Comets win at Blackwater

By AARON KELLY

THE CENTRAL Comets' team song was in full swing along the Capricorn Highway after finally producing their first win of the Queensland Wizard Cup at Blackwater's Hinricks Oval on Saturday.

The Comets opened their winning account for 2005 with a thrilling 40-30 win over Souths Logan.

After 18 rounds and some near misses, the result was a combination of relief and joy for Comets coach Neale Crow.

"It was a long time coming, the team song got belted out a few times on the way back,'' Crow said.

"Being a one-town team you do carry a weight of expectation, so it was good to finally get over the line.''

The Comets raced to an early 16-0 lead before Souths Logan hit-back to trail 16-10 at halftime.

In a see-sawing match, intercept king Paul Albury was again the hero, with the Comets winger scoring a matchsealing try in the dying minutes.

Crow likened Albury's efforts to Queensland dynamo Matt Bowen's golden point play in this year's State of Origin series.

He also praised pint-sized prop Mick Esdale while Fili Sofa pulled off some big hits in defence.

Crow said the focus was on finishing the season on a strong note and avoiding the wooden spoon.

The Comets, now three points behind Souths Logan on the ladder, play their next three games at home, starting with Redcliffe on Saturday night.

Round 19 (July 30/31) ? Saturday: Toowoomba v Burleigh (Clive Berghofer Stadium), Central v Redcliffe (Browne Park).

Sunday: Tweed Heads v North Qld (Piggabeen Complex), Wynnum v Ipswich (Kougari Oval), Norths v Easts (Bishop Park), Souths Logan bye.



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