Cessnock Hornets set football sibling record

FAMILY AFFAIR: The five Zechel boys playing with the Cessnock Hornets (back) Mathew, Jason, (front) Brandon, Aaron and Lucas. Picture: Mish.Mash Images
FAMILY AFFAIR: The five Zechel boys playing with the Cessnock Hornets (back) Mathew, Jason, (front) Brandon, Aaron and Lucas. Picture: Mish.Mash Images

Cessnock Hornets has always been a family club, with sons and daughters following in their father and grandfather’s footsteps in taking the pitch for the black and gold.

In recent years Cessnock has become prolific in continuing familial ties throughout the football club. From the legendary Percy and Jack Lennard, Cessnock has prided themselves on making the football club an extended family.

Cessnock has set many records throughout the club’s history, the most recent of which being a fixture with Belmont when three sets of brothers took the pitch in the same 11 - Mitchell and Wade Attewell, Andrew and David O'Hearn and Bryce and Heath Simpson.

A quick look through the Cessnock playing roster, both junior and senior will reveal that the tradition stays strong with as many as seven sets of siblings wearing the Hornets colours.

Incredibly in the senior squads the Zechel family has five boys playing, with Mathew and Jason in first grade, Aaron in under 23s, Brandon in under 19's and Lucas in under 17s.

Father and son duos are also prevalent throughout the club also, with former players Neil Stevens, Mark Ingram, Jamie Bender, Sean Broadbent, Steve Fairfull and Shaun Anderson all having children currently representing the club. 

Cessnock are hoping this tradition continues, and with the new Football Academy, junior players will receive technical and tactical coaching that will help them succeed in the future for the Hornets.

Siblings currently at the Hornets are:

  • Mathew, Jason, Aaron, Brandon and Lucas Zechel
  • Beau and Riley Taylor
  • Jayden and Jarrad Arriguetti
  • Liam Anderson, Hayden Anderson and Riley Bates
  • Connor Garrington, Ethan Garrington and Riley Moore
  • Jordan, Jacob and Riley Dederer
  • Josh Lewis, Katie Jeffery and Brock Jeffery

Cessnock City host Belmont Swansea United on Saturday at Turner Park. Kick off in first grade is at 2.30pm.

They had a catch-up game on Tuesday night against Singleton Strikers at Singleton.

The Hornets with four draws are still chasing their first Northern League One victory this season.

Bears on road against Jaffas

The Weston Bears will be fresh after a week’s break to face top-side Lambton Jaffas on Saturday at Arthur Edden Oval.

The Jaffas, however, will be smarting after a losing to Edgeworth 5-0 in their FFA Cup fixture at Speers Point last Saturday.

Kick off is 2.30pm.