The final NZSS tournament of the year starts tomorrow at Bruce Pulman Park in Auckland.
The 2017 SAS NZ Secondary Schools Touch Championship takes place over three days from Friday – Sunday and features 60 of the leading school teams throughout New Zealand across three grades.
The tournament will display the best senior secondary school Touch players in New Zealand and with an increase of 10 teams from 2016, some of the best, explosive and dynamic Touch to be seen. It is the culmination of regional and zonal qualifying events held in February and March.
Defending champions Hamilton Boys’ High School and Hamilton Girls’ High School will be back hoping to retain their titles while the Mixed grade has been thrown wide open by the absence of two-time champions Whanganui High School. Perhaps Paeroa College will take the title after finishing bridesmaids last year.
The tournament will showcase all the new talent coming through the secondary school ranks, as well as school leavers transitioning into the senior ranks.
Last year Hamilton Boys’ High School beat Rotorua Boys’ High School 8-7 in the Boys final, while Hamilton Girls’ High School defeated Columba College in the Girls final and Whanganui High School overcame Paeroa College 9-5 in the Mixed final.
Tournament teams will be named at the conclusion of the tournament Last year’s Boys and Girls MVPs were Ifor Jones (Hamilton Boys) and Jazmin Hotham (Hamilton Girls), while the Mixed MVPs were Blair Osborne (Whanganui High School) and Ora Williams (Taupo Nui a Tia High School).
The tournament has been running since 1994. The previous 10 winners have been (Left to right Boys – Girls – Mixed):
Pool And Section play runs all day on Friday and Saturday and Sunday morning, heading into the finals from 1.30pm on Sunday.
For the Boys draw go here: http://www.touchnz.co.nz/asset/downloadasset?id=3f7dee33-d8e9-4cd6-854a-4432a65244d5
For the Girls draw go here: http://www.touchnz.co.nz/asset/downloadasset?id=b3e9b73b-3e56-4e5d-abd5-9f9c3e60c4a7
For the Mixed draw go here: http://www.touchnz.co.nz/asset/downloadasset?id=86d83257-1600-4252-b360-ca5b7595ef79
Games are being livestreamed directly to the Touch NZ Facebook page. Plus photos and news and information.
Go here for more: www.facebook.com/touchnz/
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