PAT Cudmore will become the first Port Macquarie player to be inducted into the Group 3 Hall of Fame.
Cudmore will join Taree Old Bar’s Tony Hinton and Gloucester’s Kevin Everett as the new faces inducted at Wingham Services Club on December 9.
A lock or five-eighth, Cudmore was a member of Port Macquarie’s premier side in 1976 – the club’s first in Group 3.
He had a stint at North Sydney from 1977-80 before captain-coaching Junee from 1981/83 where he also represented Riverina.
Cudmore returned to Group 3 as Port’s captain-coach and was a regular Group 3 and North Coast representative.
He was named the group’s player of the year in 1986 and 87 when he shared the award with Hinton.
They join Kevin Hardy (Taree United), Warren Kimberley (Wauchope), Wally Snedden (Taree Old Bar/Wauchope) and Tony Paskins (Forster-Tuncurry) (inducted 2013), Errol Ruprecht (Taree United/Old Bar), Garry McQuillan (Forster-Tuncurry) (2014), Harry Smith (Wingham) and Bruce Slater (Wingham) (2015) in the hall of fame.
Everett, a five-eighth or centre, was one of the stars of powerful Gloucester teams that dominated the then Group 18 competition in the 1950s and 60s. A five-eight or centre Everett made his first grade debut in 1956 and retired in 1967. He won eight premierships in Group 18 and Group Three (formed in 1966) and was a North Coast representative in the era when the division stretched from Gloucester to Tweed Heads.
A halfback, Hinton shot to prominence when he scored three tries and was named player of the match in Taree Old Bar’s 24-20 win over Taree United in the 1978 grand final. This was Old Bar’s first permiership in 32 years. He was also a member of premier teams in 1979/80/81 and 82 and captain-coached the Lifesavers to the 1987/88 premiership triumphs.
He represented NSW Country on a tour of New Guinea and also in mid-week cup fixtures while he was a fixture in Group Three and North Coast teams, playing for North Coast in the match against the touring British side in 1984. He was named Group Three player of the year on three occasions.