SUNBURY coach Rick Horwood has received a minor consolation prize after losing the Ballarat Football League grand final by being named the inaugural AFL Goldfields coach of the year.
Horwood, who took the eastern Lions to their third straight grand final this year, was yesterday announced as the senior coach of the year.
He said it came as some comfort to win the award, but that he would definitely trade it in for a grand final win.
“It feels bitter-sweet to win it really,” Horwood said.
“It’s nice to win but I would swap it in for a premiership medallion any day. It’s something I’ll look back on later on my career with some fondness though.”
In the past three years under Horwood’s reign, Sunbury has lost just 10 games, but two of those have been grand finals.
Horwood is yet to re-sign as Sunbury coach for next year, hoping to sort out contract negotiations over the weekend.
The AFL Goldfields also awarded two coach of the year awards for junior coaches in the AFL Goldfields region.
In the youth category (under-13 to under-19), Dunolly’s Andrew Gibbs was named coach of the year for his work in the Maryborough Castlemaine District Football League, while North Ballarat’s John Polkinghorne received the junior category (under-9 to under-12) award.
Clubs are encouraged to nominate their coaches when nominations for ‘coach of the month’ open in 2014.