Melbourne Storm, Queensland and Australian fullback and crowd favourite Billy Slater.
Melbourne Storm, Queensland and Australian fullback and crowd favourite Billy Slater. COLIN WHELAN

You won't to miss footy feast

YOU  won’t want to miss this feast of footy.

The Central Comets are now gearing up for their 2010 season after the announcement yesterday of their first three pre-season trial games next year, including the Gold Coast Titans.

First up for the Comets will be the Mackay Cutters and the two teams will compete as a curtain-raiser to the Melbourne Storm and the Brisbane Broncos at Browne Park on February 13.

Comets chief executive Scott Minto said it would be an exciting game with the Storm the 2009 NRL premiers.

“It is very exciting. We won all our games against Mackay last time, but it still will be tough,” he said.

The following weekend the Comets will face the Central Queensland Indigenous All Stars team for the first time, but Minto is still prepared.

“That’s an unknown game; they have already started training now and are very serious to knock us off, so we will be up for a tough one,” he said.

“And there will be a lot of indigenous supporters out there backing their team.”

But the best is yet to come.

The Comets will step up to the mark when they face the Gold Coast Titans the following weekend.

The teams went head-to-head this year and balanced out at our nail-biting 26-all draw.

And the Comets want to set the record straight this time.

“It will be tough; the Titans have been there and done that and we are looking forward to that and to put our best forward,” he said.

Minto said the Titans game on the final weekend would show the Comets’ worth at a top level.

“The Titans have NRL players and under-20 players and will be a well-equipped team,” he said.

The Comets started training last weekend and Minto said the recent addition of their own gym had made a vast improvement.

“We have been in the competition for more than 10 years and now we have our own gym where the boys are getting a lot of benefit out of it,” he said.

“The new gym will make a big difference as it is freedom to do exactly what you want to do and obviously you can push players to the limit.”

All games will be played in consecutive weekends starting February 13 at Browne Park. Tickets go on sale in January.



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