Hornets duo off to add new skills
THE rugby league silly-season isn't all that silly over Cudgen Hornets way, where head coach Craig Field and his deputy Lee Brown are in Sydney, intent on increasing their already considerable coaching skills.
Field, who has been around footy fields since Dally Messenger switched codes, is a firm believer in the old adage that you should learn something new every day of your life.
A lifelong friend of Jim Dymock, who will be Des Hasler's number two at the Canterbury-Bankstown Bulldogs next season, Field accepted an invitation from Dymock to join him and Hasler at a number of Bulldogs' training sessions.
Field and Brown arrived in Sydney early yesterday and attended the club's coaching sessions in the morning and afternoon.
Last night the Hornets' brains trust joined Hasler, Dymock and other Bulldogs coaching and training staff for a meal, where they, as Field so quaintly put it, "sucked their brains" before backing up at another couple of sessions today.
The veteran, who has finally hung up his boots after a long career, which included playing stints with NRL clubs South Sydney, Manly, Balmain and Wests Tigers, will be at the helm as the Hornets return to the Gold Coast-Tweed competition next season.
The Hornets previously campaigned in the Northern Rivers Regional Rugby League but switched allegiances recently, along with neighbours Tweed Coast Raiders.
Field is leaving no stone unturned to ensure he will be able to field competitive teams across all three grades - firsts, seconds and under-19s - next year.
"It was an offer from Jimmy we couldn't refuse. If Lee and I don't learn something from the venture, we don't deserve to be coaching footballers at any level," Field said.
The coach said he had been in negotiations with a number of quality players and over the next week or so would be in a position to name names.