Horne wins player of the year
YOU COULD say Clinton Horne is experiencing the highs and lows of the Bundaberg Rugby League A-grade competition.
Breaking his forearm in the clash against Easts ended the 24-year-old Hervey Bay Seagulls captain’s season last month.
However, while Horne, a full-back, is not surprisingly disappointed he’s unable to play in Seagulls finals campaign, he has got something to smile about.
He has been named the Bundaberg Rugby League Player of the Year for the second time in his career.
Horne’s award means it’s the second consecutive year a Fraser Coast player has won it after Wallaroos centre Shaun Collins received it 12 months ago.
Horne, who last won the award in 2007 before he headed to New South Wales to play, said he had no idea he was in the running to be named Bundy’s finest.
“I can tell you that it came as a real shock when they called my name out,” Horne said.
“I don’t usually get shocked – I was this time.
“Saying that, I didn’t mind this time because it was a nice shock,” he laughed.
But Horne’s award wasn’t the only award Seagulls had reason to celebrate.
Seagulls and the Childers-based Isis Devils were named as the joint winners of the club championship.
Despite not fielding an under-18 side, Isis still racked up enough points in their senior teams to share the silverware with the ’Gulls.
Now presentation night is over for another year, Seagulls are focused on what they must do today – win.
They go head-to-head with Bundy Brothers in the do-or-die elimination finals showdown at Salter Oval in the Rum City.
Horne will be there doing his best to inspire his players from the dugout.
“It’s going to bloody hard doing it,” he said.
“I just want to be out on the field with them, but there’s nothing I can do about it. It’s so frustrating.
“The players know what they’ve got to do, and they will give it their all.
“They don’t want their season to end yet.”
‘The players know what they’ve got to do, and they will give it their all. They don’t want their season to end yet.’