Hornets coach Craig Field.
Hornets coach Craig Field. John Gass

Pair put sting in Hornets

TWO of Cudgen Hornets' gun recruits are in for a busy time of it this weekend, facing up to Mullumbimby in a trial match tomorrow night and backing up in the annual Bilambil Jets nine-a-side tournament at Bilambil Sports Ground on Sunday (10.25am).

Linking with the Hornets from powerful Newcastle Rugby League club Maitland during the silly season, were extremely versatile back, Eden Price and Sam Taylor, a five-eighth.

Price starred for the Pumpkin Pickers in winning the Newcastle RL 2011 first grade premiership while Taylor received plenty of game time off the bench when called into the top squad from the seconds.

Hornets coach Craig Field said he would put the pair onto the field for the first of four 20 minute quarters against Mullumbimby.

"That'll give me an indication as to how they are going fitness-wise and also an opportunity to have a look at Sam who I haven't had the chance to see in action," Field said.

The first grade trial will be played at Cudgen Leagues' Ned Byrne Field at 7.15pm and will be preceded by an under-19 years trial at 6pm.

Field will select his 15-man squad for the Bilambil tournament after training tonight but says that he will give all his promising young players outings in the speed show.

"We're very fortunate to have a lot of talented young men at the club and I'll be giving them every opportunity to force their way into first grade," Field said.

Certain to do the rounds on Sunday are Jake Sands, Kurt Hawkey, Jay McAllie, Jayden White and Matty Gilbert.

"I'm really looking forward to seeing them play - they were very good in the age ranks last year and it will be interesting to see what progress they have made as footballers in the intervening time as they develop both physically and mentally," Field said.

The Hornets will be back in action the following weekend in another series of trials against fellow Gold Coast-Tweed Rugby League outfit, Burleigh Bears.

Ned Byrne Field will again be the venue on Saturday, March 10 - all three grades (under 19s, reserves, firsts) get onto the paddock.

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