednesday 11 July, starting at 5.30pm.

This free information session is open to anyone interested in the development of Central Queensland's premier Rugby League team.

Please register your attendance with the Comets office on 4922 5388.

-Round 16-

In other Comets news James Munns (Queensland Secondary Schools) and Russell Webber (Australian Affiliated Side) will both participate in the National Secondary Schoolboy Carnival in Townsville this week thus being unavailable for the Comets match against Tweed.

A broken thumb for Marty Hatfield, sustained during his Player's-Player performance on Saturday night, will keep the in-form fullback sidelined for up to six weeks.

This week's 19-man training squad sees the inclusion of young Christian Davies, who has played one game for the Comets this season, and new signing, local product Ben Bromley. Bromley, 20, is the younger brother of former Comets player Rory, and was a member of the Comets U/19 Development Squad in 2005.

Two Sharkies are still there with Ray Garrett selected on the wing and back rower Willie Munns on the bench after debuting for the Comets in their victory over Norths.

The match will be played at Tweed's Piggabeen Complex with kick off at 3pm on Sunday, July 8.

Round 16 Squad:
Junior Auru
Ray Garrett
Tyron Haynes
Steve Farrelly
Christian Davies
Guy Williams
Nat Bowman
Wayne Barnett
Kam Wilkinson
Jeremy Halls
Luke Fatnowna
John Bidgood
Mick Esdale
Ben Bromley
Brent Williams
Todd Titmus
Willie Munns
Mark Suniula
Kristian Mene

*Two to be omitted

Visit for the Coach Report from round 15 with Steve Anderson.


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