HOME AGAIN: Comets Matt Minto is back in Rockhampton after playing Toyota Cup at the Bulldogs last year. INSET: Guy Williams is the other half of the Comets pairing in the halves for tonight’s game against the Titans.
HOME AGAIN: Comets Matt Minto is back in Rockhampton after playing Toyota Cup at the Bulldogs last year. INSET: Guy Williams is the other half of the Comets pairing in the halves for tonight’s game against the Titans. Allan Reinikka AR-- And AR--

Minto surprised with intensity

RUGBY LEAGUE: Matt Minto may have returned to the Central Queensland Comets but he sees the club as a totally different outfit to the one he left.

One of the driving forces behind the Comets recent success has been the young halfback’s uncle Scott Minto, not that the pair can claim to have played much football together.

“The year I made my debut, he retired,” the former St Brendan’s student said.

Even though it is less than four years since Minto debuted for the Comets he admits to being surprised with what he found upon his return.

“I was shocked when I came back. It is a lot more professional from when I played as a 17 year old,” he said.

Now Minto can look forward to renewing his partnership with former team mate Ben Hunt, but that is not about to happen right away as Hunt is still required by the Broncos.

Minto is still contracted to the Bulldogs and like any talented young footballer dreams of making an impact with the NRL team.

However, for this season he has put those plans on hold for family reasons and looks forward to making a strong showing in the Comets Queensland Cup team.

Last season Minto was a part of the Bulldogs Toyota Cup squad and consequently knows most of the players in the Titans team he will face today.

He does see a difference between Toyota Cup and Queensland Cup.

“The Toyota Cup is quicker but the Queensland Cup is tougher,” he assessed.

Minto believes the Titans will provide the Comets with the kind of workout they need with the Queensland Cup season approaching, and also give supporters something to think about.

Although Minto has been partnered in the halves with Guy Williams who usually plays at lock, that should not be a problem as Williams is one of those adaptable footballers who displays his skills wherever he is played.

Coach Wayne Barnett has made one change from the team announced earlier in the week with Gerald Parle replacing George Jarrett on the interchange.

Jarrett will play in the curtain raiser for Fitzroys to gain more game time.

When the Comets and the Titans hit the field tonight they will also wear yellow armbands to raise awareness and money for men’s cancer research.

Kick off is at 8pm and the curtain raiser between Fitzroy and Tannum Sands begins at 6pm.

The teams

Central Comets: Jade Williams, Junior Auru, Karl Johnson, Josh Bishop, Dallas Williams, Guy Williams, Matt Minto, Alan Rothery, Ian Webster, Aaron Summers, Tyron Haynes, Chris Beasley, Guy Ford. Interchange: Marc Fickling, Darren Mapp, Tim Glasby, Nathan Barraclough, Mick Esdale, Gerald Parle. Coach: Wayne Barnett.

The Titans

1 Tom Merritt, 2 Matthew Hundy, 3 Sione Akauola, 4 Guy Borgas, 5 Jamie Dowling, 6 Jordan Rankin, 7 Rhys Jacks, 8 Sepoluni Alovili, 9 Matthew Srama, 10 Luke Page, 11 Dominic Walsh, 12 Ryan James, 13 Jack Bruton, 14 Chris Bloomfield, 15 Sam Ross, 16 Tim James, 17 Brody Ollard, 18 Ryan Tongia, 19 Cody Walker, 20 Sam Saville.

Staff: Rod Patison, Peter Smith, Colin Hooker, Peter Gill, Danny Burgess, Don Saunders.



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