NZ's favourite sporting moment finalists of 2013

LIAM HYSLOP
Last updated 15:51 13/01/2014
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SO CLOSE: Emirates Team New Zealand sails on one hull against Oracle Team USA during Race 8 of the 34th America's Cup yacht sailing race in San Francisco.

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A near-capsize, comebacks and a coming-of-age all feature on the shortlist of New Zealand's favourite sporting moments of 2013.

The 10 finalists for the Halberg award came from seven different sports and will now be put to a public vote to decide the country's most exciting, remarkable, or compelling sporting moment, game or series in last year.

In the coming-of-age department there was basketballer Steven Adams and golf sensation Lydia Ko.

Both turned professional last year, Adams after being signed by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA draft and the 16-year-old Ko after getting a special dispensation from the LPGA.

In the comeback area was Indycar motor racing champion Scott Dixon, the All Blacks and the Kiwis rugby league team.

Ryan Crotty's last-gasp try for the All Blacks against Ireland was in there, as was Shaun Johnson's try and conversion for the Kiwis against England a which put them into the Rugby League World Cup final against Australia.

Dixon was down and out at the halfway stage of the IndyCar season but staged a remarkable comeback to see off Brazilian Helio Castroneves in the final race of the season to take the title.

The near-capsize was provided by Emirates Team New Zealand during race eight of their ill-fated America's Cup challenge.

Other notable inclusions were the New Zealand Breakers winning the Australian National Basketball League for the third straight year, the Black Sox taking out the softball world championship and the Chiefs claiming back-to-back Super Rugby titles.

Neither cricket nor football appeared on the list, although there were few memorable moments for New Zealand in either sport in 2013.

Corey Anderson's record-breaking century for the Black Caps would almost certainly have made the list but he will have to wait until next year as that moment took place on New Year's Day, 2014.

Halberg Disability Sport Foundation CEO Geoff Burgess said the award was all about Kiwis having their say.

"This award gives sports fans the opportunity to honour the athletes and teams who created the defining sports highlights of 2013," he said.

"The finalists' list features some memorable moments which captured the nation's attention and passion for sport." The finalists were selected by a panel of media representatives who compiled the list for the public to vote on.

To vote visit sportingmoments.co.nz or text SM and the moment number to 455.

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Everyone who votes in the New Zealand Favourite Sporting Moment award goes in the draw to win a trip for two including flights and accommodation to the 51st Westpac Halberg Awards at Vector Arena, Auckland on February 13, 2014.

The full list of 2013 New Zealand's Favourite Sporting Moment finalists are:

1. The New Zealand Black Sox winning the Softball World Championship

2. The New Zealand Breakers winning their third straight Australian National Basketball League Championship

3. Steven Adams being picked by the Oklahoma City Thunder in the NBA draft

4. The Chiefs winning back to back Super Rugby titles

5. Emirates Team New Zealand nearly capsizing in race 8 of the America's Cup

6. The All Blacks recording an epic test victory over South Africa at Ellis Park

7. Golfer Lydia Ko turns professional at just 16 years of age

8. Scott Dixon winning the 2013 IndyCar title

9. Shaun Johnson's last minute try that helped the Kiwis beat England in the Rugby League World Cup semi final

10. Ryan Crotty's last-gasp try against Ireland which secured the All Blacks perfect season.

- Stuff

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