Comets in play after 35m kick
A FIELD goal from playmaker Nat Bowman has finally got the CQ Comets 2011 Intrust Super Cup season on the move.
Saturday night’s game at Browne Park against Wynnum-Manly was one both teams needed to win and in the end it was all decided by the boot of Bowman who kicked from 35 metres, midway through the second half, to put the Comets ahead 13-12.
Admittedly the home crowd then had to sit on the edge of their seats as Wynnum failed with a penalty from a kickable position and also had a field goal attempt charged down.
However, it was collecting the two points that really mattered and as Comets coach Wayne Barnett rightly said “that gets the monkey off our back”.
After conceding their customary early try, when centre Matt Grieve went over, the Comets got back to level the score through the lively Guy Ford.
BJ Munns had a satisfactory debut but learned that mistakes in the Queensland Cup are punished.
At a play-the-ball, the rangy winger knocked-on to give Manly the scrum feed and two plays later Jake Granville had his arms in the air to celebrate the try.
Late in the first half, at 12-6 down, the Comets were back on the board as back rower Guy Williams powered between two defenders and galloped towards the line before off-loading to the supporting Tavita Latu who scored between the posts.
“This week we were a bit more confident playing against a similar sort of team to us,” Barnett said, “Therefore, the errors were few and far between.”
The coach was very happy with the way full back Jimmy McConachy slotted back into the Comets line-up after just two training sessions and four years away from the higher level of football.
McConachy was solid throughout and Barnett said he had not asked too much of the player just saying he wanted him to play a fullback’s game like he usually does.
“We had a relaxed attitude when we brought him in,” he said.
BJ Munns also came through his debut with a pass mark and Barnett said he likes the youngster’s attitude.
“His display was very encouraging and after the game he told me he just wants to get better,” Barnett said.
The teenager made a crucial error when knocking the ball on as dummy half but never allowed that to affect his game.
“It is a long way to come from local football but he did everything we asked of him,” the coach stated. “He will only get better.”
Next week the Comets have the televised game when they play Easts at Langlands Park.
INTRUST SUPER CUP
CQ Comets 13 (Guy Ford, Tavita Latu tries, Ian Webster 2 conv, Nat Bowman field goal) def Wynnum-Manly 12 (Matt Grieve, Jake Granville tries, Matt Seamark 2 convs.)
Burleigh Bears 20 def Norths 18, Redcliffe 16 def Mackay Cutters 10. Souths Logan 62 def Sunshine Coast 24, Tweed Heads 18 def Easts 12.
This week we were a bit more confident playing against a similar sort of team to us.