XBlades Secondary Schools National Touch Championship – the top 58 School teams in the country battle it out for pride, honour and glory over three days of scorching Touch action
10th-12th December 2010
The scene is set for a summer showdown in Palmerston North when qualified teams from Zone Competitions conducted early in the year will compete in three grades for Secondary School supremacy. The competition is always hot as games of Touch explode with the flair, speed and intensity of the college style of play.
In the past the Secondary Schools National Touch Championship has featured the likes of Benji Marshall, Liana Barrett-Chase (both in 2001-02) and Mils Muliaina (1997) strutting their stuff on the field with the best young Touch players in the country. Future superstars of NZ sport will be on show again this year and capturing a glimpse of the raw talent on offer is a real highlight.
Last year’s tournament saw all three champions from 2008 – Hamilton Boys High, Papanui High School (Girls) and Opotiki College (Mixed) – successfully defend their titles. While Hamilton and Papanui will be looking for a hattrick of victories, Opotiki's absence this year has left the door open for a new Mixed champion; last year's runners up Macleans College will certainly be hoping they can go one better in 2010.
Tournament Team Selection
Throughout the tournament Touch NZ selectors will be watching all the players closely and announcing the selection of a Tournament Teams in each grade. While these players will not be playing any representative tournaments this year it does signal very clearly who the up and coming players are for the future NZ Under 19 teams. Players will also be invited to the Elite Youth Academy in 2011.
These will be posted on the website at the conclusion of the tournament.
2010 Qualifying Teams
Boys Grade............Girls Grade..........Mixed Grade
Kelston Boys High School Rangitoto College Massey High School
Mahurangi College Mahurangi College Northcote College
Orewa College Okaihau College Macleans College
St. Peters College (Auckland) Manurewa High School Mangere College
Manurewa High School Mount Albert Grammar Howick College
St. Kentigern College St. Kentigern College Taupo nui a tia
Te Wharekura o Manurewa Epsom Girls Grammar St. Peters College
Hamilton Boys High School Hamilton Girls High School Trident College
Rotorua Boys High School Tauranga Girls High School Matamata College
Tauranga Boys High School Whakatane High School Morrinsville College
Gisborne Boys High School Paeroa College Queen Elizabeth College
Palmerston North Boys High School Freyberg High School Wainuiomata High School
Hato Paora Wanganui High School Upper Hutt College
Otaki College Otaki College Fielding High School
Nelson College St. Peters College (Palmerston North) St. Andrews College
Papanui High School Papanui High School Motueka High School
Southland Boys High School Christchurch Girls High School Lincoln High School
Kings High School Nelson College for Girls Kaikorai Valley High School
Christchurch Boys High School Rangi Ruru School
St. Margarets College