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Tai Mitchell Tournament set to kick off in Rotorua

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
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This year's Tai Mitchell tournament kicks-off this Thursday, where teams will battle it out for the Tai Mitchell Shield, with this year’s hosts Rotorua Boys’ High School.

The Tai Mitchell tournament began in 1938, and is one of the most important events in the Bay of Plenty Junior Rugby calendar organised this year by the Rotorua Tai Mitchell Primary Schools Rugby, whom have been proudly supported by One Foundation to host the event at Rotorua Boys’ High School this year.

Teams have been divided into two respective pools which have been determined by pre-season qualifying tournaments held in Galatea and Rotorua Boys’ High School respectively. Teams will have two days of pool play prior to entering into play-offs; with semi-finals held on Saturday 7 July and finals held on Sunday 8 July.

Wayne Fell, Bay of Plenty Primary Schools President said the support from the Wasps Rugby Football Club is instrumental to the successful delivering of this week’s tournament.

“The Wasps Rugby Football Club, is the tournaments major sponsor. Their generosity and commitment to this annual event is instrumental in the success of this long running tournament. We thank them for the support and look forward to their continued involvement in future years,” said Fell.

“Our appreciation also to the Rotorua organising committee, Rotorua Boys High School, local Rotorua businesses, sponsors and individuals who have contributed in a number of various roles, is vital to the continued success of Tai Mitchell Rugby,” finished Fell.

Wasps Rugby Football Club President Craig McCord said the Wasps club were proud to play their part in the development of the Bay of Plenty’s emerging talent.

“We are proud to be associated with Tai Mitchell Tournament and the contribution it makes in the development of our emerging sporting talent throughout the Bay of Plenty. We as a club are committed to supporting this tournament moving forward in the future as we have been for more than a decade,” said McCord.

McCord concluded wishing those involved the Tai Mitchell Tournament the best of luck.

“We wish each player a safe and enjoyable tournament and thank the Committee, Coaches, Managers, parents and supporters for preparing the boys for this year’s tournament,” said McCord.

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, Taranaki and North Harbour.

The tournament will run from Thursday 5 July to Sunday 8 July.

Tai Mitchell Tournament History:
The Tai Mitchell tournament began in 1938. This year marks the 77th year of the Tournament. All boys attending the tournament are to weigh 53kgs and under.

Tai Mitchell Shield:
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.

Bill Murray Trophy:
The Bill Murray Trophy was presented in memory of Bill Murray, a former rugby stalwart and the Primary School Union’s secretary of many years.

The awards presented at the end of the tournament are:

Plate Final Bill Murray Trophy
Shepard Trophy
Player of the Tournament
4th Place Rob Shaw Cup
3rd Place Gavin Parkinson Shield
2nd Place Lawrence Boyton Shield
1st Place Tai Mitchell Trophy

Tai Mitchell Tournament Draw 2018: Click here

2017 Tai Mitchell Final Results:
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

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