Apr 17, 2019


2019 Auckland Central Intermediate Schools West Clusters
Championship Invitational Tag Tournament Report

A Great Day for Year 7-8 Tag Champions Tournament!

Last Tuesday April 9th 2019 at Cox’s Bay Reserve in Westmere the AIM’s Central/West Cluster schools hosted schools from East and South Auckland participated in the second NZTFI sanctioned Auckland Intermediate Central West Schools year 7-8  Champions Tag Tournament. 19 Boys teams and 16 Girls teams from 24 Intermediate schools battled over 8 tag fields to see who would take out the Champions title in the boys and girls divisions.


Many thanks to the Auckland AIM’s group, Sarah Clayton from Kowhai Intermediate, Vai Vaimoana from Glen Eden Intermediate and Matt Bennie from Ponsonby Intermediate in support of tag football as this is our core business. With their support we have managed to ensure our games future by establishing a foothold in the year 7-8 Auckland intermediate schools sporting landscape ensuring a smooth transition with the rules to our already successful College Sport secondary schools sanctioned tag programs in Terms 1 and 4 each year.


A year ago the NZTFI were approached to administer tag football on behalf of the Central and West Zone clusters due to the Auckland Rugby League launching their own hybrid version of tag. We decided to support the Central West initiative due to the ARL’s new direction. Naturally, our game has grown from strength to strength with the popularity of the game evident with the amount of schools entering and new schools competing for the first time. Last years inaugural tournament was rained out midway through the day due to lightning strikes but it did not deter the enthusiasm shown by the school’s who did manage to attend the half day event, this would set the precedent for the tournament rolled out last week.


This year however, brought brilliant weather and perfect conditions for a great day of tag, The tournament had a delayed start with some schools stuck in Auckland’s notorious morning traffic. A 9.00am start was delayed to 9.25am with some schools arriving minutes before kick off. The Boys round was the first to start with only one game delayed to a later round in the day. We would catch up the lost time by midday.


The NZTFI supplied regulation complimentary loan tag shorts for those schools and pupils who did not have tag shorts or equipment. A safety call that was well received by all and ensured regulation shorts would mean an easier game to administer and safer game to participate in. The general feedback from the schools sports directors and teachers was positive and complimentary as we look to improve every year with the tag tournaments.


In the boys grade, 3 groups of 5 and 1 group of 4 teams played a round robin series to determine which team from each pool would go through to the Major Semi Final. After 4 round robin games the top seed was guaranteed a Semi Final while schools that missed out would play a final placing game based on combining all the 4 pools points tables together to determine where the schools finished overall.




The 4 Boys schools who qualified for the Major Semi Final were:

Pool A Kowhai A

Pool B Mt Roskill

Pool C Kelston

Pool D Manurewa

Boys Semi 1 Kowhai A 3 v Manurewa 8

Boys Semi 2 Mt Roskill 3 v Kelston 11


Boys Shield Final (Bronze Medal Game)

Kowhai A 4 v Mt Roskill 5


Boys Grand Final (Gold Silver Medal Game)

Manurewa 8 v Kelston 2


The Girls grade had 16 teams entered with 4 Pool Groups of 4 teams playing 3 round robin games with the top 2 teams from each group qualifying for the Quarter Finals

From that the winners of the Quarters would go through to the Major Semi’s then Grand Final.


The 8 Girls schools who qualified for the Quarter Finals were:

Pool A Manurewa, Kowhai A

Pool B Glen Avon, Kowhai B

Pool C Glen Eden, Kelston

Pool D Clendon Park, Royal Oak


Girls Quarter 1 Manurewa 2 v Kelston 12

Girls Quarter 2 Royal Oak 5 v Glen Avon 1

Girls Quarter 3 Kowhai A 4 (Scored 1st) v Glen Eden 4

Girls Quarter 4  Clendon Park 9 v Kowhai B 2


Girls Minor Quarter 5 Ponsonby 4 v Kowhai C 7

Girls Minor Quarter 6 Remuera 11 v Mt Roskill 2

Girls Minor Quarter 7 Avondale 3 v Balmoral 2

Girls Minor Quarter 8 Wesley 10 v St Dominics 2


Girls Major Semi 1 Kelston 3 v Kowhai A 0

Girls Major Semi 2 Clendon Park 5 v Royal Oak 4


Girls Minor Semi 3 Glen Eden 7 v  Manurewa 4

Girls Minor Semi 4 Glen Avon 5 v Kowhai B 3

Girls Minor Semi 5 Kowhai C 4 v Avondale 4

Girls Minor Semi 6 Wesley 6 v Remuera 5


Girls Penant Final

Avondale 2 v Remuera 1


Girls Flag Final

Kowhai C 5 v Wesley 9


Girls Bowl Final

Manurewa 7 v Kowhai B 2


Girls Plate Final

Glen Eden v Glen Avon


Girls Shield Final (Bronze Medal Game)

Kowhai A 4 v Royal Oak 7


Girls Grand Final (Gold Silver Medal Game)

Kelston 4 v Clendon 3


In summary a very successful day of tag with the schools thoroughly enjoying themselves. Our referees enjoyed the day and said the players were very knowledgeable about the rules of the game and commented the skill level very high. Next year we will be looking to expand our Term 1 program and breaking the tournament into regional qualifiers with other clusters set to join us next year.


Yours in Tag,


Claude Iusitini

New Zealand Tag Football Inc

National Development Officer

021 64 13 64

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