,Sir Gordon Tietjens spent 20 years coaching the All Blacks Sevens, leading them to numerous titles and mentoring many great players. He is now coaching the Samoan national team
This weekend’s fifth annual tournament that bears his name promises to be as exciting as the teams he has prepared down the years.
This year’s tournament, being played at the Central Energy Trust Arena in Palmerston North, runs from 3pm-9pm on Friday and from 8.30am to 2.30pm on Saturday, across four grades: Open Boys, Open Girls, U15 Boys and Intermediate Mixed (new). A total of 37 teams are taking part, with 98 games being played across three fields including inside the stadium itself where all matches will be live streamed.
Open boys defending champions St Paul’s Collegeiate return to defend their title, but two-time defending champions St Mary’s College are a late withdrawal citing injury and commitment to other sports (or both) of most of their leading players. A new Open Girls champion will be crowned in a strong field that includes National Condor 7s champions Hamilton Girls’ High School.
Last year, St Paul’s defeated Tauranga Boys’ College 24-14 in the Open Boys final, St Mary’s College beat Motueka High School 28-12 in the Open Girls Final Palmerston North Boys’ High School defeated Feilding High School 19-15 in the U15 decider
View and download the draw here https://drive.google.com/a/clubrugby.co.nz/file/d/1OKPr4PE1trrBHY2RGSGmslehwxt1svym/view?usp=drive_web