LET US GO
By GEOFF ROUNDS
THE Cudgen Hornets are threatening to fold if they are not allowed to join the Gold Coast Rugby League (GCRL).
The ultimatum is the result of a dispute over whether the rugby league club will be allowed to leave The Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League (NRRRL) and join the GCRL due to financial concerns.
Cudgen made the final of the NRRRL in 2006, but late last year withdrew from the competition and applied to play in the GCRL from 2007.
Club president Mark McAskill said that as far as he was concerned "the club will wind up if we aren't allowed to go to the Gold Coast".
"Look, if we don't go to the Gold Coast there won't be a Cudgen team," McAskill said.
"I'm very serious on that. The whole rugby league club will cease, and that's an option that we're already considering.
"I've put my heart and soul into this club for seven years and I'm not about to just let it all go down the drain over what we consider as something that makes sense to our club."
McAskill said the fate of the Hornets would be decided by the sport's national body, the ARL, at the end of this month.
"It looks like either way it will be decided by the end of this month. It'll go to the ARL on February 28 and that's when we should know exactly what's going on with it all," he said.
However the club is pressing on with preparations for its entry into the GCRL.
"Things are still going along well for us on the field. We're training hard and getting ready for the season ahead in the Gold Coast comp," McAskill said.
The Hornets launch their campaign on the Gold Coast today in a trial game against Brisbane club Souths Logan.
In what shapes as a super opening, the Hornets are due to host reigning GCRL premiers Burleigh at Cudgen on Sunday, March 25.
The complete draw for the 2007 GCRL home-and-away season has been released, with Cudgen factored into the 19-round premiership.