Haynes priming for big performance
TYRON Haynes can't be accused of being anything less than a team player and will go out to put together a big performance at Yeppoon this afternoon despite not being named in his preferred position.
The CQ Comets star admits he is happier when coach Wayne Barnett names him in the second-row or at lock, but has again been selected by the coach in the centres.
“It is not my preferred position,” he admitted. ``"In some games (at centre) you only see a bit of the ball as it doesn't come your way.
“I like to be in the game more.”
Haynes does see a way out as Russell Webber is on his way back from a shoulder injury.
Webber is returning to club football and, if Barnett makes the call, could be picked to play in the centres.
Like all the Comets players, Haynes wants to put last week's 36-10 loss to Northern Pride behind him and get on with the Intrust Cup campaign.
“It was the little things we just didn't do right,” he said, “everything that could go wrong did.”
Looking back over the lead-up to that game, Haynes felt the players should have seen the defeat coming. “The way we trained last week reflected the way we played,” he said.
However, this week has seen a vast improvement for the team with players training far better and mistakes, especially handling errors, less frequent.
Haynes reckons the Yeppoon public will get behind the Comets and make the players feel at home.
“In the past we have played Souths Logan at Blackwater and Emerald but it will be much better at Yeppoon as we don't have to travel as far,” he said.
Having watched footage of Souths against Tweed Heads last week, Haynes said the side did not play like the minor premiers of 2010.
Last year Haynes was captain of the Comets but admits he is not too worried about relinquishing that responsibility.
“It was a good experience but on the pitch I am not much of a talker,” he said.
However, Haynes' style was to lead by example and he is committed to continuing that way even though he no longer leads the team on to the park.
For Barnett, selecting a team for today's match was not too hard as he was never likely to start making changes after one defeat.
“We were just outplayed (against Northern Pride),” he said. “In the second half we didn't hold the ball.”
While Pride played well, the Comets were their own worst enemy as they failed to make the visitors pay even when in strong positions.
“We had them pinned on their line for five sets,” he recalled.
“The next set they kicked a 40/20 and scored a try.”
Despite the loss, the coach was happy with a number of the team's contributions, saying Bronco Nick Kenny was in good form.
“Nick had not played any pre-season (games) and yet gave us a good 50 minutes,” Barnett said.
Jonathan Tavinor was another who performed to the coach's liking.
“He kept on trying until the bitter end,” he said.
Only one player was cut from the Comets' squad for today's game with Daniel Palavi the unlucky one.
Palavi had been on the bench against Pride but failed to provide the impact the coach demands and drops into the local competition where he turns out for Yeppoon.
That position has gone to Mick Esdale, a player who has proved he is capable of providing that spark the coach is looking for.
“Daniel is a good player but has been told he needs to make that impact,” Barnett said.
The coach is happy to play at Webb Oval and said many of his team will feel at home there.
However, rain falling in Yeppoon yesterday is something he hopes will not be a big factor for today's match.
Barnett is playing down Souths' loss last week.
“They are a team that can not be taken lightly or they will put 40 points on you,” he said.
“Souths have some good players but they had game one jitters like us last week.”
Barnett said the Souths captain, Phil Dennis, has plenty of experience while a number of the squad are being groomed to play NRL for Canberra.
“In the end. one of us is going to be a winner, we just have to make sure it is us,” Barnett concluded.
Central Comets: Nat Bowman, Clint Rothery, Luke Dyer, Tyron Haynes, Dallas Williams, Ian Webster (c), Jonathon Tavinor, Nick Kenny, Tevita Latu, Tim Glasby, Marc Applegarth, Darren Mapp (c), Guy Williams (c). Interchange: Mick Esdale, Guy Ford, James Crombie, John Clayton. Coach: Wayne Barnett.
Souths Logan Magpies: Wes Conlon, Jamie Dodt, Wade Liddell, Corey Thompson, Drury Low, Phil Dennis (c), Mick Picker, Nick Skinner, Eliakim Uasi, Mark Ioana, Danny Galea, Sam Mataora, Jarrad Kennedy. Interchange: Mark Nicholls, Ben Cronin, Sam Gardel, Mat Pitman. Coach: Mark Beaumont.
Kick-off: Saturday, 4pm.
Venue: Webb Oval, Yeppoon.