Comets reject ruling that costs player



THE CENTRAL Comets may be forced to tackle the Toowoomba Clydesdales with just 16 players this weekend due to a ruling coach Matt Parish describes as "wrong''.

Parish is yet to name a replacement for suspended forward Wayne Barnett, who was banned for three games yesterday after taking the early plea for his grade three dangerous throw in last Saturday's game against Wynnum Manly.

With injured forwards Tyron Haynes (neck) and Ryan Peters (shoulder) still a couple of weeks away, Parish wants to reward a local league player with a Queensland Cup start but the "best 10 players'' in the selection mix have already been picked in the Central Queensland Capras side for next month's State titles on the Sunshine Coast.

"At this stage we're going down with 16 players,'' Parish said.

A recent QRL board meeting in Brisbane ruled players that have played Queensland Cup this season were ineligible for selection in an inaugural Queensland Rangers side to tour New Zealand later this year.

QRL Central Division manager Rex Zeeman said the QRL had tried to get a balance and give "grassroots footballers'' an opportunity to further represent.

However, the ruling has left Parish and players in line for Comets selection in a tough situation.

"You want to pick the best team possible and at the end of the day there is a rule in place which is wrong,'' Parish said.



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