Wellington, New Zealand, November 22, 2013 –
Year nine and 10 school volleyball teams will be vying for the 'Island Champion'
titles at the Volleyball New Zealand North and South Island Junior Secondary
School Championships next week in Tauranga and Christchurch.
New Zealand Volleyball Association organizes the
annual Junior Secondary School Championships every year, which always draw
large number of participants and crowds, so as to develop the sport in the
The North Island Championships take place at the
ASB Baypark Arena in Mount Maunganui from November 25 to 29,
with a field of 49 Girls' teams and 42 Boys' teams participating.
Favourites for the top division Girls' title are
a raft of local Tauranga teams from Otumoetai, Bethlehem, Mount Maunganui and TaurangaGirls Colleges.
Their main challenge is expected to come from Whakatane's Trident
High, North Harbour's Rangitoto and Orewa Colleges, and
Rotorua's Western Heights High. The dominance of Bay of Plenty sides
in the top seedings is expected to draw large crowds throughout the week.
The top Boys' section features a wider spread of
teams, with Western Heights leading the way from Orewa
and North Harbour's Westlake Boys High, with South Auckland side
Manurewa High, and Otumoetai, Bethlehem and Rangitoto all expected to
mount a credible challenge.
Also featured at the event will be Girls' and Boys’
teams from Northland, Auckland, Waikato, Taranaki, Hawkes Bay/Poverty Bay,
Manawatu and Wellington.
Down south, the Island event will be played in
Christchurch at Pioneer Stadium, and Middleton Grange school, with 39 Girls'
and 22 Boy's teams in action from November 25 to 28.
Girls favorite is shared equally between Tasman
region schools Nayland and Waimea Colleges, and Nelson and Marlborough Girls Colleges,
and Christchurch teams from Riccarton, Burnside and Aranui High
Schools, and Middleton Grange school.
The southern Boys' title is expected to be
fought between schools from the same regions – Nelson, Nayland
and Waimea Colleges, with Riccarton and Shirley High being joined
from further south by Timaru and Otago Boys High teams in the top seeded