Cudgen coach to play on field
CUDGEN Hornets coach, Craig Field is one of a number of former topflight rugby league players lured out of retirement to play in a big fundraiser for the Men of League Foundation at Inverell on Saturday, February 11.
Field hung up the boots at the end of last season but the old sizes 8's haven't had time to gather any dust.
Field will link with the likes of Matt Gidley, David Peachey, Cliff Lyons and Chris Walker in a Men of League Invitational side which clashes with the Inverell Hawks in front of what should be a bumper crowd at Varley Oval.
The locals will be boosted by a couple of pretty handy ring-ins in the shape of Preston Campbell and Nathan Blacklock.
"This'll be my last run as a player," Field said. "But you can never say never and if something like this comes up again, who knows?
"I'll keep applying a bit of polish to the boots every now and then just in case!"
It is then back to the coaching caper for Field who will be preparing his team for their tilt at the Gold Coast Tweed Rugby League Bycroft Cup this season.
The coach has entered a side in the Bilambil Jets Nines which will be contested on March 4.
"I'll take a squad of 15 players up to Bilambil but the day before the rest of the squad will go down to play a trial against Byron Bay," Field said.
"The following week we have another trial against Burleigh Heads and have our final hit-out before the start of the competition with one more trial against the (Bilambil) Jets on March 17."
News out of the Hornets camp is that classy backs Chris Swan and Fred Waters have decided against joining the Cudgen outfit.
Both players, who are based down around Lismore, had assured Field that they would be linking with the Hornets but reports are that the long travel to training forced the pair to have a rethink.