Hawke’s Bay kept a stranglehold on the national Rural Sportsman of the Year title with a win by farm fencer Tony Bouskill at the third annual rural sports awards in Palmerston North.
The presentation was made to the 28-year-old Napier man at the third annual Norwood awards on Friday night, ahead of the fifth Hilux New Zealand Rural Games over the weekend.
The presentation was made by inaugural winner and Maraekakaho shearer Rowland Smith after a record-breaking year in 2016, and last year it was won by 2017 World champion Hawke’s Bay shearer John Kirkpatrick.
Bouskill’s triumph recognised his win in last year’s Golden Pliers national farm fencing final at Fieldays last year, succeeding and beating father and three-times winner Shane Bouskill.
Photo: Napier farm fencer Tony Bouskill in Palmerston North after winning the Norwood New Zealand Rural Sportsman of the Year title on Friday. Photo / Doug Laing
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Posted: 15 March 2019