The captains: Cudgen Hornets under-18 captain Jayden White, reserve grade captain Leigh Brown and A-grade captain Steve Kirkham with football manager Graeme Lawrence.
The captains: Cudgen Hornets under-18 captain Jayden White, reserve grade captain Leigh Brown and A-grade captain Steve Kirkham with football manager Graeme Lawrence. Scott Powick

Hornets face historic afternoon

THE Cudgen Hornets face an historic sudden-death afternoon of rugby league today, with all three grades playing finals football for only the second time in a decade.

It’s an exciting time for the club, which has restored its position as a force in the NRRRL after a disastrous fallout from its 2006 grand final win.

With retired NRL player Craig Field locked in as a grade half back and boosted through a two-year rebuilding phase, the club has more than realised this year’s goal for its first grade side to make the finals series.

But, it is not over yet. First grade faces a tough assignment against Northern United in Lismore today.

The two sides have won one each this year, with United grabbing a victory against the Hornets in the final 10 seconds of the previous encounter and in the process, stole a home semi-final from Cudgen.

Meanwhile, reserve grade takes on Marist Brothers and the under-18s play Mullumbimby Giants in sudden-death semi-finals.

Football manager Graeme Lawrence said the club had its heart ripped out after it won the 2006 A grade grand final when a large number of players walked out of the club.

He credits the club’s old boys and the addition of some old heads for the turnaround.

“This week has most certainly been a reward for the efforts of so many people, the players, old boys, the coaching staff. It is a reward for all the hard work that has been put in,” Lawrence said.

Lawrence credited NRL journeyman Field for the good progress on the field.

“Craig Field has been a wonderful addition to the club this year, it is no doubt he has been the architect, pushing the side around the park with his experience,” he said.

Each of the sides will play at Crozier Field, under-18s at 11.30am; reserve grade at 1.20pm and A grade at 2.45pm.

Supporters’ buses leave Ned Byrne Field, Kingscliff at 10am.



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