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Central Queensland is once again gearing up for great rugby league action with the Rockhampton Leagues Club Central Queensland Comets preparing themselves to hog tie their big brothers from the north, the North Queensland Cowboys.
The Cowboys come to town Saturday, February 12 to face off against the Comets in match two of the Minniecon & Burke Comets Pre-season Challenge but that match is only half the action that will go on at Browne Park.
Two great matches before the main game will showcase some of Central Queensland's top talent when the Queensland Rail Comets Development squad take on a Mackay Souths under 19s team and a Comets Blue side will take on the Mackay Souths A grade team.
The Comets Blue side will be made up of remaining Comets squad players who missed out on the top team for the main game as well as QR Development players.
Will be a hard task for the Mackay Souths teams with the QR squad and Blue team very keen to impress and get a look in for the top team.
An added bonus is the fact QLD State of Origin stars Matthew Bowen and Paul Bowman as well as New Zealand test skipper Paul Rauhihi will be making the trip to meet fans and attend a St Brendan's College rugby league camp on Saturday morning.
The entire Cowboys squad will also take part in a junior coaching clinic on Friday February 11 which will be attended by over 100 invited players.
Cowboys players will also be at Stockland Rockhampton from 11 am on the Saturday to sign autographs.
The Cowboys are definetely taking this one seriously bringing a fairly strong squad to Rockhampton which includes Qld State Of Origin Representatives Carl Webb and Josh Hannay as well as players like Brenton Bowen, Neil Sweeney, Rod Jensen, Chris Sheppard, Michael Luck, Leigh McWilliams and Shane Muspratt who have all had National Rugby League experience at one time or another.
The game will also serve as a home coming for local product Rory Bromley who headed to Townsville late in 2004 after being signed by the Cowboys late in 2003. The former QLD under-19 player will be keen to show his old fans just how good his experience thus far at the Cowboys has been.
Minniecon and Burke Pre-season Challenge Match #2 details:
4.00pm Gates Open 4.30pm QR Comets Development Squad V Mackay Souths U-19s 6.00pm Comets Blue V Mackay Souths A Grade 8.00pm Rockhampton Leagues Club Comets V North Queensland Cowboys
Minniecon & Burke, Rockhampton Leagues Club, Pauls, Skilled, DC Motors, Bundaberg Rum, QR, Stockland Rockhampton, WIN Television and the Morning Bulletin
Tickets are available at the Information Desk of Stockland Rockhampton. Ticket holders who pre purchase tickets from Stockland Rockhampton will go into a draw to win a $500 gift voucher to be drawn at half time of the main game.
Reserved Grandstand Tickets - $15.00 General Admission Tickets - $12.00 Concession Tickets - $6.00
New to Harko's Bargain Warehouse this week are "Raging Bull", the 1994 Official Rugby League Yearbook and North Queensland Cowboys collectables. In the coming weeks Harko's Bargain Warehouse will be releasing Central Queensland Comets merchandise and more North Queensland Cowboys collectables. Stay tuned for more.