Central Queensland full of talent
WHEN it comes to football talent Central Queensland has it in bucket loads, Justin Loomans believes.
One of the challenges facing the Comets in their pre-season will be a clash against the CQ Indigenous All Stars and Loomans believes this match will be a beauty.
Loomans is the manager of the Indigenous team which will be coached by Greg Major and David Doyle.
“It will be one of the Comets’ major trial games,” he forecast.
The game is to be played on February 20 and comes in the middle of the scheduled fixtures of Melbourne Storm and Brisbane and then the week after the Indigenous match the Comets face a Titans team.
Having a big match to showcase Indigenous talent is an idea from the top of the sport with the Central Queensland match being played one week before the NRL hold their showpiece fixture.
Loomans is certain the game will provide the best football the code can offer with Indigenous teams renowned for playing a fast, open style of game.
“We are trying to bring it all together with the community and make this an annual game,” he said.
While invitations are in the process of being sent, Loomans said the management of the team were still on the lookout for players.
The squad gets together early in January but Loomans expects the last opportunity to impress for selection will come late in the month when he and fellow selectors will attend the Reconciliation Carnival at the Saleyards grounds.
Players wishing to play in the match against the Comets should attend training on January 5 at the Rockhampton High School ground, starting at 6.30pm.