Secondary Schools Tournaments are less than a month away, the revamped format for the COVID 19 impacted 2020 season will see teams compete in their local region as schools aim to keep costs down and allow parents to be on the sidelines supporting their participants.
Hockey New Zealand in conjunction with School Sports New Zealand decided that with New Zealand shifting down levels in early June that it would be safe to be able to host Secondary Schools Tournaments in the 2020 year.
We were pleased to see such an excellent buy-in from the schools throughout the country which saw an impressive 225 teams sign up to be part of the revised Secondary School Tournaments.
This year will also see both girls and boys tournaments being held at the same venue; this will see many schools send both their boys and girls 1st XI to the same competition which will allow for more significant support and comradery during the week for the sides.
Ken Maplesden, the General Manager of Community Hockey at Hockey New Zealand, commented on being able to hold these events “Given the disruption and uncertainty of 2020 we are very pleased that 225 schools have been able to commit to the tournament opportunities that are on offer. We are very excited that so many players, coaches and supporters will be able to come together, play some quality hockey and have a quality tournament experience.”
Tournaments for the 2020 season have been split into two tiers; the top tier is called the Premiership Tournament. This will include teams that would have attended the Fed Cup, Marie Fry, Rankin Cup and India Shield. The second tier is the Championship Tournaments and is open to teams that were due to attend Tier 3 or 4 tournaments in the 2020 year.
Please see below the confirmed draws for the 2020 Premiership and Championship Tournaments.
North Island Mixed and the LEP 3 day tournament draws will be released on Tuesday the 11th August. Please check this page then for that update.