The Black Sticks Women received a sneaky surprise at the International Hockey Open in Darwin after defeating the hosts Australia 2-0 to claim gold in the final.

For their efforts, the Kiwis, perhaps reluctantly, received a large wooden plaque - carved in the shape of Australia. Uh, thanks a lot guys...

It's not the first time a sport's weird creative side has triumphed over tradition, with a variety of trophies - for golf in particular - taking form in all shapes and sizes.

The Tiger Woods Hero World Challenge trophy, for instance, is one of the more unusual trophies dished out to that tournaments winners.


The trophy looks more appropriate in a children's bedroom, but the tournament itself is for a good cause, with funds from the tournament raised for the Tiger Woods Foundation to help improve health, education and welfare of children in America.

The Sanderson Farms Championship also provides a bizarre trophy to its champion, with the award taking form in a bronze rooster.

The most recent winner was Peter Malnati, winning the odd trophy in November last year in Jackson, Florida.

Similar to the International Hockey Open trophy, the Africa Open award is simply a large wooden plaque, carved into the shape of the continent the tournament is set in, which in this instance is Africa.

The current champion is Trevor Fisher Jr, one of the six South Africans to have won the trophy, with no other golfer of a different nationality having the honor of lifting the unique trophy.