New Zealand’s Black Ferns sevens team won the country’s prestigous ISPA Handa Halberg Award for team of the year at the Spark Arena in Auckland on Thursday.
The women’s version of the All Blacks Sevens have been the dominant team on the HSBC World Sevens Series this season and are Commonwealth Games and World Cup champions after taking out the latter title in San Francisco last year.
Congratulations to Commonwealth Games Gold medalists the @blackferns Sevens on winning the @isps_handa Team of the Year Award at the #ISPSHandaHalbergAwards
@halbergfoundation #EarnTheFern 🌿#TheNZTeam pic.twitter.com/aIsPY4A5VM
— NZ Olympic Team (@nzolympics) February 21, 2019
They were up against some mighty opposition with the All Blacks Sevens, NZ Football Under 17 Women’s team, the women’s Kayaking team and the Blacks Sticks women’s hockey squad. also nominated.
They celebrated their award by performing the Tika Tonu haka with family members performing the Tika Tonu haka.
Kelly Brazier’s long-range solo try in extra time to secure gold for the Black Ferns Sevens against Australia at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games final was nominated for sports moment of the year but she lost out to Anna Leat’s successful penalty shootout against Japan, leading New Zealand into the semi-final of the FIFA Under-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay.
Main photo: Black Ferns players at the awards. Credit: Twitter