NZ Secondary Schools Winter Tournament begins

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by Greta Yeoman

Young South Canterbury athletes will take part in the New Zealand Secondary Schools Winter Tournament Week this week.

The week-long sporting extravaganza, which involves South Island, North Island and national secondary school sporting competitions, began yesterday.

South Island events include the under-15 girls rugby Festival Tournament in Christchurch, and South Island junior rugby games in Queenstown.

Timaru is hosting the New Zealand Secondary School’s junior girls basketball Zone 4 competition, which started yesterday and runs until Tuesday.

Several South Canterbury schools have teams registered for the SISS Netball Tournament in Dunedin, which will begin on Monday.

Teams from Craighead Diocesan and Geraldine High School will play in the grade section of the inter-school netball tournament, while Roncalli College, Mackenzie College, Timaru Girls’ High School and Mountainview College were set to compete in the grade events.

Waimate High School and Opihi College’s teams would take part in C grade playoffs.

Dunedin would also host the SISS Ice Hockey Tournament, and the mixed hockey high school teams from across the South Island would compete in Oamaru.

A variety of hockey events were to be held across the South Island, and secondary school boys’ hockey Johnson Cup matches from Monday to Friday, at Aorangi Park.

The South Island curling championships, which were to have been held in Dunedin, had been cancelled, as had the SISS climbing competition, which was set down for Christchurch.

Timaru will also host the South Island Artistic Gymnastic Championships at the end of next week.

The two-day gym competition will be held on September 7 and 8 at the, Southern Trust Events Centre.