Seagulls' captain sidelined
THE wings of the high-flying Hervey Bay Seagulls have been clipped as the team mounts its premiership campaign.
Seagulls will enter the business end of the Bundaberg Rugby League season without the services of captain Clinton Horne who has been sidelined with a fractured wrist.
The star fullback's absence has dealt coach Steve Crawford a major blow as he readies his troops for finals.
“He's our captain and he's the main talker and director on the field, so it's a pretty bitter pill to swallow,” he said.
“His support play is second to none in the competition so he'll leave a big hole.”
Horne's demise capped off a horror weekend for Hervey Bay with centre Steve Bruncki cutting his hand in a work accident and second rower Scott Livell breaking his thumb.
Crawford said the trio would leave big shoes to fill and has rallied his team for a tough battle to remain competitive.
“Winning the premiership is looking a lot tougher than it was a week ago,” Crawford said.
“We're going to need all the boys to really put in and some of the younger guys are going to have to really try and step up.”