Club still investigating drunken incident

TROUBLED Comets players Peter Penaia and Denny Lam- bert have been named to play in the club's first home game of the season on Saturday.

The club is investigating alle- gations Penaia, Lambert and a third player, prop Marty Oborn, were involved in an alcohol-fu- elled incident at a Rockhampton rugby league game on Sunday.

Lambert yesterday retained his halfback position and the co- captain role with Andrew Dale. Penaia was named on the in- terchange bench for the game against Burleigh Bears.

Meanwhile Oborn will learn his fate today after being charged with a high tackle in last weekend's opening round loss to Easts.

Comets chief executive Jamie Boon yesterday said the media would be informed when the club was ready to make a state- ment, but would not say when this was likely to be.

Queensland Rugby League central division manager Rex Zeeman said the division was hopeful the investigation would be finalised by the end of the week.

He confirmed the club provid- ed the division with an interim report on Tuesday, outlining how the investigation had pro- ceded at that stage.

"We would like it to be dealt with as quickly as possible, but at the same time it needs to be investigated properly.

"These need to be balanced. We would rather they get it right than be pushed along.''

In Tuesday's Morning Bulle- tin Brothers Rugby League Club president Jack Kennedy said police were called to Vic- toria Park on Sunday after problems with Comets players.

Witnesses at the game be- tween Brothers and Fitzroy- Gracemere said Lambert, Pen- aia and Oborn were the players involved in the alleged drunken and unruly behaviour.

Mr Kennedy demanded a pub- lic apology and said Comets players, except those who came up through the Brothers' junior ranks, would not be welcome at his club's future games.

The Morning Bulletin has been inundated with related SMS messages.

The Comets lost their first game of the season 32-10 away to Easts.

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