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SCHOOLBOY RUGBY LEAGUE
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he West Coast schoolboy rugby league competition
kicks off on Saturday. with team numbers down on
previous years, especially in the higher grades.
According to West Coast Schoolboy Rugby League
president Mary Hopkins the team numbers in the 14s and 16s
grades are lower than other years, which she puts down to families
leaving the district, players heading away to boarding school and
clubs struggling to secure coaches and managers.
Seven clubs – Cobden-Kohinoor, Suburbs, Brunner, Hokitika,
Marist, Waro-rakau and Runanga – are competing in the 2015
contest, and Hopkins said players still keen to have a run should
get in contact with their favoured club.
The competition has gone from 40 teams and 523 players last
year to 30 this season.
There are seven teams in the 6, 8 and 10yrs grades, five in the
12s, just four in the 14s and three in the 16s.
There is also no girls grade in this year’s competition. Last season
30 girls played in the local competition in the 14-16yrs age group,
representing the Cobden-Kohinoor and Marist clubs.
Representative league will start in July with a tournament in
Nelson, and in September, Canterbury will play against the West
Coast 9s, 10s, 11s and 12s, in Greymouth.
Last season Waro-rakau won the under-12 grand final, Brunner
the under-14s and Suburbs the under-16s, and they will again be
looking to take the titles for a second year in a row.
Hopkins said representative teams from last year had some
stiff competition in their matches, the highlight being the West
Coast under-9s win over Canterbury, which saw them retain the
Whitehead Memorial Challenge Trophy they won in 2013 for the
first time in six years.
The West Coast 15s had their moments in the South Island
tournament, in Dunedin, when they recorded a win over Tasman.
Hopkins said another highlight was when the combined
Greymouth High School-John Paul II High School team won
the inaugural South Island Secondary Schools Tournament, in
Christchurch, beating Aranui 32-22 and St Thomas College 40-12.
The team went on to play in the national tournament in Auckland,
where team trainer Tim Moreton was judged trainer of the
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