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.

Hawkes Bay, Wellington And East Coast Win Hurricanes Under 16 Trophies

In a scintillating Division A Final played at Trust House Memorial Park in Masterton today, a tenacious Hawkes Bay team hung on in referee's-time to win the coveted Don Broughton Shield for the first time since 2014. The Under 16 Magpies led by 27 points to 19 at half-time, after opening the scoring, but Wellington hit back to lead late in the second-half by 31 points to 30, with around 10 minutes to play.

A penalty and late converted try to Hawkes Bay to extend to their lead to 40 points to 31 seemed enough to win the game, but Wellington struck back with an unconverted try with less than 2 minutes on the clock and then secured possession and a number of penalties inside the Hawkes Bay red-zone. In referee's-time, a penalty infringement against Wellington gave Hawkes Bay the opportunity to seize a well-deserved victory, by 40 points to 36, for only the third time in the past decade.

In the Division B Final, played as a curtain-raiser, Hawkes Bay Development led the Wellington Development side by 13 points to 12 at half-time, but a second-half scoring blitz by the Wellingtonians saw them romp home by 40 points to 20, to successfully defend the Saracens Cup.

In today’s other Finals, Manawatu secured third place in Division A by defeating Poverty Bay by 62 points to 10, while third place in Division B was won by Wanganui in a hard-fought 33 points to 22 battle. In today’s other Consolation Final, Wairarapa-Bush defeated East Coast by 55 points to 17.

Ngati Porou East Coast were the winners of the Manaaki Tangata Trophy in 2018, which is awarded to the team which best demonstrates the values of the Tournament and overall team-spirit.

Photos of today’s presentations were kindly provided by Dave Brownlie.

You can see more photos from the Tournament, by clicking here.

You can read the Gisborne Herald's summary of Finals Day by clicking here.

A list of the Tournament Point-Scorers (by Provincial Union), can be found here.

(Published : 04/10/18)



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