This one’s for Huck: Bears and CYMS to clash for inaugural memorial trophy

GREAT INITIATIVE: Blayney Rugby League president Adam Hornby with the Michael "Huck" Hornby Memorial Trophy which will be played for this Saturday. Photo: MICHELLE COOK

GREAT INITIATIVE: Blayney Rugby League president Adam Hornby with the Michael "Huck" Hornby Memorial Trophy which will be played for this Saturday. Photo: MICHELLE COOK

A NEW trophy will be up for grabs when Blayney hosts Orange CYMS in Group 10 action this Saturday.

An Old Boys game will be played between the clubs with the winners claiming the Michael “Huck” Hornby Memorial Trophy.

The trophy was named in Michael’s honour after he died from melanoma in January this year. He was 43.

His brother, Blayney president Adam Hornby, is happy to see him recognised.

“We wanted something to remember him by because he was so involved with footy,”  Hornby explained.

“He played with Blayney for years in reserve grade. He was also on the committee.”

Was Michael, who was nicknamed “Huck” by his family for his resemblance to Huckleberry Finn as a child, ever the Blayney president?

“No, he had more brains than that,” his  brother laughed.

People have been lining up to play in the memorial match including former Blayney players James Grant, Steve and Tim Mooney and Richard Hobby.

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John Connolly will play half the game with Blayney and the other half with CYMS as he represented both clubs.

Hornby said it was a good relationship between the two clubs which resulted in Blayney asking CYMS to be involved in the event.

CYMS jumped at the chance to be a part of the day, he added.

The Blayney club will send a bucket around during the day to raise money for melanoma research.

The Old Boys jerseys will be auctioned off at Blayney’s Royal Hotel from 6pm on Saturday.

The Old Boys match, to be refereed by Paul Sligar, will kick-off at King George Oval at 12pm.

“It will be 15 minutes each way or until they fall over,” Hornby smiled.

With a trophy on the line, scores will be kept but Hornby doesn’t expect the scorer to be too troubled.

On Saturday, league tag will start at 9.30am, followed by under 18s at 10.35am and the Old Boys at 12pm.

First division kicks off at 12.45pm with the premier league boys running onto the field at 2.15pm.

michelle.cook@fairfaxmedia.com.au

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