Way out of their league

Reports By AARON KELLY - aaron.kelly@capnews.com.au

THE CENTRAL Comets hit Townsville's Dairy Farmers Stadium keen to prove a point on Saturday night.

But that enthusiasm immediately turned to self-doubt when North Queensland Young Guns winger Neil Sweeney swooped on a David Myles chargedown to score in the opening minute of their 56-14 round 10 Queensland Wizard Cup victory.

After what the players rated their "best preparation'' for a game this season, the mental demons of a winless season soon crept into their game.

"We started the game very well,'' Comets coach Neale Crow said.

"We'd made 50 metres and then Myles charges down a kick and Sweeney scores ? that's a blow mentally.''

On the back of a 9-2 first-half penalty count disadvantage, the Comets trailed 38-0 at halftime after they were simply outclassed by a Young Guns outfit blessed with NRL talent.

With more than 200 NRL games among them, Myles, fullback Brenton Bowen, halfback Shane Muspratt and sec- ond-rower Daniel Strickland were impressvive.

"That was the biggest difference,'' said North Queensland football manager Peter Parr, who praised Comets captain Mark Henry and lock Herewini Rangi for their efforts.

Comets halfback Adam Geddes (jaw) and winger Tui McKenzie (knee) were the only injury casualties.



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