Luke Crumblin and Luke Guinane prepare for the 2010 Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga Cups.
Luke Crumblin and Luke Guinane prepare for the 2010 Cyril Connell and Mal Meninga Cups. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Junior Comets ready for lift-off

RUGBY LEAGUE: Rugby League is not an easy career path, but these two young guns are certainly on the right track to one day play for the open Central Comets team in the Queensland Cup.

But for now Luke Guinane and Luke Crumblin prepare to storm up the under-16 Cyril Connell and the under-18 Mal Meninga Cups, with the draws released this week.

For Guinane 2010 will be his first year playing for Rockhampton’s prided team and even though he is only 15 he said playing professional football was all he wanted to do and he was proud to be selected for the under-16 Comets.

The young footballer, who originally played for Rockhampton Brothers, said the training sessions so far had been intense with his first five day training camp coming up this month.

However Crumblin, 18, made himself known in last year’s under-16 Comets and eased his way in for the under-18 team this year.

Scott Minto, chief executive officer of the Central Comets, said although the juniors were still young it was serious business and this was where their careers began.

“It is basically a junior Queensland Cup,” Minto said yesterday.

“This is the way we are trying to nurture our players in our system, we want them to stay with us the whole way through – you don’t always get a shot down south and they are better off staying here and develop their talent,” Minto said.

“The under-18 side are now pushing to get into our full time training squad, at the moment we have Luke Crumblin and Sam Madden.”

And although the boys are in for a tough year of footy, Minto said the teams were up for the challenge with strong players in the under-16 team.

The under-16 and under-18 competitions this year are again split into southern and northern conferences with the Central Comets to face the Northern Pride in their first game.

“The Norths knocked us out of the semi finals last year and have good players up that way,” Minto said.

“Townsville Stingers are very strong and are in the Northern conference and the kids who play with that team sign with the Cowboys so they are good,” he said.

The Central Comets under-16 and under-18 first home game will be against the Northern Pride on March 6.



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