No, not the wooden spoon

By AARON KELLY ? A REJUVENTATED Ron Craig has issued a challenge to his Central Comets' team-mates ? start competing for 80 minutes or the losing run will continue this weekend.

It may only be round eight in this year's Queensland Cup, but the wooden spoon is on the line tomorrow night when the Comets take on fellow strugglers Souths Logan at Rockhampton's Browne Park.

Both teams have failed to win a game yet this season and look destined to fight it out for the wooden spoon.

Craig said the club was desperate to chalk up their first win against the bottom-placed Magpies.

"We need to compete for the entire 80 minutes,'' Craig said. "That's what we've talked about and we need to take that momentum from last week's second half (against Burleigh) into this weekend's game.

"Hopefully, we turned the corner in that 40 minutes.''

The 28-year-old fullback said he was finally starting to feel at home in the No.1 jersey for the Comets after making his Queensland Cup comeback in round five against Norths.

"I'm just starting to feel a bit more comfortable back there,'' said Craig, who has also assumed the goal-kicking duties since his return.

Under fire Comets coach Neale Crow is desperate to record the first win of 2005 to ease the pressure from some of the club's enraged fans.

Crow said his team must lay the foundations for victory with a solid defensive effort tomorrow night.

"We're still working on defending strongly for 80 minutes,'' Crow said.

"It's an ideal opportunity (to win) ? both teams are desperate.



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