Secondary School Sevens set to kick off

Te Wharekura o Mauao taking on Te Puke back in 2015. Photo: Tracy Hardy.

Arataki Park will host a total of 54 teams at the Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Sevens today and tomorrow.  

The tournament will be one of the lead qualification tournaments for the Condor Sevens held in Auckland in early December.  

With an abundance of rugby action across the day with the inclusion of Under 14 and Under 15 Boys Open and Development grades held on Friday will be joined by Under 15 Girls Open and Development grades.    

Under 19 Boys and Girls Open and Development grades will compete on day two. With the Under 19 Boys and Girls Open teams' seeking qualification for the Condor Sevens held in Auckland in early December.    

Trident High School's Under 19 Girls team remain the unknown factor for the Condors selection. Under Coach Tania-Rose Taikato they will be a real threat to the top seeds of the Tauranga Girls' College and Rotorua Girls' High School.  

In the boys qualifier it is a tight race between Tauranga Boys College and Western Heights High School for the second qualification spot.

Rotorua Boys' High School is again expected to be too strong as number one seed. Late injuries in the Te Puke team may make for a tougher mission for the Te Puke side to cause an upset.  

“I am really excited for the next two days," says Bay of Plenty Secondary Schools Manager Ian Parata.

"It is great to be able to host such high calibre teams in the Bay of Plenty and have other school from outside the bay keen to participate.

"This year we have Gisborne Boys High School Under 14 side, Rosmini College Under 15 Boys Development side, Under 19 Girls Development side Piopio and Under 15 Girls Open and Under 19 Girls Development teams' from Nga Wahine Toa attending the tournament.  

“We know a weekend of sevens rugby creates a buzz in the schools and we look forward to seeing secondary school sevens rugby continue to grow as it has done thus far."

For full draw and results: Click here for Tournament draw as at 2 November 



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