From left, Peter Montgomery, Sam Adams, Jordon Thomas, Josh Clayden, Ray Barnes, Peter Hudson and George Swift (front).
Kaipara Flats Sports Club held its annual awards evening this month, finding athletes worthy of accolades despite interrupted sporting seasons due to Covid-19 last year.
The Kaipara Flats premier cricket team was named team of the year, after winning the Northland T20 competition, the inaugural Declaration Competition and the Dargaville Shield for highest overall points across all formats.
Prems cricketer Josh Cunis was named sportsperson of the year, winning the Mark and Clare Ryburn Memorial Trophy.
Cunis was selected for the Northland men’s team and was the top wicket taker for the season.
Secretary and stalwart Peter Hudson was awarded the Shirley Gubb Memorial Trophy for outstanding contribution to the club.
The club also gifted sportswoman George Swift with a scholarship to fund training, coaching, gear and transport to competitions.
Kaipara Flats Netball club named Jeanette Sanderson, Ekau Price, Jackie Dawson and Donna Wech life members for their long-term dedication to the club.
The Puhoi Axemen gave three awards to Jordon Thomas for his performance during the woodchopping season, including earning the most points – 52. Also honoured was Kayden Underwood, who received an award for earning the most points in northern shows, and Josh Clayden, who was awarded the Far Cup.
Guest speaker was former sports broadcaster Pete Montgomery, who was also named an honorary member of the Kaipara Flats Sports Club.
He gave a talk on past Americas Cup campaigns and hinted at what the future might hold for the cup.
The Kaipara Flats Sports Club bar and kitchen is open to the public and members from 6pm on Thursday evenings.