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. This year the top six teams have qualified to play for the Tai Mitchell Shield; Te Puke, Tauranga West, Tauranga North,Tauranga East, Opotiki and Whakatane. The following teams will compete for the Bill Murray Trophy, Galatea, Rangitaiki, Rotorua Maroon and Rotorua Gold.
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.
Round 1 - Galatea Rugby Club/Galatea School
Round 2 - Rotorua Boys High School
Please note: Any boys who weigh out at either weigh in are out of the tournament and can only be replaced by your 23, 24 or 25 travelling reserve players.
Click here for the Offcial Consent Form
Click here for the Pre-Tournament Team Sheet
Click here for the Offcial 2018 Tai Mitchell
Click here for the Age Verification Form
Click here to view the Tai Mitchell Pre Tournament Draw
Click here to view the 2018 Tai Mitchell Tournament Draw
Tai Mitchell Shield
Laurence Boynton Shield West
Gavin Parkinson Shield
Rob Shaw Cup
Bill Murray Trophy
Player of the Tournament
Tai Mitchell Shield Final:
Te Puke 26 v Tauranga West 21
Tai Mitchell 3rd and 4th Play Off:
Tauranga East 25 v Opotiki 10
Tai Mitchell 5th and 6th Play Off:
Whakatane 24 v Tauranga North 17
Bill Murray Trophy Final:
Rotorua Maroon 56 v Rangitaiki 12
Bill Murray 3rd & 4th Play Off:
Rotorua Gold 34 v Galatea 15