Harmse named as best player in CQ rugby union
BEING captain of the Gladstone Goats pushed Aubre Harmse to become more of a player than he's ever been before.
It's what made him stand out and be awarded the Central Queensland Rugby Union Player of the Year.
"I was pretty stoked about getting it. It took a while to sink in," he said.
The Gladstone Goats captain accepted the honour graciously.
He said he thought someone from Gladstone would win a trophy after a ripper season but he didn't think it would be him.
But, he said it was a prize he would trade in for his team to win a premiership.
"Just to cap the good year off in that way ... the boys worked so hard," he said.
Harmse's Goats were the most improved side this season, losing only the first match of the year and the grand final.
Much of the success was down to the playmaker and captain.
After leading the side to such success this season, he does recognise he has improved.
But it is not skill or fitness which he thinks brought the biggest change.
"I definitely matured," he said. "I am more of a player than what I used to be.
"It has been being the captain.
"And realising I am playing the game and should have fun. I have had more fun this year. We have a great bunch of guys in the team."
Only 12 months ago, the little South African native was just a role player in the Goats' side.
Recognising this, he is keen to remain a shepherd for his players, keen to rectify the loss in the grand final straight away.
"We definitely have something to work for now," he said. "We know that bad feeling of losing the grand final.
"For me, being a leader in that is important. Losing the first and last game only was hard."