Results - 2019 Auckland Secondary School Regionals
The 2019 Auckland Secondary School Ki o Rahi Regionals were held on Monday 23rd September at Pulman Park in Papakura, Auckland.
The competition was cared for by three organisations - He Oranga Poutama, College Sport Auckland & Ki o Rahi Tamaki Makaurau.
Referees came from across Auckland and a group of 5 even travelled from Tuwharetoa, who have been helping out plenty of other rohe and picking up much valued experience. Ngā mihi nui ki a koutou!
12 teams from right across Auckland came together to battle it out to be crowned the 2019 Auckland Secondary Schools Champion - schools involved were Aorere College, Auckland Girls Grammar, Botany Downs College, Nga Puna o Waiorea, Rutherford College, Southern Cross Campus, Te Kura Kaupapa Maori a Rohe o Mangere, Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae, Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi, Westlake Boys High School and Westlake Girls High School.
With it being announced earlier in the month by the Tai Tokerau Ki o Rahi Nationals committee that 3 teams from each region would qualify for the 2020 National Secondary School Tournament, teams had plenty to play for.
Teams were split into 2 pools, with teams playing 5 games in pool play across 4 fields.
The Top 2 teams from each pool then played in the championship semi-finals whilst the other teams played across pool to find who placed 5th - 12th.
5th place - Te Kura Kaupapa Maori a Rohe o Mangere
6th place - Westlake Boys/Girls Kahurangi
7th place - Southern Cross Campus
8th place - Aorere College
9th place - Westlake Boys/Girls Toa
10th place - Botany Downs 2
11th place - Auckland Girls Grammar School
12th place - Rutherford College
The two schools who have been most regular at Ki o Rahi Nationals - Nga Tapuwae and Waiorea won their pools respectively, with Botany Downs finishing second alongside Nga Tapuwae and another Kura no stranger to Nationals in Hoani Waititi finishing second alongside Waiorea in their pool.
This meant that Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae would play Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi in one semi, whilst Nga Puna o Waiorea would face Botany Downs College in the other.
Both semi-finals were close games however Nga Tapuwae managed to beat Hoani 14 - 7 and Waiorea beat Botany 18 - 15.
In the play off for 3rd and 4th Hoani Waititi defeated Botany Downs 20 - 13. Shout out to Botany for their growth in Ki o Rahi over the years.
In the final, Nga Tapuwae faced off against Nga Puna o Waiorea with Nga Tapuwae winning 13 - 6.
The 3 schools qualifying for the 2020 Ki o Rahi Secondary School Nationals in Waitangi in April next year are Te Kura Maori o Nga Tapuwae, Nga Puna o Waiorea and Te Wharekura o Hoani Waititi.
For full results you can head along to college sport’s website here.
To find out more information on Term 4’s Ki o Rahi Junior Regionals click here.