Muswellbrook Heeler Harry Hobden caps off big season

BIG YEAR: Muswellbrook Heelers, back, Mark Snow, Scott Almond, Pat Scott; and, front, Cameron Young, Doug Raphael and Ethan Cridland.
BIG YEAR: Muswellbrook Heelers, back, Mark Snow, Scott Almond, Pat Scott; and, front, Cameron Young, Doug Raphael and Ethan Cridland.

TALENTED forward Harry Hobden capped off a big year for the Muswellbrook Heelers, taking home a few of the major awards at the club’s recent presentation night.

But, he would have swapped it all for premiership glory in the Newcastle Hunter Rugby Union (NHRU) President’s Cup.

Muswellbrook suffered a heart-breaking 17-6 loss to Easts 1 in the grand final at No 2 Sportsground.

Hobden, the NHRU Divisional Player of the Year, picked up the Players’ Player and Best and Fairest plaudits at the Heelers’ function at Highbrook Park.

He also celebrated 50 games alongside team mates Ben Heriot, Josaia Besemotala, Cameron Huggins, Ethan Cridland and Dan Keating.

Doug Raphael, who chalked up his 100th appearance for Muswellbrook, was named Player of the Year.

Rookie of the Year went to Pat Scott.

While the Heelers fell short of the championship title in their historic 50th season, their efforts during 2017 did not go unnoticed.

Muswellbrook was crowned the NHRU Club of the Year, based on a range of criteria, including administration and spirit of the game.

“That’s a real boom for our club to win that considering we were against some very slick [clubs] around Newcastle,” coach Michael Hall said.

“We’d also like to thank all of our players, sponsors and supporters for a successful year, including Muswellbrook RSL Club, Civeo Corporation, Muswellbrook Steel Supplies, Two Rivers Wines, Pukara Estate, Hunter Belle Cheese Factory, Pirtek Fluid Systems Muswellbrook, Coolmore Stud, Eaton's Hotel, The Valley Hotel, Muswellbrook Atlantic Oils, Hunter Prosigns, Australian Filter and Duct, Wideland Motor Group, Wear Parts Australia and Hollydene Estate Wines.”

2017 award winners –

Player of the Year - Doug Raphael

Best and Fairest - Harry Hobden

Coaches Award - Mark Snow

Players’ Player - Harry Hobden

Rookie of the Year - Pat Scott

Best Back - Cameron Young

Training Award - Blake Fulcher

Encouragement Award - Josh Dumas

Most Improved Award - Pat Scott

Highest Point Scorer - Ethan Cridland

President’s Award - Michael Chandler and Mary-Anne Pike

Rugby Cup - Lisa Buckley and Shannon Hall

Balmoral Plate - Scott Almond

50 games –

Harry Hobden

Ben Heriot

Josaia Besemotala

Cameron Huggins

Ethan Cridland

Dan Keating

100 games –

Doug Raphael

Tyler Judge

150 games –

Mitchell Googe