Norths too strong
YOU might think the CQ Comets 34-0 loss to the Norths Devils at Browne Park would signify a team in despair, but captain Guy Williams said there was a number of positives.
“I don't think we are too far away (from getting a win),” he said.
It would certainly be hard to point the finger at any individual and say he was to blame, instead it was a case of the Comets not playing for the full 80 minutes with errors and lapses in concentration assisting the visitors.
Also, it could all have been very different.
After just five minutes Norths' Daniel Ogden ran through a hole to score with Luke Samoa adding the extras.
For most of the next 30 minutes of the first half the Comets enjoyed territorial advantage without really threatening to break the Norths defensive line.
The Comets went into the game with two of its most creative players Ian Webster and Nat Bowman sidelined with injury, early in the match Jonathon Tavinor joined them with what appeared to be a serious ankle injury.
The introduction of Brett Williams was a boost for the Comets as he was tenacious in the tackle and keen to run hard at the Norths defensive line.
“If we had scored early it might have been a different story,” Guy Williams said.
It didn't happen with Guy Williams coming closest after a 40-metre line break before being hauled down 10 metres from the line.
Soft tries to Ogden and Matt Smith in the final three minutes of the first half saw the score balloon to 16-0 at the break and with it any realistic chance of recovery.
For the Comets Brett Williams was a stand out while Guy Williams didn't let himself down in his 100th game for the club and Mick Esdale and Tyron Haynes played solidly throughout.
However, it was in thelack area of creativity where the Comets were again exposed with the team regularly playing through their sets of six in mechanical fashion before giving the ball back to Norths with a regulation kick.