Annual Under 15 Boys' 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 Boys' 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 Boys' Competition

Every year in September, the Council holds a competition for Under 18 teams from member Provincial Unions, competing for the TrustBank Central Secondary Schools Shield first competed for in the 1990's.

Annual Under 19 Tournament

This competition comprises teams from Wellington, Hawkes Bay and Manawatu, and a Hurricanes Heartland Team (comprising players from the Council's member Heartland 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 two weeks, 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, hosted by Wairarapa-Bush.

Magpies Confirm Their Place As Under 18 Shield Front-Runners

The Hawkes Bay Saracens Under 18 team won a competitive and hard-fought victory against the Wellington Under 18 Centurions at Lyndhurst Park in Tawa this afternoon, by 26 points to 5.

The score does not give justice to the performance put into the match by the home-side, who were not only competitive throughout the match, but early in the second-half looked capable of mounting a come-back after going into the break behind on the score-board by 14 points to 0.

The visitors made an impact within two minutes of kick-off, with a surging break-out run by the Hawkes Bay full-back eventually resulting in a converted try under the posts. The rest of the first half was scoreless, with both sides guilty of losing the ball unecessarily when scoring opportunities looked promising. It was not until the stroke of half-time that the Magpies scored their second converted try.

While the Centurions were the first to score after the break, Hawkes Bay also took their chances with he score stuck on 19 points to 5 until the final minute of the match, when the visitors scored their fourth (bonus point) try to put them into top qualifying spot for the Grand Final, which will be played next weekend at a mutually agreed venue.

In today's other last-round match, the Wellington Samoan RFU doubled their half-time score at Evans Bay Park, to defeat the Wellington Maori RFU by 52 points to 12, after leading 26-12 at half-time. While Wellington Samoan RFU finished the round-robin on the same competition points as Hawkes Bay, the Magpies qualified top as a result of points differential.

The draw for next week's is: Hawkes Bay RFU  vs Wellington Samoan RFU for the Trustbank Central Secondary School Shield; Poverty Bay RFU vs Wellington Maori RFU for third place; and Whanganui RFU vs Centurions RFC for 5th place. (Venues to be confirmed this week).

(Published: 17/09/22)



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