Epsom Girls Grammar are the 2022 national secondary schools champions after winning the premier girls’ tournament in Taupo.
Epsom beat Mt Albert Grammar 3-0 in the final.
Auckland’s Baradene College came third at the tournament, beating St Kentigern 2-1 in the bronze medal play-off.
Quarter-finalists were Baradene, Epsom Girls Grammar, Mt Albert Grammar, Napier Girls High, Rangitoto College, Saint Kentigern College, St Andrew’s College and Wellington East Girls College.
Main photo: Epsom Girls celebrate with their trophy.
Watch the final
Epsom Girls beat Mt Albert Grammar 3-0 in the final.
Watch the bronze medal game
Baradene beat St Kentigern 2-1 in the match for third place.
Winter tournament week
Secondary schools participate in winter tournament week at the end of every winter.
More than 5,000 boys and girls from throughout the country head to tournaments to compete at different levels of competition.
In 2022, nearly 320 schools participated at 15 tournaments (seven for girls and eight for boys) in the week August 29 — September 2.
The 2022 tournaments were staged in Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Taupo, Rotorua, Napier, New Plymouth, Palmerston North, Wanganui, Christchurch, Nelson, Blenheim, Dunedin and Invercargill.
The tournaments are all run by New Zealand Secondary Schools Football and CEO Garry Carnachan told the NZSS website:
“With more than 24,000 students pulling on a jersey and representing their school each year, schools football is a big part of the sporting landscape in New Zealand,
“Tournament week provides the pinnacle event for many of these students and, with a range of options on offer, it is an important development opportunity for players of all ability levels. There is a lot of pride in playing for your school in any sport and that will be on display all week.”
Heather Hepburn, Chairperson of New Zealand Secondary Schools Girls Football, says the range of talent on show is one of the most appealing aspects of a week in which lifelong bonds will be forged.
“These tournaments cater for over 2,000 school girl players of many different abilities, ranging from new to the sport to New Zealand representative.
“Playing a sport they enjoy for a week, the highs and lows of winning or losing, the comradeship and representing their school – these aspects of tournament week always leave lasting memories of their time at secondary school.”