Teenage prop aims to grab his chance
By AARON KELLY
BRENDAN Hoskins is only 18 yet the hulking Longreach product will try to make a big impression in his Central Comets debut this weekend.
The Yeppoon under-19 prop is one of several local league players who have answered an SOS call from a depleted Comets camp for tomorrow's final-round Queensland Wizard Cup clash with Tweed Heads at Piggabeen Complex.
Hoskins joins Yeppoon flyer Will Querro, side-stepping winger Aaron Benson and nuggety forward Anthony Munns from the Chargers, along with FitzroyGracemere skipper Jimmy Dockhery, in the Comets line-up.
Comets coach Neale Crow has endured a disastrous final week at the helm, with injuries to halves Adam Geddes and Jade Wogand and the suspension of Andrew Dale and Aoterangi Herangi yesterday.
Crow has asked his players to grab the opportunity and hit the field with plenty of enthusiasm.
Hoskins, who was unlucky to miss selection in this year's Queensland under-19 team, has been training with the Comets and QR Development Squad oncea-week with a chance of getting a game before the season's end.
"That's been my goal to play for the Comets,'' Hoskins said. "I'll just be keeping it simple and trying not to make any mistakes.''
His under-19 coach at Yeppoon, Tony Frisby, rates Hoskins the "best young prop in Central Queensland''.