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Hubbard to Hornets' rescue

New Cudgen Hornets coach Ray Hubbard.
New Cudgen Hornets coach Ray Hubbard. Blainey Woodham

CUDGEN Hornets' strength and conditioning mentor Ray Hubbard has been appointed as interim coach, replacing Craig Field at the helm of the club for the remainder of the 2012 Gold Coast Tweed Rugby League Bycroft Cup season.

Field is currently in custody after being charged with murder following an incident at Kingscliff on Sunday night.

Hornets president, Graham Lawrence, fellow committee members and coaching staff met prior to training on Tuesday afternoon to discuss the appointment of an interim coach and Lawrence later addressed players to announce the decision.

The players welcomed the appointment as Hubbard is a popular character and well-respected on all levels at the club.

"Ray has been there, done that in football and we are fortunate to have someone of his abilities to step in and fill the breach," Lawrence said.

"He was a wonderful player, good enough to play Queensland Cup for Burleigh Bears where he also coached after retiring from playing.

"Ray will take over the reins for the remaining four games of the season.

"A real clubman, he has pulled on the boots a couple of times for us already this season and will keep doing so over the next four matches."

Lawrence said the "entire club was shattered" by the news of Field's arrest and incarceration while he awaits another court appearance.

"It was certainly a sombre mood at the club on Tuesday when we all gathered for our first training run since the news of Craig's arrest broke, but life goes on and the players got down to footy business as soon as Ray's appointment was made," Lawrence said.

"We have four games to get through before the end of the home-and-away series and everyone at the club is pulling together in a bid to finish the season on a high note."

The Hornets face a stiff task against Tugun at Boyd Street tomorrow afternoon, but their form in recent weeks has been an improvement, especially with Clinton Toopi and Dean Widders, running into match fitness and form.

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