The Hawke's Bay Magpies became only the second team to claim the supreme award at the Forsyth Barr Hawke's Bay Sports Awards in the event's 53rd year on Saturday night.
The Medallion Napier City Rovers side of 1993, who were winners of the Chatham Cup and National Superclub Cup and were also crowned Central Superclub Champions, are the only other team to claim the supreme award.
The Hawke's Bay Magpies, who earlier in the evening claimed the Tremains Senior Team of the Year, had a stellar year in what was heavily impacted by Covid-19.
With the Mitre10 Cup Championship Trophy and Ranfurly Shield in the bag, the team also supported the East Coast Rural Trust by donating $16,813 through charity jersey auctions.
The Senior Team of the Year title is the eighth the Hawke's Bay rugby representative side has claimed and topped off an impressive evening for the code with Daniel Waenga (Official of the Year) and Mark Ozich (Coach of the Year) also winning their respective categories, as well as Israel Dagg being inducted into the Sports Hall of Fame.
More than 470 guests were on hand at Taradale's Pettigrew Green Arena to celebrate the achievements of individuals, teams, clubs and loyal serving volunteers.
Forsyth Barr Investment Adviser Matt Carney says, "As a New Zealand-owned investment advisory firm with a history of over 80 years, Forsyth Barr has always supported local New Zealand communities and are proud to sponsor the Forsyth Barr Hawke's Bay Sports Awards. We congratulate all of the finalists and the winners in each category, particularly the Forsyth Barr Hawke's Bay Supreme Winner, the Hawke's Bay Magpies and the Sports Hall of Fame inductee, Israel Dagg".
In an increasingly strong category, Central Football claimed the Three Wise Birds Innovation in Sport Category following their 2018 award.
The "Breaking Down Barriers' 24-hour event that Central Football ran was recognised for supporting a new fund set up by the regional sports organisation to assist those that may need financial support to participate in the sport.
With more than 50 teams and 2000 players across all age ranges and abilities, the event was enough to claim the award over other notable finalists in Hastings Girls' High School and their 'Akina Colour Shamozzle' event, Hawke's Bay Hockey's successful YUP programme and Triathlon Hawke's Bays ability to navigate Covid-19 and be innovative with the way they were able to run a range of events during lockdown.
New Vantage Men's Blackstick Sean Findlay continued an impressive weekend, claiming the EIT Junior Sportsperson of the Year in the same weekend he made his debut for the national men's side along with scoring a goal against the Australian champion team.
David Greene and Donnette Daly were recognised for their ongoing contribution to football and basketball respectively.
Greene, a life member of the Taradale Football Club has been team manager for 34 straight years, taking in more than 600 games as a volunteer. While Daly has been a driving force, both on the court but also off it upskilling a number of young officials across the region to help grow the game.
Both were noted as very worthy recipients of the Glenn Cook Technologies Lifetime Contribution to Sport award on the evening.
■ Full list of winners
Sportsground.com Administrator of the Year – Paula Hansen; Football
Nimon & Sons Sport Organisation of the Year – Canoe Polo Hawke's Bay
Zeelandt Brewery Grassroots Club of the Year – Triathlon Hawke's Bay
Three Wise Birds Innovation in Sport & Recreation – Central Football; Breaking Down Barriers
Brebner Print Official of the Year – Daniel Waenga; Rugby Union
Kennedy Park Resort Napier Masters Sportsperson of the Year – Lance Baylis; Powerlifting
Petane Wines Coach of the Year – Mark Ozich; Rugby Union
The Hits People's Choice – Ethan Rusbatch; Basketball
Glenn Cook Technologies Lifetime Contribution to Sport – David Greene; Football and Donnette Daly; Basketball
Stirling Sports Junior Sports Team of the Year – Havelock North High School Girls' A; Canoe Polo
Tremains Senior Sports Team of the Year – Hawke's Bay Magpies; Rugby
EIT Junior Sportsperson of the Year – Sean Findlay; Hockey
Paladin Disabled Sportsperson of the Year – Guy Harrison; Athletics
Hawke's Bay Today Senior Sportsperson of the Year – Tom Mackintosh; Rowing
Forsyth Barr Hawke's Bay Sportsperson of the Year – Hawke's Bay Magpies; Rugby