May 20, 2022

 

New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) is proud to announce that 2022 will see the much-awaited return of the National Secondary Schools Tournament, one of the most significant events in the rugby league calendar.

After a three year hiatus, schools from around the motu will be able to again showcase their rugby league talent as the best young players in Aotearoa battle it out in the Bay of Plenty. Puketawhero Park and the International Stadium in Rotorua will host the competition for the first time.

The 2022 National Secondary Schools tournament will also introduce two new grades, with the U15 Boys Carnival and the inaugural Girls Championship adding more exciting rugby league to an already blockbuster event.

The competition will be spread over eight days, with the U15 Boys Carnival kicking off on Saturday, 27 August, from Bay of Plenty’s Puketawhero Park. The Senior Boys and Girls grades will conclude the tournament, playing their finals on Saturday the 3rd of September.

Senior Secondary Schools qualify through Zonal and regional qualifiers to reach the Rotorua-based competition. Each team entering the National Secondary Schools Tournament must have a referral from their respective Zone contact.

If you would like to receive more information, please register your interest here: https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/198093

 

 

National Secondary Schools Tournament

U15 Boys Carnival, Saturday 27 – Monday 29 August 2022

Venue; Puketawhero Park, Rotorua

–      Up to 16 teams

–      Composite schools permitted.

 

Senior Boys, Tuesday 30 August – Saturday 3 September 2022

Venue; Puketawhero Park, Rotorua

 

Senior Boys Premiership

–      Up to 12 teams

 

Senior Boys Championship

–      Up to 12 teams

–      Composite schools permitted.

 

Girls, Tuesday 30 August – Saturday 3 September 2022

Venue; International Stadium, Rotorua

Girls Championship

–      Up to 16 teams

–      Composite schools permitted.

 

 

Team Accommodation in Rotorua

 

New Zealand Rugby League work alongside and recommend Rotorua Information Site to assist with team accommodation for teams travelling to Rotorua.

If teams are needing assistance in finding accommodation please contact Kyle Kydd.

Kyle Kydd, Visitor Experience Manager; M +64 217 600 52 | e: [email protected]

 

13 May 2021

New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) will be selecting a New Zealand Girls Schools (18s) team off the back of the inaugural NZRL Girls Secondary Schools Tournament in August this year.

NZRL recently announced the return of its National Secondary Schools Tournament for 2021 after a two-year hiatus coupled with the inclusion of the inaugural Girls Secondary School division.

The NZ Girls Schools team will play a fixture against either a domestic or international opponent, subject to COVID restrictions. More detail on the NZ Girls School fixture will be announced in the coming months.

NZRL GM of Football and High Performance, Motu Tony, says: “This is an exciting milestone for our women’s game that’s only continuing to grow in strength.”

“We saw the success of the NZ Schools v Clubs 18s fixture for the boys last year, and we always had the intention of emulating this for the girls.

The NZ Girls School team will involve the top performers in the inaugural Girls Tournament, just as the NZ Schools 18s team makes up the best of the NZRL Boys Secondary Schools Tournament.

“Being able to host this fixture adds an extra layer of incentive for our players and we hope to see the Secondary School Girls Tournament grow in strength each year.”

Auckland’s Pulman Park will play host to the 2021 NZRL Secondary School Tournament(s) from Monday, August 30, with all finals expected to take place Friday, September 3.

NZRL is still taking registrations for both Girls and Boys Tournaments. To register your interest in the NZRL Secondary School Competition, please click here.

Due to the ongoing implications of the Covid-19 outbreak, New Zealand Rugby League regrets to advise that all NZRL run representative competitions and tournaments have been called off for the remainder of the year.

Community and Club competitions and trainings are still currently postponed until May 2 with that date to be reviewed in due course.

Due to the current uncertain revenue lines, these representative competitions would place too big of a financial burden on the Zones. International rugby league has also been cancelled for the foreseeable future, and NZRL has ceased all non-essential expenditure.

Greg Peters, NZRL CEO, “We are extremely disappointed that these competitions will not happen in 2020, but unfortunately, it was a decision that had to be made for the financial longevity of our game.

“Due to the extensive consequences of this pandemic across the code, we have had to make some significant short term sacrifices in order to see the game thrive long after this virus is contained.

“The impact and influence rugby league has is felt widespread both on and off the field. Although unprecedented, this decision was made fully with the longevity of our game in mind and the important role it plays within our communities.”

NZRL will provide a further update on club and community competitions in due course. Once lockdown restrictions are lifted, the focus will be on getting the grassroots game operating as quickly as possible.

New Zealand Rugby League has made the executive decision to cancel next week’s NZRL Secondary Schools competition in light of the current measles outbreak.

The Secondary School’s competition was to be held at Pulman Park, Takanini from the 2nd – 6th of September, hosting 26 schools from across the country. Several of the schools involved have recorded measles cases among their students in the past week.

Unfortunately, the occurrence of measles has been most prevalent in South Auckland, with Counties Manukau DHB recording 72% (527) of Auckland’s 731 confirmed cases of measles. With this in mind, we do not want to risk potentially exposing others travelling for the tournament. The health and safety of the players, staff, supporters and volunteers are paramount above all else.

Greg Peters, CEO of NZRL, says: “This is an unfortunate outcome, as our Secondary Schools Tournament is one of our most exciting events, but it is the only decision that can be made under these circumstances. We sought medical advice and liaised with stakeholders who all agreed with our positioning. We understand people may be disappointed by our decision and we apologise for any inconvenience caused; however, the welfare of our players and all involved in the tournament comes first.”

Dr John Mayhew, Head of NZRL Medical Advisory, says: “The vaccination status of the participants in this tournament is uncertain therefore the risk of transmission is very high. It is not appropriate for NZRL to host the tournament under these circumstances.”

Garry Carnachan, CEO of New Zealand Secondary Schools Sports Council, says: “Rugby League have identified a number of additional risk factors that are unique to this event which we appreciate. These factors are difficult to mitigate and Rugby League have therefore made the decision to cancel this event.”

It was a third-time lucky fairy-tale ending for Kelston Boys’ High School who were crowned National Secondary Schools title winners today at Pulman Park. The boys in red finally put the heartache of 2016 and 2017’s finals losses behind them, sealing a sweet 16-14 victory over St. Paul’s College.

Kelston Boys’ High School captain, Kadiyae Ioka was named MVP of the Permiership final and was pleased his team could get the win to round-off his final year at the tournament as a year 13 student.

“For two years now we’ve come up against Southern Cross Campus in the final and been runners-up. This year we can finally take the shield home,”

“It’s been one of the best weeks of my life. Our team have really bonded and this tournament is always an amazing experience but this one has to be the best yet,” he said.

However, Ioka was the first to admit the match was no easy win.

After several minutes of back and forth, St Paul’s College put first points on the board, a reward for their composure and power up front in the first 10 minutes of the game. Their promising start was matched by Kelston when half Konrad Tu’a dummied to take a try for himself, which unlike St Paul’s first try, was converted successfully.

Kelston drew strength from their two-point lead which was bad news for their opposition whose energy tanks were depleting by the minute. The score remained unchanged, Kelston going into the halftime break up 6-4.

The second half seemed to deal blow after blow to St Paul’s as their metres gained were more often than not, doubled back by the skillful maneuvers of Kelston’s halves and wingers.

St Paul’s looked set for a change in momentum only three tackles into their set when Kelston’s left winger, Raymon Tuaimalo Vaega intercepted the ball running 50 metres to touch down near the posts.

A heavy percentage of possession had Kelston get across the line minutes later too, the scoreboard reading 16-4 after a successful conversion.

But, St Paul’s weren’t down and out yet. The footwork of Sione Moala punched a hole in the Kelston defence to send his teammate Jonah Polota-Kopa over the chalk. Moala then converted taking the score to 16-6.

Minutes away from the final whistle, the Polota-Kopa try proved to be the spark they needed. Powerhouse Antonio Aufai bulldozed through the Kelston defence to send his supporters into hysterics, all they needed now was a successful conversion to take Kelston to golden point.

The unthinkable happened though – the ball bounced off the post with a sigh of relief heard from the Kelston camp. At 16-14 on the final whistle, Kelston were finally victorious.

A new winner also rose to the top in the Development Grade final with Howick College defeating Onehunga High School in their final, 16-10.

Premiership Final MVP: Kadiyae Ioka

Development Final MVP: Dray Roberts

Premiership Results:

1st/2nd Kelston Boys’ High School 16 St Paul’s College 14

3rd/4th Rotorua Boys’ High School 4 Mt Albert Grammar School 26

5th/6th Wesley College 20 Manurewa High School 18

7th/8th Manukura School 16 St Thomas of Canterbury 20

9th/10th Southern Cross Campus 28 Westlake Boys’ High School 20

11th/12th Otahuhu College 24 Tokoroa High School 22

13th/14th Whangarei Boys’ High School 16 James Cook High School 30

Development Results:

15th/16th Howick College 16 Onehunga High School 10

17th/18th Whangaparaoa College 20 Papakura High School 26

19th/20th Manawatu College 24 Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate 26

21st/22nd Naenae College 44 Haeata Community Campus 21

It’ll be a Kelston Boys’ High School v St Paul’s College Premiership National Secondary Schools Final at Pulman Park tomorrow.

Thanks to a 22-6 win over Mt Albert Grammar School today, a repeat result of the Auckland Rugby League College final earlier this year, Kelston will progress to the final where they’ll take on St Paul’s College who overcame Rotorua Boys’ High School 26-10 in their semi-final.

For the past two years, Kelston Boys’ High School have met Southern Cross Campus in the premiership final, where Southern Cross were triumphant on both occasions. However, this year could see a new champion crowned if St Paul’s come out on top.

Although Whangaparaoa College showed promise running in the first four points of the match against Howick College in their Development Grade semi-final, Howick College powered past them to bring home a 26-6 win.

The other Development semi-final brought about the nail-biter of the day with last year’s finalists Onehunga High School pipping Papakura High School, 24-22.

Manukura started the week off with a bang beating defending champions Southern Cross Campus but today found themselves at the mercy of Wesley College, defeated 18-14. Manukura will come up against South Islanders, St Thomas of Canterbury playing off for seventh and eighth while Wesley College will face Manurewa in a bid to finish fifth.

Otahuhu returned to the tournament this year for the first time since their Premiership victory in 2015 blooding new talent – the school Roger Tuivasa-Sheck was playing for when he was first scouted at National Secondary Schools.

At the Awards night held at Mt Smart, Whangarei Boys’ High School picked up one of the most prestigious awards, ‘MIT More than just a game Team of the Tournament’ for their attitude, performance and respect on and off the field.

New Zealand 16s representative and St Paul’s College student, Sione Moala also claimed the Player of the Tournament award following an outstanding week in the halves for his team.

Click here to view the Finals draw for Friday, 7 September

National Secondary Schools Tournament Awards

Match Official of the Year Development Grade – Kevin Ah-Ken

Match Official of the Year Premier Grade – Joseph Green

Trainer of the Tournament – Dallas Courtney (Whangaparaoa College)

Manager of the Tournament – Katie Spraggon (Manurewa High School)

Coach of the Tournament – Dave McDermoott  (St Paul’s College)

MTJAG Team of the Tournament – Whangarei Boys High School

Best Cultural Salute – Manukura

Best & Fairest Development – Shae Grey (Manawatu College)

Player of the Tournament (Premiership) – Sione Moala (St Paul’s College)

 

New Zealand Secondary Schools Tournament Team

  1. Moala Graham-Taufa – Mt Albert Grammar
  2. Zion Tanielu – Kelston Boys’ High School
  3. Lani Graham-Taufa – Mt Albert Grammar School
  4. Christian Tuipulotu – St Paul’s College
  5. Selestino Ravutaumada – Rotorua Boys’ High School
  6. Kadiyae Ioka – Kelston Boys’ High School
  7. Sione Moala – St Paul’s College
  8. Junior Pua – Manurewa High School
  9. Blade Kamuhemu – St Paul’s College
  10. Caius Fa’atili – St Thomas of Canterbury
  11. Nitoa Kairau – Southern Cross Campus
  12. Elijah Ireriko – Mt Albert Grammar
  13. Tuki Simpkins – Rotorua Boys’ High School
  14. Konrad Tu’ua – Kelston Boys’ High School
  15. Antonio Aufai – St Paul’s College
  16. Eteru Ropeti – Kelston Boys’ High School
  17. Jonah Palota-Kopa – St Paul’s College

 

Premiership

Manukura 14 Wesley College 18

Southern Cross Campus 22 Otahuhu College 2

St Paul’s College 26 Rotorua Boys’ High School 10

Whangarei Boys’ High School 4 James Cook High School 22

Kelston Boys’ High School 22 Mt Albert Grammar School 6

Manurewa High School 24 St Thomas of Canterbury 18

Tokoroa High School 6 Westlake Boys’ High School 22

Development

Whangaparaoa College 6 Howick Collee 26

Manawatu College 26 Naenae College 20

Haeata Community Campus 10 Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate 52

Papakura High School 22 Onehunga High School 24

NZRL NATIONAL SECONDARY SCHOOLS TOURNAMENT DAY 3
Bruce Pulman Park, Papakura
Wednesday, September 5

 

The contenders for both the Premiership and Development titles emerged on day three of the NZRL National Secondary Schools Tournament in Auckland, with the top qualifiers now confirmed ahead of the play-offs starting on Thursday.

In the top tier, St Paul’s fended off a fast-finishing Southern Cross Campus to pick up their third win, 20-16, after leading 14-0 at the break, while fellow Auckland heavyweights Kelston Boys’ High School assured themselves of topping Pool B by producing a shutout 32-0 victory over Manurewa High School.

St Paul’s and Kelston both advance as top qualifiers of their pools.

St Thomas of Canterbury College and Westlake Boys’ High School traded tries through the first half and were locked at 12 points apiece early in the second half, before the Canterbury side piled on the points late, with wingers Levani Rova and Cormack Tarrant bagging doubles, to win 36-16.

St Thomas coach Andrew Auimatagi said he was pleased with the way his side came through to finish second in a tough Pool D, which included top Auckland sides Mt Albert Grammar and Westlake Boys’ High School.

“We’ve showed a lot of fight,” he said.

“It’s definitely been pleasing to hold our own and beat two Auckland teams. It was a bit of an unknown for us coming up here and playing against high-level opposition.”

In other action, Wesley College bounced back from a two-point loss to Otahuhu on Tuesday, running out 56-6 winners over Whangarei Boys’ High School, with fleet-footed back Tuhi Pompey and hooker Vaka Sikahele both registering hat-tricks.

Two late tries weren’t enough to save Tokoroa High School from a 28-22 loss to Manukura, who led 22-6 at the break and had centre Arapere Ratima score a double.

Mt Albert Grammar School overcame a sluggish start to down James Cook High School 22-6 thanks to 14 unanswered points in the second half, winning Pool D in the process, while centre Selesitino Ravutaumada bagged a double to make it seven tries in two games, helping Rotorua Boys’ High School top Pool C with a gritty 22-12 win over former national champions, Otahuhu College.

In the Development Grade, a 22-point individual effort from hooker Ilisoni Rauhihi – which included a hat-trick of tries and five conversions – did much of the damage for Manawatu College as they powered past Haeata Community Campus 38-10.

A strong defensive showing late in the match got Howick College home 26-16 against Wellington’s Naenae College, while two unanswered tries in the second stanza lifted Whangaparoa College past Papakura High School 24-12, after scores were tied at half-time.

Whangaparoa qualify through Pool E with an undefeated record.

Onehunga eased past Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate 26-4 in the final Development match of day three, for a win which assured them of topping Pool F.

Premiership
St Paul’s College 20 Southern Cross Campus 16, Kelston Boys’ High School 32 Manurewa High School 0, Wesley College 56 Whangarei Boys’ High School 6, St Thomas of Canterbury College 36 Westlake Boys’ High School 16, Tokoroa High School 22 Manukura 28, Mt Albert Grammar School 22 James Cook High School 6, Rotorua Boys’ High School 22 Otahuhu College 12

Development
Haeata Community Campus 10 Manawatu College 38, Naenae College 16 Howick College 26, Papakura High School 24 Whangaparoa College 24, Onehunga High School 26 Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate 4

 

A number of schools flexed their muscle on day two of the NZRL National Secondary Schools Tournament on Tuesday, clocking up big victories under the Auckland sun at Pulman Park.

Perhaps most emphatic was the statement made by Rotorua Boys’ High School, who led by a five-try haul from rangy centre Selesitino Ravutaumada, and 18 points via the accurate boot of halfback Ceiza James, ran in more than a point a minute to beat Whangarei Boys’ High School 58-0.

Mt Albert Grammar were also convincing winners, getting up 44-0 over fellow Aucklanders Westlake Boys’ High School, with the win establishing them as outright leaders of Pool D, while St Thomas of Canterbury beat James Cook High School 40-20 in the group’s other game.

Otahuhu College edged out a valuable 18-16 victory over Wesley College to go clear at the top of Pool C, with centre Keenan Joe’s perfect converting the difference in a game where both sides scored three tries.

Manurewa raced out to an early 24-0 lead over Tokoroa, and despite the Waikato school hitting back with a pair of tries to winger Leevon Uili, Manurewa held on to pick up their first win of the campaign 36-10.

Southern Cross Campus showed a marked improvement on their day one effort, which finished in a 28-6 loss to Manukura, to secure a valuable 22-all draw against Auckland champions Kelston Boys’ High School.

Both halfbacks were standouts for their sides, with Konrad Tu’ua scoring 14 of Kelston’s points and Southern Cross’s William Fakatoumafi crossing for a try and kicking three goals.

After trailing St Paul’s 16-0 at the break, Manukura staged a brave second-half comeback, scoring three tries but ultimately falling just short in a 24-18 loss, with the victory leaving St Paul’s as the only undefeated team in Pool A.

In the Development Grade, a big second half from Papakura saw them overcome Manawatu College 44-14, after leading by just six at the break.

Whangaparoa College picked up their second win, downing Haeata Community Campus 30-16, with Whangaparoa halfback Notana Snowden extending his impressive goalkicking streak to a perfect nine from nine over the opening two games.

Goalkicking proved the difference in the third Development Grade game of the day as well, with Howick and Onehunga both scoring three tries, but the latter getting home for a 16-12 victory thanks to a pair of successful conversions.

A three-try showing from centre Rayden Fotu got Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate the win against a determined Naenae College, 26-16.

NZRL NATIONAL SECONDARY SCHOOLS TOURNAMENT DAY 2
Bruce Pulman Park, Papakura
Tuesday, September 4

Premiership
Wesley College 16 Otahuhu 18, Rotorua Boys’ High School 58 Whangarei Boys’ High School 0, Tokoroa High School 10 Manurewa High School 36, Mt Albert Grammar School 44 Westlake Boys’ High School 0, St Thomas of Canterbury College 40 James Cook High School 20, Kelston Boys’ High School 22 Southern Cross Campus 22, St Paul’s College 24 Manukura 18

Development
Papakura High School 44 Manawatu College 14, Haeata Community Campus 16 Whangaparoa College 30, Onehunga High School 16 Howick College 12, Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate 26 Naenae College 16

Manukura made an emphatic statement to kick off the 2018 NZRL National Secondary Schools Tournament at Auckland’s Pulman Park, powering past defending champions Southern Cross Campus 28-6 in the first game of the day.

Things looked ominous when Southern Cross opened the scoring on five minutes, but from that point on the Palmerston North outfit were completely dominant, scoring five unanswered tries to blow the scoreline out.

There were no such teething issues for Southern Cross’ Auckland counterparts Kelston Boys’ High School, who less than two weeks after winning their Auckland competition, struck twice in the second stanza to beat Tokoroa High School 14-6, after scores had been locked up at six apiece at the break.

A blistering first half, which yielded 28 points, set St Paul’s College up for victory over Manurewa High School 32-18. Matthew Savelio and 2017 New Zealand 16s Player of the Year Christian Tuipolotu both scored doubles for St Paul’s.

Mt Albert Grammar School edged past St Thomas of Canterbury College 24-18, with 2018 New Zealand Residents 16s player Moala Graham-Taufa scoring a key try from fullback, while at the same time on the main field Otahuhu College produced a shutout 32-0 victory over Whangarei Boys’ High School to jump to the top of the four-team Pool C.

Doubles to Cayle Maxwell and Cody Tolua helped lift Westlake Boys’ High School to a comfortable 28-6 win over James Cook High School, which gives them the early lead in Pool D.

Haeata Community Campus and Papakura High School played out a thriller to open the Development Grade side of the draw, with Haeata scoring a converted try inside the final 10 minutes to snatch a 12-all draw.

Whangaparoa College got off to a winning start, downing Manawatu College 24-12, with halfback Notana Snowden’s perfect boot a key difference for the Aucklanders, while Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate were too strong for fellow Aucklanders Howick College winning 22-10, and Onehunga High School ran out 34-12 victors over Naenae College.

Motu Tony, the recently-appointed New Zealand Rugby League General Manager of High Performance, said he had been impressed by the overall quality of the opening day.

“I’ve liked what I’ve seen. Today the rain and wind meant they were testing conditions for the young men, but they stood up to it well,” Tony said.

“I’m encouraged by what I see, and for me this is really exciting to see as I move into this new role.

“It’s a great chance to get a look at the players from different regions, and this tournament really is about showcasing New Zealand league”

NZRL NATIONAL SECONDARY SCHOOLS TOURNAMENT DAY 1
Bruce Pulman Park, Papakura
Monday, September 3

Premiership
St Paul’s College 32 Manurewa High School 18, Manukura 28 Southern Cross Campus 6, Wesley College 10 Rotorua Boys’ High School 4, Kelston Boys’ High School 14 Tokoroa High School 6, Otahuhu College 32 Whangarei Boys’ High School 0, Mt Albert Grammar School 24 St Thomas of Canterbury College 18, Westlake Boys’ High School 28 James Cook High School 6

Development
Haeata Community Campus 12 Papakura High School 12, Whangaparoa College 24 Manawatu College 12, Sir Edmund Hillary Collegiate 22 Howick College 10, Onehunga High School 34 Naenae College 12

The 2018 National Secondary Schools Tournament kicks off on Monday 3 September with 22 teams (8 Development grade and 14 Premiership grade) who will descend upon Papakura’s Pulman Park. With representation from all seven zones around New Zealand including Akarana, Counties Manukau, Wellington, Mid Central, Upper Central, Southern and Northland, each school will battle it out for the ultimate boasting rights.

Development Grade: Haeata Community Campus, Howick College, Naenae College, Onehunga High School, Papakura High School, Sir Edmund Hillary College, Whangaparaoa College, Manawatu College.

Premiership Grade: James Cook High School, Kelston Boys High School, Manukura School, Manurewa High School, Mt Albert Grammar School, Otahuhu College, Rotorua Boys High School, Southern Cross Campus, St Paul’s College, St Thomas Of Canterbury College, Tokoroa High School, Wesley College, Westlake Boys High School, Whangarei Boys High School.

The National Secondary Schools Tournament kicks off next week at Pulman Park in Auckland. Take a look at the pools for this year

Posted by New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) on Wednesday, 29 August 2018

You can watch the Development and Premiership finals on Friday on Sky Sport while the Exhibition girls game between Auckland Rugby League finalists, Sir Edmund Hillary College and Aorere College will be livestreamed on the New Zealand Rugby League Facebook page.

The below games throughout the week will also be livestreamed on the New Zealand Rugby League Facebook page:

DAY 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Manukura V

Southern Cross Campus

(1.00pm)

Rotorua Boys V

Whangarei Boys

(10.00am)

St Thomas Canterbury V Westlake Boys

(10.15am)

Development Grade Semi Final

(10.00am)

Girls Exhibition Game

 

(10.25am)

 

We flashback to when Southern Cross Campus took out the 2017 National Secondary Schools Tournament beating Kelston Boys’ High School in the final, 44-0 at Pulman Park.

Southern Cross Campus v Kelston Boys' High School Highlights

Catch the highlights of the Southern Cross Campus win over Kelston Boys' High School in the National Secondary Schools Tournament Premiership grade 44 – 0

Posted by New Zealand Rugby League (NZRL) on Sunday, 10 September 2017

We’re five weeks out from the National Secondary Schools Tournament – to see how preparations are going we caught up with last year’s Champions, Southern Cross Campus and the current Auckland comp top of the table team, St Paul’s College ahead of their clash on Wednesday night.