Ben Faulkner returns to Rockhampton.
Ben Faulkner returns to Rockhampton. Sharyn O’Neill

Williams to mark 100 Comets games

WHAT better way for Guy Williams to celebrate game number 100 for the CQ Comets than to lead the team on to the park with brothers Dallas and Brent also members of the playing group.

Over the years Williams has been a cornerstone of the Comets club, both in good times and also in bad.

Coach Wayne Barnett is in no doubt about the contribution of Williams, who, first and foremost, plays his football for the team. “It is a fantastic achievement for Guy, he said.

Barnett said if pictures of Comets' greats over the past decade were to be put on a wall then both Guy and Dallas would feature.

While Williams has been a regular selection in all the teams Barnett has coached he has also played in the same side as him which makes him totally aware of his contribution.

“I'm really happy for him and I hope we can make it memorable for all the right reasons,” Barnett said.

Williams is certain to lead the Comets on to the park as he is one of the three co-captains named for the season.

Fellow co-captain Ian Webster was ruled out due to a rib injury and he has been joined on the injured list by the third member of the captaincy trio, Darren Mapp, who has suffered a quad strain.

That injury brings Tim Glasby off the interchange bench, while the youngest of the Williams brothers, Brent, has earned his place in the 17.

Barnett said the players trained well during the week and were keen to put last week's disappointing 22-12 loss to Souths Logan behind them.

“Tuesday's session sorted the men from the boys,” he said.

The physical session was designed to improve the Comets' mental toughness facing an experienced Norths outfit.

With many inexperienced players in the team, there was an element of panic in the Comets' play once they went behind even though there was plenty of time on the clock.

Barnett now expects the more experienced players to put their hands up to ensure that does not happen against Norths tonight.

There is still no place in the squad for Chris Gesch, who finished 2010 in tremendous form.

“Chris is a good young player but has to work on his game locally, he just needs to get a little bit smarter,” he said.

Despite having two losses, a similar record to the Comets, Barnett believes the Norths Devils will be their toughest opponent so far this season as the club has a history of playing finals football and has had few personnel changes since 2010.

EARNING a spot in the Comets' starting line-up is front-rower Ben Faulkner.

The former young Bronco arrived in Rockhampton still recovering from ankle surgery.

“The ankle is good, I have played a few games for Yeppoon in the second row,” Faulkner said. “I have been able to get a few minutes (on the park).

“I can't wait. I am at my best playing weight. I think this is the right time to start playing.”

Faulkner said he has watched footage of last week's game and has been given instructions from Barnett on what is expected from him tonight.

“I have been told to give them more go forward,” he said.

The young forward admits he is not too concerned at what Norths bring to tonight's party.

“I try not to focus too much on them,” he said.

COMETS TEAM

The team to play Norths Devils at Browne Park today kick off 6pm:

1. Clint Rothery, 2. Luke Dyer, 3. Guy Williams ©, 4. Mitchell Zornig, 5. Dallas Williams, 6. Nathan Barraclough, 7. Jonathon Tavinor, 8. Nick Kenny, 9. Tevita Latu, 10. Ben Faulkner, 11. Tyron Haynes, 12. Tim Glasby, 13. Marc Applegarth, Interchange-14. Mick Esdale, 15. Guy Ford, 16. James Crombie, 17. Brent Williams .



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