Tauranga Boys College are the 2022 national secondary school boys’ champions after winning the tournament for premier boys teams in Napier.
They become only the sixth school outside of Auckland to win the title in more than 45 years.
TBC beat Hutt International Boys’ School 1-0 in a tense final at Bluewater Stadium, with the winner coming from the head of Jonty Bidois only two minutes into the game.
Tauranga goalkeeper Troy Taylor saved a HIBS penalty in the first half.
To reach the final, Tauranga had to beat Nelson College, St Kent’s, Christ’s College, Westlake Boys High, Mt Albert Grammar and St Paul’s.
Tauranga Boys College finish their season with a record of 20 wins from their 22 games played, scoring 120 goals and conceding 12.
Scots College came third in the tournament, winning a penalty shoot-out to beat St Paul’s after a 1-1 draw in regulation time.
Main photo: Tauranga Boys College. Photo: Wareham Media.
Watch the final
Tauranga Boys College beat Hutt International Boys 1-0.
Watch the bronze medal game
Scots College and St Paul’s Collegiate drew 1-1 to go to a penalty shoot-out, won by Scots.
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.”