Comets' Luke Dyer likes speed when he's on the park and also when he races his greyhounds.
Comets' Luke Dyer likes speed when he's on the park and also when he races his greyhounds. Sharyn O'Neill

Dish Dyer digs dogs and footy

WHEN someone has the nickname “Dish” you have to ask the question why.

Comets star Luke Dyer carries the name and it has stuck with him since he was playing his football in England.

Dyer began his career with Penrith but decided to move on.

“There were so many great players including four or five who had played for Australia,” he said.

Seeing his chances were limited he realised an option would be in England.

As his mother was a British citizen he gained a passport and made the move to Castleford and then Hull before moving on to the Crusaders where he teamed up with Darren Mapp, Chris Beasley and Ian Webster.

Dyer said it was during that five year stint in England he gained the nickname while carrying out a promotion at a Bingo Hall.

The event was being covered by media and when the hall’s rather effeminate announcer described Dyer as a “bit of a dish” it was too good an opportunity for the media to miss.

The Comets winger said he enjoyed playing in England and especially at Hull.

“It was the first time I ever played and could not hear teammates because of the crowd,” he said.

However, the birth of a child forced the decision on Dyer and his wife to return to Australia and be closer to family.

Being a carpenter he found there was plenty of work in Central Queensland and consequently he joined the Comets.

Picked first as a centre, Dyer said his move to the wing suits him especially as Mitchell Zornig is doing such a good job.

There are only two things that have disappointed Dyer since arriving in Rockhampton.

Firstly, the start made by the Comets with the team losing its four opening games.

“We have a good team, we just have to learn to play together,” he said.

“We’ve just made a lot of silly errors.”

The other disappointing feature is leaving his greyhounds behind in Sydney.

Dyer said he has two greyhounds with one running second the other night.

Now he is looking to bring a young dog to Rockhampton to race once the meetings are TAB.

He said his love of the dogs has nothing to with gambling.

“I just enjoy watching, I like following them,” he said.

“I think Wednesdays will be my greyhound night.”

Coach Wayne Barnett is not taking the Mackay Cutters lightly even though they are without injured playmaker Grant Rovelli as there is still a lot of quality including Dyer’s former Crusaders teammate Neil Budworth.

He said the Cutters record of two wins and two losses is reasonable and expects them to be far better than the trial match.

The Comets will miss Brent Williams due to injury.

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