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The New Zealand Rugby League held the NZ National Intermediate Schools and National Under 15?s tournament at Hopuhopu Sports Complex from Thursday 6 through to Saturday 8 October 2005.
A first for our organisation in holding a National Intermediate Schools Tournament, with 4 Intermediate schools from around the country taking part including Linwood School from Christchurch, Devon Intermediate from Taranaki, Henderson Intermediate from Auckland and from the Far North Kaitaia Intermediate who all came through as their regional competition winners.
This proved to be a fantastic concept with a great deal of young flare and Rugby League ability on display.
Henderson Intermediate beat Kaitaia Intermediate in a great final to be deemed the 2005 National Champions. Stand out player had to be Henderson?s Charles Gabriel who scored 14 tries and 14 goals in 4 games including 6 tries in the final.
The NZ National 15?s, which was run in conjunction with the Intermediate Schools was absolutely great, with the best Under 15 players from around the country competing in a round robin tournament to earn a play off position.
Again, four teams competed made up from four Districts which included the Southern Districts culminated from the South Island, the Central Districts being represented by Wellington, Manawatu, Taranaki and Hawkes Bay, the Northern Districts made up from Northland, Waikato, Bay Of Plenty and Coastlines and a team from Auckland.
The competition was very close for all teams and two great finals day play offs when the Southern Districts took on the Northern Districts for 3rd and 4th and the Central Districts playing Auckland in the final.
Auckland got off to a great start in the first half and went in to halftime with a 20 ? 0 scoreline. The Central Districts put up a fantastic battle in the second half scoring a try themselves and containing Auckland to one try but Auckland proved too strong and certainly deserved the title of 2005 National Champions.
For more information and results refer to our website www.nzrl.co.nz.