Comets' Haynes is the best
IMPRESSING the coaching staff is one thing, but Tyron Haynes went one better than that - he also impressed his team mates.
It was the best season the Central Queensland Comets has enjoyed and Haynes played a big part in that.
On Friday night, at the Rockhampton Leagues Club, he received his reward when named the team's Most Valuable Player and the Players Player for the 2009 season.
Comets coach Wayne Barnett said the MVP was assessed by the coaching staff with points awarded after every match.
“It is picked over 22 weeks with three points awarded to the best,” Barnett said.
“The biggest thing for me was Tyron put his hand up to play out of position.”
Barnett said Haynes' preferred position is in the second-row but when the team needed a centre he was the player to take on the role.
What also impressed Barnett was Haynes' decision almost certainly ended the player's chances of gaining representative honours with the Queensland Country team.
While Haynes deserved the honour, Barnett said it was not a clearcut victory as the MVP was only decided in the final week when Haynes out-scored forward Aaron Summers.
Another popular winner on the night was Dallas Williams who was named the best back.
“I call him the rock of the backline,” Barnett said.
Summers may have just missed out on the MVP but he did take home an award when named the best Comets forward of 2009.
While the players take their break, Barnett said the work continued for coaching staff and management with the recruitment of players as the Comets aim to go one step further in 2010.
Barnett said the club is also improving its training facilities with temporary gymnasium accommodation being provided at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.
Eventually the Comets will have its own gymnasium at Cambridge Street but it will be the best part of a year before that is completed.