Clinton Horne of Hervey Bay was named BRL Player of the Year at last night’s presentation evening.
Clinton Horne of Hervey Bay was named BRL Player of the Year at last night’s presentation evening. Mike Knott

League names best player

Out-of-towner Clinton Horne swooped in to claim the BRL player of the year award at last night's presentation dinner.

The Hervey Bay Seagulls skipper, out of action in the last month because of a broken arm, was a stand-out in his return season for the Bay.

His influence at fullback helped them to an early-season ladder lead, and his value was most clearly demonstrated in his absence, with the team struggling to compete with the top three sides.

Horne was also an integral player for the Bundaberg Bears during their successful 47th Battalion campaign.

Tipped as the most exciting addition to the competition by BRL president Mal Breen before the season began, Horne lifted the Seagulls from the abyss they occupied in 2009 and soon had people talking about a Hervey Bay premiership in 2010.

They are still in the hunt, but many pundits have written them off without their star fullback.

Isis Devils and Hervey Bay Seagulls could not be split during the season, and for the first time in history the club championship was shared between the two clubs.

Despite not fielding an under-18 side, Isis Devils still racked up enough points in their senior teams to share the silverware with the ‘Gulls.

It was no surprise when Queensland Rangers representative Mat Templeman was crowned representative player of the year and Easts hard man Zac Suter was awarded under-18 representative player of the year.

Inspirational Wests toiler Jimmy Wilkinson was tipped earlier in the week by his team-mates to take out the League 11s player of the year and their prediction rang true last night.

Brothers playmaker Matt Craven was awarded under-18 player of the season, while club mate Tien Nguyen was rewarded with rookie of the year for his brilliant debut season at fullback for the Brethren.

Acknowledged by Mal Breen as the success story of the season, the inaugural women's season unearthed some serious talent.

Top of the list was Across The Waves speedster Natalie Gala, who was chosen after a seven-way tie resulted from the initial round of voting.



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