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.

Bonus Points For Winning Teams In Under 18 Round One

Centurions (Wellington), Wairarapa-Bush, Wellington Samoa and Whanganui were all bonus point winners in the first round of the Trustbank Central Secondary School Shield competition, played this weekend.

In the closest of the matches played in Round 1, at Eketahuna, Wairarapa-Bush came surging back into the game after trailing Hawkes Bay Saracens by 7 points to 26 at half-time to win the match by 28 points to 26. Hawkes Bay came away with two bonus points from the match, which will give the team confidence heading into next week’s fixture against Manawatu.

In Whanganui, the home side were too strong for the Wellington Maori team, capitalising on a 19 points to nil half-time lead to go on and win the match by 45 points to 5. You can read a match report from Whanganui Rugby, by clicking here.

Paraparaumu RFC played host to the Wellington Samoa team who overpowered their Horowhenua-Kapiti counterparts by 72 points to 5, scoring 12 tries in total, in a match that was effectively over by half-time when the vistors led by 40 points to nil. Next week’s match between Wellington Samoa and Whanganui will be one to follow.

In the final match of Round 1, played on Sunday in Wellington, the Wellington Centurion’s scored four tries and secured a bonus point against Manawatu at Lyndhurst Park in Tawa. Next weekend, Manawatu host Hawkes Bay in Palmerston, which should be another great match-up. Other Round 2 fixtures will see Wellington Maori play Horowhenua-Kapiti, while the Centurions will host Wairarapa-Bush.

(With thanks to Mike Lewis for the photos used in this report).

(Published : 19/09/21)



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