Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Fireman Chris Is Ready to Spark; Tiredness from Real-Life Emergency Will Disappear during Local Derby

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

Fireman Chris Is Ready to Spark; Tiredness from Real-Life Emergency Will Disappear during Local Derby

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

COMETS LINE UP

The CQ Comets side to meet Mackay Cutters at Mackay tomorrow.

1. Nat Bowman, 2. Luke Dyer, 3. Chris Gesch, 4. Mitch Zornig, 5. Daniel Bartlett, 6. Tevita Latu, 7.Jonathan Tavinor, 8. James TaputuCrombie, 9. Ian Webster, 10. Tim Glasby, 11. Neale Wyatt, 12. Darren Mapp, 13. Guy Williams (c). Interchange: 14. Guy Ford, 15. Daniel Palavi 16. Chris Beasley, 17. Nick Kenny. 18: Josh Speer Coach: Wayne Barnett, assistant Jason Green.

RUGBY LEAGUE: CQ Comets second-rower Chris Beasley could be excused if he falls asleep on the interchange bench against Mackay tomorrow as he will drive to the game after working a night shift with the fire service at Gladstone.

Beasley has missed most of the 2011 Intrust Super Cup season as he was training to become a fire officer.

Now he is with a crew and up to the challenge of the job.

C[pounds sterling]We went out to a house fire,C[yen] he said.

C[pounds sterling]It was my first job and about 50km out of Gladstone, by the time we got to the fire there wasn't much we could do.C[yen]

While Beasley had trained for putting out fires the incident was totally different to a C[pounds sterling]staged blazeC[yen] as this affected the life of a family. C[pounds sterling]There are a lot more challenges when it happens in the real world,C[yen] he said. C[pounds sterling]It is good to have experienced people (fire crew) around you.C[yen]

Beasley returned from his fire training to join the Comets line-up for last weekend's match with Tweed Heads.

C[pounds sterling]I hadn't touched a football for four months,C[yen] he said.

However, the fitness training as a part of his job and the gym work he does in his spare time had Beasley up to the challenge of Queensland Cup football.

C[pounds sterling]I ended up playing for 50 minutes. There were a few breaks in the game and so I used those to get my breath back,C[yen] he said. …

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