Taniwharau Rugby League Football Club is the epitome of a sports club.

The 74-year-old club is full of history and culture and finished its 2017 season with three big wins.

Its Premiers, Premier Reserves and Under 17s won their respective grades in the Waikato Rugby League competition last year.

And after winning the Waikato District Sports Awards 2017 Club of the Year category in November, the Huntly based club has been named as a finalist for the Brian Perry Waikato Regional Sports Awards Club of the Year Award to be held on February 1.

The awards celebrate and acknowledge sporting excellence and service in the greater Waikato region.

The event finalists showcase achievement from local grassroots clubs through to high performance level, and were selected from the winners and judges' recommendations from the eight District Sports Awards held last year.

There are a high calibre of finalists who have come from another busy sporting year in the Waikato, Sport Waikato CEO Matthew Cooper said.

"Our region always has such high levels of success from athletes across a broad range of sports locally, nationally and internationally," Cooper said.

"From the traditional sports like rugby and netball to yachting, motocross and wheelchair rugby – our finalists are achieving at every level in every type of sport."

World champion athletes, international and world class coaches, administrators and officials feature in this year's finalist list.

Sport Waikato Regional Capability and Events Advisor Gilly Alexander said judges had a tough job this year.

"The judges have included additional finalists in some categories this year as they found the judging exceptionally hard," Alexander said.

"Finding a winner with such a high standard of finalists is not easy and I commend them for their hard work."

For a full list of finalists visit the Sport Waikato website. Tickets can also be purchased from there at a cost of $95 each.

Winners will be announced on February 1, at Claudelands Conference and Exhibition Centre in Hamilton.

- Stuff


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