Amazing Race tests Comets
IT was the Comets “Amazing Race” and for players failing to grasp the clues it all became amazingly long.
Central Queensland Comets coach Wayne Barnett set up the end-of-year challenge for his players, describing the event as a bit of fun.
Players may have thought that meant an easy day out, but they were proved wrong.
“We put about 17 km into their legs,” Barnett reported.
It may have been even more for some of the squad.
Like the television program, teams were handed clues of where their destination was and then set off to perform a task at that location.
Some teams obviously read a little too much into the instruction and that resulted in taking off in the wrong direction from the starting point at Browne Park.
Barnett said the “Pink Team” started the day badly.
“The clue was a place in town where there is over 70,000 litres of water,” Barnett explained.
Most teams reasoned that would be the open-air swimming pool on Rockhampton’s southside.
Not the Pink Team, as they took off up the hill for the water tower.
“They were mainly forwards,” Barnett joked.
“They were behind the eight-ball all day.”
At the pool teams had to collect coins from the off the bottom before setting off to another destination.
During the day teams zigzagged across town, visiting places like the race track, where they had to pull a team-mate in a sulky and Trendy Trash, where the instruction was to find a specific object.
Barnett said his Comets were spared little, even having to complete a Firies Challenge where a dummy was carried by team members up stairs to the top of a tall building.
Another physical challenge took place at the Tenpin Bowling centre before the players finally completed their Amazing Race at Browne Park, where they faced one last challenge for the day.
Barnett was satisfied at the way the event had gone saying support shown by members of the public, who tooted their car horns as the players made one of their many crossings over the Fitzroy River, was an indication of local backing for the team.
The coach is also satisfied with the overall fitness levels of the squad as they prepare for the 2010 season.
“We conducted our final “beep” tests for the year and only six players were below the 12 mark,” he said.
“We are a level up from where we were last year.
“Now the squad is at about at 80% of where we want to be (at the start of the season).”
Fitness coach Larry McDonald has put players through a rigorous pre-season and that will continue when they return to training on January 11 from what Barnett describes as “the fat season”.