Highlands foes join forces

By AARON KELLY ? EMERALD'S Adam Geddes and Tieri's Mitch Wyatte grew up playing against each other on the Central Highlands.

Tomorrow, the rising local talents will join forces in the halves for the Central Comets in their tough round-nine Queensland Wizard Cup assignment against Redcliffe at Dolphin Oval.

Geddes, 20, and Wyatte, 19, represent the future of the Comets and will bring some much-needed enthusiasm to an under-fire team.

With the surprise mid-week departure of fellow young gun Guy Williams, who has returned to Sydney to play for The Entrance in the Jim Beam Cup, the Central Highlands products face a baptism of fire taking on the Queensland Cup's No.1 halves combination ? Shane Perry and Michael Roberts.

"It's good we've been given a go,'' said a confident Geddes, who scored an impressive six second-half tries for Rockhampton Brothers in the CQ Extended League last weekend.

"We organise and work well when we've played together.''

Only last year, Geddes and Wyatte played alongside each other for the CQ Capras under-19s and join teammates from that team Mick Esdale and Trent McKinlay in this weekend's Comets line-up.

Comets coach Neale Crow was yesterday reluctant to talk up his young halves pairing, but admitted they would be ready for the challenge against the competition's premier combination.

"They just need to play enthusiastic good footy,'' Crow said. "It's a game that we just have to have the attitude of leaving nothing in the bag.''

The injection of youth has forced Comets captain Mark Henry to fullback, with Ron Craig moving to the wing.

Comets: 1 Mark Henry (c), 2 Trent McKinlay, 3 Matt Hill, 4 Dallas Williams, 5 Ron Craig, 6 Mitch Wyatte, 7 Adam Geddes, 8 Kurt Cawdron, 9 Mick Esdale, 10 Kane Hardy, 11 Todd Brandon, 12 Grant Broadhurst, 13 Herewini Rangi. Interchange: 14 Toby Wallace, 15 Fili Sofa, 16 John Bidgood, 17 Tui McKenzie. Coach: Neale Crow.

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