Ian Webster returned to Rockhampton ready to play for the Comets, but not dressed for a Central Queensland summer.
Ian Webster returned to Rockhampton ready to play for the Comets, but not dressed for a Central Queensland summer. ALLAN REINIKKA AR

Webster chills out for Comets

IT wasn’t that difficult picking out Comets star Ian Webster on his return to Rockhampton Airport yesterday.

Coming back for the 2010 season with the Central Queensland team, Webster was the last one off the plane and dressed sensibly for the fierce Northern Hemisphere winter.

“It was -2 degC when I left,” he explained.

After travelling for 36 hours, Webster could have been forgiven if he had been far from his best when confronted by the media, but that is not how this likeable player operates.

Despite having obvious difficulty in keeping his eyes open Webster was as enthusiastic as ever about his spell with the Wales rugby league team in the recent European Cup competition.

Although looking physically in top condition Webster admitted he was tired, and not just from the gruelling flight.

“I’ll have a little break,” he said with a grin.

“I’ll not be away from training completely as I’ll still be doing weights, but I will be keeping off my feet.”

Little wonder, as the season began for Webster in January and while his Comets team-mates enjoyed a break at the conclusion of the Queensland Cup program he had to stay in peak condition for national team duty.

Almost immediately after leaving Rockhampton at the start of October, Webster joined the Welsh squad to prepare for the warm-up test against England  about a week later.

“The game with England was massive,” he said.

Wales went down, but even though the final score was convincing, Webster said Wales was in the contest until late in the game.

“We ran out of subs (substitutes),” he said.

“After that game we knew we would do well in the Cup.”

The next match against Serbia was not much of a test as Wales won by 88-8with Webster taking on the kicking duties, slotting 14 conversions.

“The sport is still growing, they will get better,” he said.

Webster only grinned when asked whether he would be asking Comets coach Wayne Barnett to take over the kicking role this year.

Next came the Irish for what was expected to be a close contest.

“Ireland had a very strong team,” he said.

Wales was stronger, however, winning 42-12.

“In Wales we are getting good support, the sport is getting back to what it was 20 years ago,” he stated.

Wales finished its European Cup campaign with a 28-16 win over Scotland.

While planning for a break in the heat of CQ, Webster will soon relax with his Comets team-mates as Barnett is calling a break to pre-season training on December 20 with the break-up, a “Rocky Great Race”, alocal version of the television program, The Amazing Race.

Comets resume on-field training on January 11, 2010.



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