Jade finds he is the best man for the job
JADE Wogand is not the fastest player at the Central Comets, but the popular dummy-half will need his running shoes on today as rugby league and wedding bells cross paths.
Wogand is preparing to make a "mad dash'' to Browne Park tonight for the Comets' round six Queensland Wizard Cup clash against the Souths Logan Magpies.
At 4.30pm this afternoon, Wogand is on best man duties for his cousin, Harley Wogand, in Yeppoon.
After he passes over the ring and wedding photos are snapped, Wogand will race back to Rockhampton for the Comets' crunch game against the Magpies, which kicks-off at 7.30pm, before returning to the beach for the reception.
Highlighting the importance of tonight's game for the Comets, Wogand said it was one of the toughest decisions he had ever made but was grateful for his cousin's understanding.
"It's going to be a tough game ? they always come up here and seem to lift against us,'' Wogand said of the Magpies, who are aiming for their first hat-trick of wins since 1996.
The Comets are unbeaten at Browne Park this season and if the home side can continue their winning run it will mean more celebrations for Wogand, who turns 26 tomorrow.
After a wretched run with injuries last season, Wogand said he was just happy to be back on the field.
"I broke my ribs in the early rounds and was out for seven weeks,'' said Wogand, who brought up 200 points for the Comets in their groundbreaking round two win over Burleigh.
"In my second game back I did my AC joint in my right shoulder and played only six games all up ? it was real frustrating.''
Wogand credits coach Matt Parish and some hard work in the gym during the off-season for his powerful start to 2006.
"My goal is to play every game this year and help get the team to the semis,'' Wogand said.
The Comets are set to welcome back Junior Kangaroo Tyron Haynes from a neck injury for tonight's match but a final decision will not be made until kick-off.
Comets chief executive John Quinn yesterday called for Central Queensland footy fans to get behind their team this weekend.
"The boys are very fired up to retain their unbeaten home ground record,'' Quinn said.