The Tai Mitchell tournament began in 1938, and is one of the most important events in junior rugby. Held at Blake Park this year, with finals held at Arataki Park, ten teams will contest the annual Bay of Plenty-wide primary school tournament, with last year's champs Tauranga West looking to defend their title against Rotorua Maroon, Apanui, Te Puke, Whakatane, Rotorua GOLD, Tauranga East, Opotiki, Rangitaiki and Galatea.
The original Tai Mitchell Shield was presented by Mr Henry Taiporutu Mitchell in 1938, for competition among the primary school teams representing The Bay of Plenty rugby sub-unions. Mitchell was a renowned Rotorua sports administrator and a supporter of all codes.
The tournament doubles as a trial for the Bay of Plenty Roller Mills team, which will represent the province at the northern regional tournament against sides from Northland, Auckland, Thames Valley, King Country, Waikato and North Harbour.
Click here for Full Results from the Pre-Tournament Qualifications
Thursday 6 July
Friday 7 July
Saturday 8 July
Sunday 9 July
Click here for the Tai Mitchell Tournament Draw
Click here for the Official Consent Form
Click here for the Official Team Sheet
Click here for the 2017 Tai Mitchell and BOP Primary Schools Directory with key contacts
Click here for the 2017 Tai Mitchell Coaches and Managers Manual
Click here for weigh in information
Click here for the 2017 Tauranga North Squad
1st - 2nd: Tauranga East 20 v Rotorua Maroon 38
3rd - 4th: Rotorua Gold 7 v Tauranga West 15
5th - 6th: Te Puke 38 v Whakatane 24
7th - 8th: Rangitaiki 43 v Opotiki 15
9th - 10th: Tauranga North 29 v Galatea 15