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The finalists have been named for the 2023 Central Hawke’s Bay Sport and Recreation Awards.

The winners from the eight categories will be announced on Friday the 8th of September.

The Supreme Winner – which is chosen from the winners of the Junior, Senior, and Team categories – will also be announced on the night.

The finalists in the Senior Sportsperson Category are Angus Schaw for cricket; Hayley McKay for Rugby; and Tyler Turfrey for squash.

The Junior finalists are Aimee Thomsen for motorcycle; and trampolinist Lachie Kirk.

The full list of finalists is available here.


The Magpies play the first of two home games this week tonight at McLean Park.

Waikato are their Round 3 Bunnings Warehouse NPC opponents tonight, with kick-off at 5.35pm.

The Hawke’s Bay Rugby Union is offering free entry to the game for kids who dress in their club colours.

Magpies Coach Brock James said three games in the space of a week is quite tough and challenges the depth of the squad.

A number of changes have been made to the starting line-up for the Magpies tonight from last weekend’s win over Counties Manukau.


It is semi-finals time in the Hawke’s Bay Super 8 Netball Competition.

The two local teams – Thirsty Whale Otane and Central Sports Vet Services – come up against each other tonight.

The other semi is between All In : Elusive and HHSOG Huias.

Both games start at 7.45pm at Pettigrew Green Arena.


Local retailers are being advised to up their security and keep vigilant following a recent spate of shoplifting in CHB.

Senior Constable Andy Walker said both local supermarkets have been targeted over the past week, with all kinds of items being taken – including alcohol and meat.

He said if supermarkets are being targeted, other shops will also be being looked at.