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Another huge accolade for the One New Zealand Warriors with the public voting the club the winner of 2023’s New Zealand Favourite Sporting Moment at the Halberg Awards in Auckland on Wednesday night.

In an award decided exclusively by fans, the Warriors headed off nine other finalists with their astounding comeback win over Cronulla Sutherland on April 2.

Shaun Johnson nailed a clutch penalty in the final seconds to secure a remarkable 32-30 win after the One New Zealand Warriors had recovered from a 0-20 deficit midway through the first half.

Once voting opened for the award the public gathered behind the One New Zealand Warriors just as they did throughout the club’s exceptional 2023 NRL campaign.

“The victory over the Sharks is up there as one of the biggest wins and biggest moments in our club’s history,” said One New Zealand Warriors CEO Cameron George.

“To come back like that, the determination the side showed, summed up our season overall I thought.

“We had the fans showing amazing support for us all season and they’ve shown it again by voting for the club to win this award. We thank them so much for their commitment to us.”

The win over the Sharks came early in a season which saw the One New Zealand Warriors secure a top four spot for the first time since 2007 before they went on to finish one win short of making the grand final.

The One New Zealand Warriors were also finalists in the Team of the Year category which was won by the Black Ferns Sevens.

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