by Greta Yeoman
South Canterbury sports stars are set to spread out around the country as winter tournament week returns.
The annual inter-school sporting week for winter sports includes South Island and national events across New Zealand.
The South Island Secondary School Netball Tournament, which will be held in Nelson from September 1-5, is set to be attended by Roncalli College, Craighead Diocesan, Geraldine High School, Timaru Girls’, Waimate High School, Mackenzie College and Opihi College.
Three South Canterbury teams are also bound for Nelson to compete in the New Zealand Secondary School A South Island Basketball Premierships.
Craighead Diocesan School, Timaru Girls’ and Timaru Boys’ high schools will attend the four-day tournament, which will run from September 4-7.
The Rural Livestock junior rugby tournament – which will be held at the Waihora and Lincoln rugby football clubs on September 2-4 – will include teams from Roncalli College in the A section, as well as Geraldine High School and Opihi College in section B.
Hockey players from South Canterbury schools will head all around the country to compete in a variety of tournaments.
The Ashburton-based Coaches Cup on September 2-6 will include hockey teams from Geraldine High, Mackenzie College and Roncalli College, while Timaru Boys’ High School will be bound for Christchurch to compete in the Rankin Cup/Indian Shield tournament on September 2-7.
Another team from Timaru Boys’ will head south to Oamaru to compete in the Galletly Cup hockey tournament, which will run from September 2-6, while a team from Roncalli College will travel to Cromwell to play in the Jenny McDonald Cup at the same time.
The New Zealand Secondary Schools Linwood boys’ football tournament will be held in Dunedin and will include teams from Geraldine High School and Roncalli College.
The girls’ equivalent, the Gary Sowden tournament, is set to be held in Timaru.
A combined team of South Canterbury high school ice hockey players are set to make up the “Mack Combined” team, which will compete in the South Island Secondary School Ice Hockey Tournament in Dunedin.
Winter tournament week starts on Sunday, September 1.