SportsTalk: Hockey leading the charge around the Bay
Wednesday, October 25, 2017
September and October are two very busy months for Tauranga and Bay of Plenty Hockey – with school tournaments, AIMS Games, Under 13 and Under 15 representative tournaments, our teams were all training to peak at the right time.
The beginning of September saw a majority of our local school 1st and some 2nd XI teams head away to the various National Secondary School Tournaments scattered around the country.
A few top results were the Taupo Nui-A-Tia 1st XI Boys winning the Founders Cup Tournament and Rotorua Boys High School 1st XI coming 2nd at the Mayhill Cup. This means both of these teams will join Tauranga Boys’ College (who placed eighth in 2017) in the Tier 1 and 2 Tournament (Rankin Cup and India Shield) next season.
This was closely followed by AIMS Games where hockey had a record number of teams entered for both the six-aside and 11-aside competitions combining to a total of 78 teams. Congratulations to Te Puke Intermediate for winning the six-aside competition.
With the term three holidays upon us, our Under 15 and Under 13 development teams head off to their national tournaments.
The Bay of Plenty Under 15 boys (Under 15 Premier Boys National Tournament, Nelson) and Under 13 development boys (McGrath Tournament, Rotorua) experienced success, with both teams placing second at their respective tournaments.
The Tauranga Under 13 development girls also experienced success at the McGrath tournament where they placed third equal with Waikato.
The second week saw Tauranga play host to the Collier Trophy, which is the National U13 Girls Tournament, while the Under 13 boys headed to Auckland. Once again, the Bay of Plenty boys shone, placing second in the Hatch Cup. To top off the week in Auckland, the Tauranga Hatch Cup supporters bought home the supporters trophy for the third consecutive year.
The other three Under 13 teams competing nationally also successfully fought their way to top eight finishes, which is an exciting prospect for the years to come.
2017 Representative Results:
U15 Boys Premier Tournament
Bay of Plenty 2nd
U15 Girls Premier Tournament
Bay of Plenty 15th
U15 Girls Championship Tournament
U13 Hatch Cup Boys Tournament
Bay of Plenty 2nd
U13 Collier Trophy Girls Tournament
Bay of Plenty 7th equal
Bay of Plenty Development Boys 2nd
Tauranga Development Boys 7th
Tauranga Development Girls 3rd equal
Bay of Plenty Development Girls 8th
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