Comets take heart

THE  win by Sunshine Coast in last Saturday's Queensland Cup final is an indicator of just how close the Central Queensland Comets came to a major triumph.

The Sunshine Coast Sea Eagles beat the Northern Pride 32-18 at Stockland Park, Kawana on Saturday in front of a sizeable crowd.

That may have been a convincing win by the Sea Eagles, but home supporters are only too aware that Sunshine Coast needed results to go in its favour after suffering defeat at Rockhampton in the first match of the finals series.

Comets coach Wayne Barnett is certainly aware of how close his team was to glory.

“Yes, they came here two weeks before the final and we beat them,” Barnett mused.

Following the televised game, Barnett said he received numerous calls from his players as if realising that they had nearly completed the task of lifting the trophy.

Barnett said it was not something he would use to motivate the 2010 Comets as the players knew just how close they had come.

Despite the Comets beating the Sea Eagles and yet having to watch as they regrouped to win the Queensland Cup, Barnett still thinks the Sunshine Coast was good value for the triumph.

“In the second round they were the best side,” he said.

“The first round it was South Logan, but Sunshine Coast came home with a wet sail.”

The Coast's Manly connection certainly assisted, but Barnett just looks at that as being a part of the competition as Comets certainly saw its link with the Broncos provide benefits.

Although on the losing side, Blackwater's Tom Humble again got points on the board for Northern Pride, scoring a try and kicking three goals.

However, the game belonged to the Sea Eagles as it was rarely challenged, leading throughout much of the contest.

For the Sunshine Coast Shane Neumann had a good final as he managed a hat-trick of tries.

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