Annual Under 15 Tournament

As part of Winter Tournament Week, the annual Under 15 Tournament comprises sixteen teams from secondary schools (on an invitational basis) who compete in a Cup and Plate section for the Rex Kerr Trophy.

Annual Under 16 Tournament

Every year in the third term school holidays, the Council holds New Zealand's premier tournament for Under 16 players, comprising teams from all member Provincial Unions, competing in two divisions for the Don Broughton Shield, the Saracens Cup and the Manaaki Tangata Trophy.

Annual Under 18 Tournament

Every year in September, the Council holds a competition for Under 18 teams from member Heartland Provincial Unions, with one team from the Wellington Samoan Rugby Union, competing for the TrustBank Central Secondary Schools Shield.

Annual Under 19 Seeding Tournament

This competition determines rankings for the Jock Hobbs Memorial Tournament and comprises teams from Wellington, Hawkes Bay and Manawatu, with a Barbarians Team (comprising players from these three Provincial Unions), competing for the Central Region Shield on a home and away basis.

Annual Under 20 Heartland Development Series

Comprising teams from the regions Heartland Provincial Unions, the Heartland Development Series is held annually over three weeks in Palmerston North, with teams competing for the Hurricanes Under 20 Cup.

Girls' Rugby Development Programmes

Every year, with the support of New Zealand Rugby, the Council provides Development Days, an Under 15 Tournament and an Under 18 Development Camp for young women within the Hurricanes Region.

Annual Hurricanes Sevens Tournament

The best secondary school Sevens players in the region (in Boys and Girls divisions) compete for the Hurricanes Secondary Schools Sevens Cup, played annually in Palmerston North.

Defending U18 Champions Lose Round 1 Fixture

At Porirua Park today, the current holders of the TrustBank Central Secondary School Shield were beaten by Wairarapa-Bush by 32 points to 22. The Wellington Samoa side has won back-to-back titles over the past two years, but were upset by the team that they defeated in the 2016 Final. Next week, they face Wanganui in an away match which they will need to win if they want to defend their title in 2018.

(You can see more photos from today's match, by clicking here).

In other matches played today, Wanganui overcame a resilient East Coast side in damp conditions at Ruatoria by 32 points to 0, while slightly further south in Gisborne, the Wellington Community side eventually prevailed over Poverty Bay by 34 points to 20. The other Round 1 fixture (played last weekend), saw the Wellington Centurions side defeat Horowhenua-Kapiti by 57 points to 7.

After Round 1, four teams have bagged bonus point victories. Next week sees the Wellington Centurions and Wellington Community sides face off, while in the other two matches, Horowhenua-Kapiti meets Poverty Bay, while Wairarapa-Bush hosts East Coast.

The TrustBank Central Secondary School Shield was donated to the former Central Region Secondary Schools governing body in the 1990’s by TrustBank Central (formerly Wanganui Savings Bank and Eastern & Central Savings Bank), which operated from Gisborne in the East to Masterton and Levin in the South and New Plymouth in the West.

(Published : 08/09/18)



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