NZ Secondary Schools power-base remains in Auckland and Hamilton

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Following the conclusion of the Schick National Championships at the weekend it appears that the Secondary Schools power-base shows little signs of shifting – at least in the Boys’ competition.

Not only did the Boys’ National title remain in Auckland for the third straight year, and the 10th occasion in the past 14 years, the City of Sails schools occupied five of the top eight spots.

The story was similar in 2016 with six schools, Auckland Grammar, Rangitoto, Rosmini, Westlake, Mt Albert and Kelston cementing top nine finishes.

Kelston fell to 21st this year but all three podium places last week were taken by Auckland schools with Rosmini champions, Rangitoto runners-up and Mt Albert a highly creditable third after finishing fifth at the Zone 1 Premierships. It is believed that third place is the best ever finish by Mt Albert.

There is a ray of hope for the schools further south as a number of the Auckland schools were heavily laced with Year 13 boys this year and may not be as powerful next year.

Rongotai College from the capital, Cashmere High from Christchurch and Hamilton Boys High amongst others will be licking their lips at the prospect of turning over teams from Zone 1 in 2018.

2017 Boys’ Schick Championships ‘AA’ Competition Final Team Placing’s

1st Rosmini College

2nd Rangitoto College

3rd Mt Albert Grammar

4th Christ’s College

5th Palmerston North Boys High School

6th Auckland Grammar School

7th Westlake Boys’ High School

8th Rongotai College

9th Hamilton Boys’ High School

10th Middleton Grange

11th Hastings Boys’ High School

12th Napier Boys’ High School

13th Cashmere High School

14th Burnside High School

15th St John’s College Hamilton

16th Wellington College

17th Shirley Boys’ High School

18th Fraser High School

19th Waimea College

20th Melville High School

21st Kelston Boys’ High School

22nd New Plymouth Boys’ High School

23rd St Peter’s Cambridge

24th St Peter’s Auckland

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The picture is not quite so clear-cut in the Girls’ arena although there is little doubt the balance is in favour of the Waikato region despite St Mary’s victory on Saturday. Waikato had won three of the previous five titles and prior to the double by Hutt Valley in 2011 and 2010 Church College had been the dominant force.

This year the Waikato schools occupied 3 of the top 8 places (three in the top six to be precise). Auckland matched that with three and Wellington two.

Last year Waikato boasted St Peter’s as champions and also had Hamilton and Melville again in the top eight. Mt Albert, Westlake and Auckland Grammar, as they were this year were in the top echelon with New Plymouth and Waimea rounding out the eight.

St Peter’s look likely major contenders for at least two more years, as the prolific Charlisse Leger-Walker is only a Year 11 student. St Mary’s, unbeaten in 2017, only lose a couple of players as do Westlake, Massey and Mt Albert.

Challenges will also come from the likes of Hutt Valley and St Andrew’s College but for now the Girl’s from ‘Mooloo Country’ rule the roost.

2017 Girls’ Schick Championships ‘AA’ Competition Final Team Placings:

 1st St Mary’s College, Wellington

2nd St Peter’s Cambridge

3rd Auckland Girls’ Grammar School

4th Melville High School

5th Mt Albert Grammar School

6th Hamilton Girls’ High School

7th Hutt Valley High School

8th Westlake Girls’ High School

9th Massey High School

10th St Hilda’s Collegiate

11th Middleton Grange

12th Palmerston North Girls’ High School

13th Rotorua Girls’ High School

14th Hastings Girls’ High School

15th Rangi Ruru

16th St Andrew’s College

17th Western Heights High School

18th Sacred Heart Girls’ College, New Plymouth

19th Rangitoto College

20th Ashburton College

21st New Plymouth Girls’ High School

22nd Christchurch Girls’ High School

23rd Napier Girls’ High School

24th Carmel College

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