Comets coach assesses squad
THE Central Comets mean business in 2006.
While most of us were still snuggled up in bed at 6am yesterday, Rockhampton's Browne Park was a hive of activity.
Comets coach Matt Parish was putting the finishing touches to his team's pre-season ahead of tonight's opening trial in Gladstone.
The Comets tackle the Gladstone Raiders representative side before they travel to Springsure tomorrow night to play a combined Central Highlands outfit.
Parish said it was full steam ahead for his squad in the lead-up to the side's Queensland Cup season opener against Easts in Brisbane on March 11.
"This morning and Wednesday night was the first time we've trained as a team,'' Parish said yesterday.
"Everything has been going good and I'm looking forward to seeing them play.''
With the Comets set to host last year's NRL finalists Manly at Browne Park tomorrow week, players are vying for spots over the next two days.
Parish has granted his squad a "licence to impress''.
"They're all starting off scratch for me,'' he said.
"You have to score tries to win games, but at the same time you've got to defend them ? I don't want to put too many restrictions on them.''
Central's bumper pre-season program continues at Browne Park on February 18 against Cronulla before they face Queensland Cup premiers North Queensland in Mackay on February 25.
Tonight's game kicks-off at 8 and tomorrow night's from 7.