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Hawke’s Bay Football Coach In Line for Halberg Glory

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Hawke’s Bay coach Leon Birnie and his girls will have their night of glory after being named as finalists for the 2019 Halberg Awards.

Birnie coached the team to New Zealand football history, all the way to third place at the Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Uruguay.

The Central Football administrator is up against the Kiwi-born Irish rugby coach Joe Schmidt for the coach of the year gong. Allan Bunting (rugby union), Clark Laidlaw (rugby union) and Gordon Walker (canoe racing) were also named as finalists on Thursday.

His team will be up against both NZ Sevens teams, the NZ Women’s Kayaking Team (canoe racing) and the Black Sticks women (hockey) for team of the year.

Photo: Leon Birnie, New Zealand Football women’s under-20 coach.

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Posted: 11 January 2019

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