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Hornets pumped after Blues session

TRUE enthusiasm was a fine feeling for Cudgen Hornets Rugby League Club on Saturday when they had the rare opportunity of training with New South Wales State of Origin team at Ned Byrne Field.

The Hornets had the privilege of rubbing shoulders with the Blues and felt a shot of adrenalin during the tough session.

Captain Steve Kirkham said the training experience was unreal and it would be something he would always remember.

“They boys loved it and we trained with them for about 90 minutes, going through different drills,” he said.

“We got to play against them and we assumed Queensland's position which ended up being pretty full on.

“You don't realise how strong they are and we copped a flogging running against them ... they are just so fit.”

During the session, the Blues warmed up for 15 minutes and then did drills which were followed by a heavy hit-out with the Hornets.

Coach Con Theodossiou said the boys learnt a lot from training with athletes of such a high calibre. “The boys got plenty out of it and they train completely differently to how we train,” he said.

“These guys are professionals and our guys do it as a hobby so they really raised the intensity. The boys really enjoyed it and we probably won't get this chance again.”

About 2000 people attended the event and many Cudgen juniors came out to check out their heroes.

Kirkham said it was an unusual opportunity to train with the Blues, especially for bush footballers.

“We were really shocked when we were told we could practise with them and they really are incredible players ... they have such strength,” he said. “They were also really impressed with the facilities and said they wanted to come back again.”

Theodossiou said it was good to see so many people out supporting the Blues and his club.

“There was a big crowd there and it will be a bit of a letdown at Tuesday night's training when there will be just two people watching ... myself and the assistant coach.

“A few of our junior coaches were also there and I am sure they took something away from it as well.

“If we help the Blues win on Wednesday night, then we did a good job.”

The Hornets' next game is against Kyogle at Ned Byrne Field.

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