The basketballers lost and so did the Napier City Rovers soccer players.
But the Stortford Autosales Hawke's Bay senior men's golf team gave the region something to cheer about yesterday.
For the first time since 1964, the predominantly young Blair Shaw-captained eight-man side beat their Wellington counterparts 11-8 at courses in the windy capital city.
No3 Russell Mitchell, from Maraenui Golf Club, stood out as the Bay went into yesterday morning needing three wins to clinch the bragging rights but coming away with four.
"It was blowing up to 80km/h and raining, so it was difficult conditions," team manager Allen Forrest said of the Miramar Golf Club course.
The under-19s and the HB-Poverty Bay women's sides both lost 6-3.
NoMax Gill had a win and a loss but Forrest said No2 Tyson Tawera in the four-man age-group outfit also showed his prowess.
For the four-woman team, No2 Jamie McIvor and and No 4 Tess MacDonald registered good victories on a trying day in the weather.
The amateur representative season tees off campaigns for the November interprovincials.