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.

St. John’s College (Hastings) Win Life Members Cup

St. John’s College (Hastings) have won the first of the Council’s 2021 secondary school titles, with a 28 points to 17 win over Mana College (Wellington) at Ongley Park in Palmerston North.

Mana College finished 8th in the ten team Wellington Premiership competition, with 3 wins from 9 fixtures. St. John’s College finished in 10th place in the Central North Island (CNI) competition, with a solitary victory in 2021 before this match, against Francis Douglas Memorial College.

Mana College led the Cup Final by 14 points to 5 at half-time, but St. John’s added 23 points in the second-half while Mana College could only add a single penalty to their half-time score.

In other matches this week leading upto other Council secondary school finals, Manukura overwhelmed Feidling High School by 91 points to 7 in the Semi-Final for the Rex Kerr Cup, which they currently jointly hold with St. Mary’s College. Meanwhile, earlier this evening St. Mary’s College won the Wellington Girls Championship with a 17 points to 7 victory over Wainuiomata High School. Manukura will play St. Mary’s College for the Rex Kerr Cup on Wednesday, 29 September.

(Manukura and Feilding High School following their Semi-Final fixture)

(Published : 22/09/21)




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