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CENTRAL has announced coach Neale Crow?s replacement for 2006, handing the honour to Matt Parish of Jim Beam Cup side The Entrance.
Parish has made three grand finals with The Entrance, is a former player with Balmain and is well liked by Graham Murray of sister-club the North Queensland Cowboys.
News of his employment coincides with Central celebrating its first win of the season and the return of star player Mark Henry. Coincidentally, this week?s opposition coach is Anthony Griffin, himself from Rockhampton.
Both sides have undergone changes from last weekend. Central has called in fullback Henry and forward Grant Broadhurst, with Trent McKinlay and John Faupula dropping out. Prop Kurt Cawdron has been picked despite a reported elbow injury
Redcliffe has replaced Adam Starr (knee) with Damien Jentz, man of the match for the Dolphins? Mixwell Cup side last week. Meanwhile teenager Wayne Bond has returned to the number six jersey.
Looking at the experience factor for both teams, Central boasts just one player born before 1980 ? Clint Rothery. Redcliffe has eight players in the same category.
For Dolphins Ryan Cullen and Shannon Fish this will be their first game back at Browne Park since leaving the Comets at the end of 2004. Cullen has made Queensland Residents this season and is one of the leading tryscorers in the league. Meanwhile Fish has been used on a rotational basis at hooker with Michael Roberts.
Shane Spicer has been allocated refereeing duties at Rockhampton.
CENTRAL: Mark Henry, Clint Rothery, Matt Hill, Tyron Haynes, Paul Albury, Mitch Wyatte, Adam Geddes, Kurt Cawdron, Herewini Rangi, Mick Esdale, Todd Brandon, Andrew Dale, Trent Callaghan. Interchange: Toby Wallace, Grant Broadhurst, Fili Sofa, John Bidgood.
REDCLIFFE: Ryan Cullen, Phil Shilvock, Greg Bourke, Nick Emmett, Liam Georgetown, Wayne Bond, Shane Perry ?, Nick Walker, Michael Roberts, Troy Lindsay, Grant Flugge, Danny Burke, Danny Green. Interchange: Duane O?Grady, Shannon Fish, Matt Mapes, Damien Jentz.
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