Barnett expects aggression
JIMMY McConachy is not new to Queensland Cup football but he could be excused for not knowing the names of all the players in the current CQ Comets squad.
The Rockhampton Brothers fullback has been drafted into the Comets this week as coach Wayne Barnett seeks to end the team’s horror start to the 2011 Intrust Super Cup season.
“It will be my second training session with the team tonight,” he told The Morning Bulletin yesterday.
McConachy had three seasons at the Comets until injury and work commitments forced him away.
However, he returned to play in the local competition this season and made an immediate impact.
“I started the season at Brothers and they are pretty dominant,” he said.
After having reconstructions on both knees and spending a lot of time with his job at the mines McConachy had not been planning on a return to the Comets team.
“Wayne phoned me up and asked if I wanted a game,” he said.
Although in good form in the local club competition, McConachy is aware that it will be a different sort of game against Wynnum Manly this evening.
“You have got to be on your game,” he said.
“It is a bit quicker and in local league you are against some players who have not played at that level before.”
McConachy said in the local competition there are weaknesses in teams which can be exploited.
There is not that sort of luxury when you play against teams from the state competition.
Barnett expects McConachy to show aggression when running the ball out of defence and give the Comets an opportunity to make more metres early in the tackle count and, of course, link with his forwards in attacking moves to give himself the chance of putting points on the board.
So how does the fullback see the Comets going tonight?
“I always expect to win games,” he replied.
Barnett will be hoping McConachy’s attitude is infectious as the Comets need to beat a Wynnum Manly Seagulls side that has a similar no-wins record for the 2011 season.
However, under coach Paul Green the Wynnum side cannot be discounted with Barnett again predicting it will be the team that is the most desperate that will take the win.
“They play pretty much the same way as us,” he said.
The coach expects the Seagulls to base their tactics around halfback Reece Blayney’s kicking game and has made his players aware of him using long kicks to gain ground.
Nathan Barraclough misses the match as he is getting married today and that means Ian Webster and Nat Bowman link in the halves which should provide an exciting attacking prospect for the Comets.