We are worthy - Cudgen skipper speaks out against his teams critics
By ADAM HICKS
CUDGEN have spoken out against claims they are unworthy leaders of the Far North Coast LJ Hooker League.
Captain Craig Wilson said comments made by The Northern Star questioning Cudgen's path to the top spot of the ladder were irrelevant.
"That's the talk we're hearing from down your way, that we're fake leaders because we haven't played any of the top teams," Wilson said.
"It doesn't worry us."
The 'talk' he was referring to was a line from The Star's Flat Track Bully column in mid-December:
"Cudgen's lead, however could be viewed as a tad soft. They have only played two of the teams in the top six."
But Wilson said a big team commitment was responsible for their success, not weak opposition.
"I'm not surprised that we're on top," he said.
"We've got the team, we know, to pressure Souths, Tintenbar-East Ballina, Casino.
"We've played some teams down the lower end.
"We know we've got Souths and Casino and they're challenging for the top spot and we know they're the test we have to prove to ourselves and that will give us a good indication of where we are."
Cudgen recorded a two-wicket loss to the 'Bar in round two and scored a four-run win over a depleted Lennox Head outfit in round five.
A contrived outright win over Pottsville in round four saw them shoot up the ladder, but it was their convincing seven-wicket win over fifth-placed Byron-Brunswick before the break that cemented their position at the top.
"After our loss to Tintenbar-East Ballina, we sat down and had a big chat about adapting to playing conditions down there," Wilson said.
"It's totally different to conditions up here."
Cudgen were set to play Terranora Lakes today and may suffer for having to share their points.
The next two weeks sees them facing the improving Ballina Bears and Alstonville in matches they need to win to stay at the top.
The last two weeks of competition sees them face heavyweights Casino Cavaliers and Southern Districts.
As Wilson said: "They're the test we have to prove to ourselves."