Former Sawtell clubmates of Phillip Hughes left a lasting tribute to the batsman at the club's home ground, Richardson park, the scene where a then 16 year-old Hughes made a half century during the 2004/05 CHDCA grand final. Photo: Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate
Former Sawtell clubmates of Phillip Hughes left a lasting tribute to the batsman at the club's home ground, Richardson park, the scene where a then 16 year-old Hughes made a half century during the 2004/05 CHDCA grand final. Photo: Trevor Veale / Coffs Coast Advocate Trevor Veale

Sawtell mates leave a touching tribute for Hughes

SAWTELL Cricket Club has made sure nobody will miss the tribute to former premiership-winning player, the late Phillip Hughes.

With Coffs Harbour District Cricket Association's round six senior matches abandoned following the tragic death of the 25-year-old Test batsman, the Blue Caps first repaired to the Sawtell Hotel to toast his memory.

On Sunday, they turned out on the famous home ground of Richardson Park to discuss the situation, tell war stories and create a giant '408' on the hillside as a tribute.

"A good afternoon's work down at Richo with a few drinks thrown in as well," president Rod Buckle said of the players' fine handiwork.

As late as yesterday, a lone cricket bat and floral tribute remained as mute witness to tragic events, at the ground where Phillip performed so admirably in the exciting summer of 2004-05.

Many former team-mates and club supporters will be in Macksville today where the funeral is expected to draw in excess of 5000 mourners.

Direct broadcasts of the service on radio and television will add millions more around the world.

All will participate until a final 'stumps' declaration is made on what has been a extraordinary outpouring of grief since Phillip first dropped to the hallowed turf of the Sydney Cricket Ground last week.

Also as a mark of respect, today's North Coast T20 Schools finals have been postponed until next Tuesday.

On that day, the kids from Macksville High and Bowraville Central School participating will have special motivation to take the titles.



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