Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Barraclough Forces Way In

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Barraclough Forces Way In

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Byline: Alan Kennedy alan.kennedy@capnews.com.au

COMETS TEAM

Intrust Super Cup team travelling to Wynnum Manly:

1: Junior Auru, 2: Jade Williams, 3: Tyron Haynes, 4: Josh Bishop, 5: Karl Johnson, 6: Nathan Barraclough, 7: Marc Fickling, 8: Tim Glasby, 9: Ian Webster, 10: Aaron Summers, 11: Alan Rothery, 12: Darren Mapp, 13: Chris Beasley. Interchange: 14: Mick Esdale, 15: Liam Anlezark, 16: Guy Ford, 17: Guy Williams.

Points ladder after seven rounds: Norths 14, Redcliffe 12, Wynnum Manly 11, Souths 10, Burleigh 9, Mackay 6, Northern Pride 6, Sunshine Coast 4, Comets 4, Ipswich 4, Easts 2, Tweed Heads 2.

RUGBY LEAGUE: Currently in a lengthy losing streak the CQ Comets have called some changes, with playmaker Matt Minto the major casualty.

Coach Wayne Barnett has made a straight swap with Nathan Barraclough coming in to the side, while Minto relaces him in the Yeppoon team in the local competition.

Barnett admitted Minto's defensive work had been under scrutiny and that is why he had been given time playing club football.

"He has to work on a few things," Barnett said.

"Players have to be confident in their defence."

Barnett said playing in a lower grade team would give Minto that opportunity to rebuild his confidence and come back a better player.

Also team confidence had been down and therefore as a halfback Minto had been unable to play his preferred role a setting up attacking play.

On the other hand, Barraclough had been on top of his game in recent weeks, leading the Yeppoon team around the park and then playing a similar role with the Rockhampton Rustlers.

The coach said Barraclough had done everything asked of him as he had been placed in the local competition to work on areas of his game and had shown improvement.

Last weekend Barraclough was asked to play his way through the pain barrier as he was still on the road to recovery from a corked thigh and again he did what was asked.

"He got through it and made the tournament (selection) team," Barnett said. …

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