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Lively qualifiers confirm positions at TECT National Sevens

Monday, December 2, 2019
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The domestic rugby season will wrap in in Tauranga later this month with 16 men’s and 12 women’s teams vying for top honours at the TECT National Sevens.

Northern, Central and Southern Regional Qualifiers were held across the country on Saturday with 16 Provincial Unions emerging as the contenders for 2019 silverware.

In the men’s division, Canterbury, Wellington and Waikato topped their respective qualifying events, with defending champions Tasman finishing second in their Southern Region tournament.

South Canterbury, Wairarapa Bush and Thames Valley will join 13 of Mitre 10 Cup Unions to round out the 2019 men's competitors. Thames Valley tipped Northland 17-10 to claim the sixth qualifying position at the northern qualifiers.

Women’s defending champions, Manawatu, led the charge in the Central Region qualifier with Farah Palmer Cup Premiership champions Canterbury winning the Southern event and Waikato topping the Northern tournament.

The Tauranga Domain will play host to the TECT National Sevens on 14 and 15 December. While teams Unions are looking to add to their trophy cabinets before Christmas, the event is also a key talent identification tool, with New Zealand Sevens selectors on hand to identify players for the 2020 development teams.

The 2019 TECT National Sevens men’s teams are;
Northern Region:
Waikato
Auckland
Bay of Plenty
Counties Manukau
North Harbour
Thames Valley

Central Region:
Wellington
Taranaki
Hawke’s Bay
Manawatu
Wairarapa Bush

Southern Region:
Canterbury
Tasman
Otago
Southland
South Canterbury

The 2019 TECT National Sevens women’s teams are;
Northern Region:
Waikato
Auckland
Bay of Plenty
Counties Manukau
North Harbour

Central Region:
Manawatu
Hawke’s Bay
Wellington
Taranaki

Southern Region:
Canterbury
Tasman
Otago

For more information on the TECT National Sevens or to purchase tickets click here.

Festive atmosphere expected for National Sevens

Thursday, November 14, 2019
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The TECT National 7s is set to get into the festive swing as tickets for the tournament go on sale today (November 14).

Some of New Zealand’s top 7s players will dazzle rugby enthusiasts at Tauranga Domain on December 14-15. All in a bid to become National Champions and to push for a place in the All Blacks and Black Ferns 7s squads.

Bay Rugby Business Development Manager, Don Paterson says, this year’s tournament is the perfect opportunity to get into the festive season.

“The TECT National 7s is the ideal opportunity to toast the season with friends, family or colleagues, over two exciting days of sizzling 7s action. The event showcases the talents of New Zealand’s top 28 men’s and women’s teams.

“The flare and athleticism they bring is fantastic to watch…that, mixed with delicious festive fare, music and a whole lot of yuletide fun makes for an epic Christmas celebration.”

Along with the normal general admission tickets, Paterson says there are two Christmas Party packages to choose from, including a special marquee erected on top of the temporary grandstand to take in all the action on and off the field.

“We have a hospitality package to suit any group’s size, taste and budget. Celebrate the end of the year with a Kiwi barbecue-style lunch and cheer on your favourite team from your reserved bar leaner in a prime location on the sideline, or, for something more upmarket, the Grandstand Marquee. It’s the ultimate Kiwi Christmas at the 7s.”

Paterson says, punters can expect a fast-paced 7s action combined with entertainment for young and old and fresh festive food.

“Tauranga Domain is full of action as the best of the Bay gather to celebrate the festive season in style. The atmosphere at this event is unparalleled as the Domain comes alive for two full days of entertainment and spirited competition.”

To purchase a general admission ticket, click here.

For a hospitality package email Don Paterson at don@boprugby.co.nz or call 021 193 7197.

TECT National Sevens to lift community spirits

Monday, November 11, 2019
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Bay of Plenty Rugby chief executive Mike Rogers says the TECT National Sevens is a great vehicle to help lift the community spirit.

After an exceptional Mitre 10 Cup season, Bay Rugby is looking to continue the positive community vibe with the Sevens. The two-day tournament takes place at Tauranga Domain on December 14-15.

With this in mind, Bay Rugby is excited by naming rights funder TECT using the opportunity to involve and recognize charities that play a key role in Tauranga.

The three charities for this year’s tournament are; Tauranga Community Foodbank, Blue Light Tauranga and Bay Conservation Alliance.

The partnership between Bay of Plenty Rugby and TECT will see free tickets to the Sevens for volunteers from all three charities.

Players and officials from both the men's and women's Bay Sevens teams are visiting each of these charities, to find out more about the work they do and offer some assistance.

“We want to make the Sevens a fun family atmosphere, but we also want to make people aware of the great things these charities do. It’s a good opportunity to acknowledge the work these volunteers do,” Rogers says.

The chief executive says this wouldn’t be possible without the partnership of TECT.

“They have been a very supportive partner in a wide range of projects and initiatives that we have launched.

“Ultimately without their support we just couldn’t do it. TECT is a very community focused organisation, who are driven by good outcomes for our community.

“I think they see things the same way as we do ¬– that you can use sport to drive, not just sporting outcomes, but economic and social outcomes for our community.”

TECT general manager Wayne Werder says, they are excited to partner with Bay Rugby to offer volunteers from the three community groups tickets to the TECT National Sevens.

“The work they do in our community is invaluable and we want to thank them for their massive contribution and dedication. It’s what makes our region such a great place to live.

“It’s important to us at TECT to see our community thriving and sport is a great catalyst to bring people together; to celebrate the competition, the wins, and all the fun that comes along with it. We hope the volunteers have a fantastic day out at the TECT National Sevens.”

The visit of players and official to the charities begin tomorrow (November 12) at the Tauranga Community Foodbank, to help with organising food, that is distributed to the community.

It will be followed by a visit to Pillans Point School with the Blue Light Tauranga team on Wednesday (November 13) to interact with the students.

Tasman and Manawatu crowned champions

Monday, December 17, 2018
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A thrilling day of finals rugby treated fans in Tauranga today with Tasman and Manawatu claiming the respective men’s and women’s TECT National Sevens titles.

It was a maiden crown for Tasman, who were beaten finalists in January but managed to go one better with an impressive two days of sevens.

Led by James Lash, who was awarded the Joe Tauiwi Memorial Player of the Tournament, Tasman got out to a 12-0 lead in the first half of the Final against Counties Manukau.

Their opposites got across the line in the second spell, but Tasman showed their grit to hold on for the title.

Earlier in the day Tasman downed North Harbour 33-7 in the semi final and were too strong for Taranaki in the quarters. They went through pool play unbeaten.

The Marlborough Union won the inaugural National Sevens tournament in 1975 but this is the first title for the Mako since the amalgamation of Nelson and Marlborough in 2006.

In the women’s Final it was familiar scenes as Manawatu once again lifted the trophy, claiming their fifth National Sevens crown.

They faced Waikato in the Final and opened the scoring through captain Selica Winiata. Waikato hit back to take a 7-5 lead before Manawatu crossed to take a 12-7 half time lead.

Waikato were on attack for long periods in the second half but Manawatu held on for the victory.

The team was dominant on Day Two, cruising through their quarter final 21-0 over Counties Manukau and 31-5 over Bay of Plenty in the semi finals.

Black Ferns Sevens captain and Manawatu stalwart Sarah Goss was awarded the Anna Richards Cup for Player of the Tournament.

In other Finals the Taranaki men and Canterbury women won their respective Plate Finals, while the Auckland men and Tasman women claimed the Bowl titles.

Results from Day Two of the TECT National Sevens

Sunday, December 16, 2018
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Men's Cup Final:

Counties Manukau 7 v Tasman 12

Women's Cup Final:

Waikato 7 v Manawatu 12

Women’s 3rd and 4th Play-off:

Auckland 14 v Bay of Plenty 5

Men's Plate Final:

Hawke’s Bay 5 v Taranaki 19

Women's Plate Final:

Canterbury 24 v Counties Manukau 19

Women’s 7th and 8th Play-off:

Wellington 31 v Otago 17

Men's Bowl Final:

Otago 14 v Auckland 22

Women's Bowl Final:

Tasman 24 v North Harbour 5

Men’s Shield Final:

Manawatu 14 v Northland 7

Women’s 11th and 12th Play-off:

Hawke’s Bay 17 v Taranaki 14

Men's Cup Semi Finals:
Counties Manukau 12 v Wellington 10
Tasman 33 v North Harbour 7

Men's Plate Semi Finals:
Southland 7 v Hawke’s Bay 19
Taranaki 22 v Waikato 21

Men’s Cup Quarter Finals:
Counties Manukau 19 v Southland 10
Hawke's Bay 0 v Wellington 33
Tasman 24 v Taranaki 19
Waikato 0 v North Harbour 17

Men's Bowl Semi-Final:
Otago 12 v Canterbury 7
Bay of Plenty 21 v Auckland 24

Men’s Shield Semi Final:
Manawatu 21 v South Canterbury 19
Northland 35 v Wairarapa Bush 12

Men’s Bowl Quarter Finals:
Manawatu 5 v Otago 29
Canterbury 21 v South Canterbury 14
Northland 0 v Bay of Plenty 39
Auckland 26 v Wairarapa Bush 12

Women's Cup Semi Finals:
Auckland 12 v Waikato 19
Manawatu 31 v Bay of Plenty 5

Women’s Plate Semi Finals:
Canterbury 24 v Wellington 14
Counties Manukau 19 v Otago 10

Women's Cup Quarter Finals:
Auckland 17 v Canterbury 5
Wellington 7 v Waikato 26
Bay of Plenty 19 v Otago 12
Manawatu 21 v Counties Manukau 0

Women's Bowl Semi-Final:
Tasman 26 v Hawke's Bay 17
Taranaki 14 v North Harbour 22

TECT National Sevens delivers an exciting Day One action

Saturday, December 15, 2018
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Under the blistering hot Bay of Plenty sunshine the best sevens talent went head to head on Day One of the TECT National Sevens.

In the men’s division, January’s National Sevens finalists Waikato and Tasman, along with perennial performers Counties Manukau set the standard, all going through pool play unbeaten.

Southland proved to be the surprise package, stunning Auckland 26-5 and beating neighbours Otago 17-14 to advance from Pool B.

Wellington men cruised through their first two pool matches without conceding a point before dropping to Tasman 24-10, but progress to Cup play offs as the second placed team from Pool C.

Pool D saw the tightest contest of the day, with Hawke’s Bay, Taranaki and Canterbury all recording two wins and a loss. Hawke’s Bay’s superior points difference put them through on top, while Taranaki snatched second place courtesy of their win over Canterbury.

Counties Manukau proved to have the best defence on day one, conceding just two tries, while Tasman showed their skill on attack, averaging 30 points a match.

In the women’s division it was Auckland leading the way, with the best defensive and attacking record, conceding just one try across their three matches.

Defending champions Manawatu topped Pool B while home team Bay of Plenty upset Waikato 24-7 to finish unbeaten from Pool C.

Otago tipped up Southern Region Champions Canterbury 24-12 to go through second in Pool A, while Wellington and Waikato finished second in their pools.

Counties Manukau and Canterbury round out the women's quarter finalists as the top third placed teams.

Seven pieces of silverware will be handed out on day two, from the Shield winners through to men's and women's Cup champions. Also up for grabs are the Anna Richards Cup and Joe Tauiwi Memorial Trophy for the women's and men's Player of the Tournament.

Click here for full draw and results.

Results from Day One of the TECT National Sevens

Saturday, December 15, 2018
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Men's Results:

Waikato 32 v Tasman 12
Bay of Plenty 22 v Hawke’s Bay 12
Manawatu 27 v North Harbour 5
Counties Manukau 21 v Wellington 33
Auckland 24 v Taranaki 0
Canterbury 12 v Otago 24
Waikato 50 v Hawke’s Bay 0
Bay of Plenty 26 v Tasman 0
Manawatu 29 v Wellington 12
Counties Manukau 31 v North Harbour 14
Auckland 41 v Otago 0
Canterbury 24 v Taranaki 19
Waikato 7 v Bay of Plenty 24
Hawke’s Bay 7 v Tasman 14
Manawatu 31 v Counties Manukau 12
Wellington 31 v North Harbour 12
Auckland v Canterbury
Otago 26 v Taranaki 15

Women's Results:

Waikato 32 v Tasman 12
Bay of Plenty 22 v Hawke’s Bay 12
Manawatu 27 v North Harbour 5
Counties Manukau 21 v Wellington 33
Auckland 24 v Taranaki 0
Canterbury 12 v Otago 24
Waikato 50 v Hawke’s Bay 0
Bay of Plenty 26 v Tasman 0
Manawatu 29 v Wellington 12
Counties Manukau 31 v North Harbour 14
Auckland 41 v Otago 0
Canterbury 24 v Taranaki 19
Waikato 7 v Bay of Plenty 24
Hawke’s Bay 7 v Tasman 14
Manawatu 31 v Counties Manukau 12
Wellington 31 v North Harbour 12
Auckland v Canterbury
Otago 26 v Taranaki 15

Sevens takes centre stage in Tauranga

Thursday, December 13, 2018
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The best of New Zealand’s sevens talent is descending on Tauranga with the TECT National Sevens promising an action-packed weekend of rugby.

16 men’s teams and 12 women’s teams will take the field in the two-day tournament which kicks off at Tauranga Domain on Saturday 15 December.

National honours will be on the line along with places in the All Blacks Sevens and Black Ferns Sevens developments camps to be held in the New Year.

New Zealand Rugby High Performance Sevens Manager Tony Philp said the TECT National Sevens is a crucial piece of the high performance talent identification process.

“It was only 12 months ago that we saw players like Ngarohi McGarvey-Black and Akuila Rokolisoa really put their hand up at Nationals, and both have gone on to be part of a historic year with the All Blacks Sevens.

“A good performance this weekend could see players selected for the development camps, which is a proven pathway into our national teams, so it should be an exciting prospect for everyone taking the field this weekend,” said Philp.

It’s not only emerging talent taking the field, Black Ferns Sevens’ Sarah Goss and All Blacks Sevens’ Joe Ravouvou will suit up for their provinces, both received the UL Mark of Excellence awards for Player of the Tournament at July’s Rugby World Cup Sevens.

Pools and draw confirmed
There is no such thing as an easy pool and that is certainly the case at the TECT National Sevens with strong teams spread across the four men’s and three women’s pools.

The 45th winner of the men’s national title will be crowned on Sunday with defending champion Waikato and perennial performers Counties Manukau among the favourites.

Defending men’s champions, Waikato will come up against the tournament’s most successful team, Auckland in pool play, while last tournament’s semi-finalists Wellington and Tasman are both in Pool C.

Hosts Bay of Plenty, are searching for their first title and will come up against Taranaki, Canterbury and Hawke’s Bay on Day One, while 2016 and 2017 champions Counties Manukau head Pool A after a dominant performance at their regional qualifiers.

In the women’s draw Manawatu will be looking for their fifth title after their dramatic 17-15 win over Waikato at the last Nationals. They are in Pool B alongside 2017 winners Counties Manukau.

Auckland and Canterbury won their respective qualifying events and will meet in Pool A while hosts Bay of Plenty will face a tough pool assignment against Waikato.

The full draw can be found here

Organisers of the National Sevens are encouraging Bay of Plenty locals and summer visitors to take advantage of the chance to see some of the best sevens players in the country in action.

Bay of Plenty Rugby Chief Executive Mike Rogers said the Union is excited to host the TECT National Sevens in Tauranga this weekend.

“We are looking forward to hosting the TECT National Sevens at the Tauranga Domain this year. There is a buzz around the city with the move to a new time and new venue. We can’t wait to provide our local community with an abundance of quality rugby sevens action. The quality and skill we will see along some great provincial rivalries will have any rugby fan of the edge of their seats. Plus the festive atmosphere, with markets and kids entertainment it has something for the whole Whanau to be a part of.

“The TECT National Sevens is a fantastic event to be involved with and we are exceptionally grateful for the valuable support we receive from our partners, TECT, Farmer Autovillage, Tauranga City Council North and South Trust and NZCT to ensure the tournament is a success,” said Rogers.

Key information: TECT National Sevens

Pools

Men

Pool A: Counties Manukau, Manawatu, North Harbour, Wairarapa Bush
Pool B: Waikato, Auckland, Otago, Southland
Pool C: Wellington, Tasman, Northland, South Canterbury
Pool D: Hawke’s Bay, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki, Canterbury

Women

Pool A: Auckland, Canterbury, Otago, Taranaki
Pool B: Manawatu, Counties Manukau, Wellington, North Harbour
Pool C: Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Hawke’s Bay, Tasman

TECT National Sevens App goes live

Wednesday, December 12, 2018
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Keeping up with the play at the TECT National Sevens to be held at Tauranga Domain this weekend will be a breeze thanks to an innovative app designed by Toi Ohomai Institute of Technology students.

The joint initiative with Bay of Plenty Rugby has produced an easy to use mobile phone app that enables supporters to follow the progress of their teams with instant updates.

The app will keep track of the scores from pool games and elimination rounds during the tournament that runs over Saturday and Sunday. There is also information about team lists and past winners.

The free progressive web app is a new technology used to load websites fast on mobile devices. Once the app has been saved to a device it can show content even without an internet connection.

It was a testing challenge for the students involved on many levels, not least the geographical split.

Level 7 computer science students Corban Hirawani, Peter Bowman and Kimberley Mackay are based at the Rotorua Campus, with Jackson Currie and senior tutor and project leader, Jeffrey Kranenburg, based at the Tauranga campus.

“Part of our third year, Level 7 programme is a 45-point project. The students can choose what they want they want to do but because this was a real life client and they didn’t have to make one up, we suggested it would be really good for their CV and a massive experience to work on this,” Jeffrey says.

“That is how it came about. They have been working on the project for the last semester over three to four months. They have been able to go right from the point of conception right through to a finished product.”

The project is hopefully the start of an on-going relationship with the TECT National Sevens tournament in place for the next three years in Tauranga.

“The next group of students that come through would take this as a basis and improve upon it with new features and that sort of thing,” Jeffrey says.

“It is a very exciting prospect for them.”

Bay of Plenty Rugby’s Strategic Partnerships and Special Projects Manager, David Pearce, is delighted with the project’s success.

“It is a neat step forward. We are excited about it. We have enjoyed working with those students. They are used to working with theory and now they have been able to link with industry with something that is really tangible,” David says.

“To produce an app for a New Zealand Rugby tournament is a pretty awesome thing for the students. It is going to add to the tournament.

“We are about running innovative tournaments, using technology and we think this is another neat addition that our spectators at the ground, or following around the country or the world, can utilise and have real time feedback on results.

“It just adds to the spectator experience.”

Download the app at nationalsevensapp.nz

Provincial Unions Prepare to Battle at TECT National Sevens

Wednesday, December 5, 2018
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This month’s TECT National Sevens will feature 16 provincial unions who qualified at the Northern, Central and Southern Regional Qualifiers held on Saturday.

16 men’s and 12 women’s teams will vie for top honours on December 15 and 16 at the Tauranga Domain.
In the men’s division, Tasman, Wellington and Counties Manukau topped their respective qualifying events, with defending champions Waikato finishing second in their Northern Region tournament.

South Canterbury and Wairarapa Bush join the 14 Mitre 10 Cup Unions to round out the 2018 men's competitors.

Women’s defending champions, Manawatu, led the charge in the Central Region qualifier with Farah Palmer Cup Premiership champions Canterbury winning the Southern event and Auckland topping the Northern tournament.
TECT National Sevens not only sees silverware handed out to the country’s top sevens Unions, it is also a key talent identification event for players eyeing higher honours and New Zealand Sevens selectors will be on hand to identify players for selection into the 2019 development teams.

The 2018 TECT National Sevens men’s teams are;
Northern Region
Counties Manukau
Waikato
Bay of Plenty
Auckland
North Harbour
Northland

Central Region
Wellington
Hawke’s Bay
Manawatu
Taranaki
Wairarapa Bush

Southern Region
Tasman
Otago
Canterbury
South Canterbury
Southland

The 2018 TECT National Sevens women’s teams are;
Northern Region
Auckland
Waikato
Bay of Plenty
Counties Manukau
North Harbour

Central Region
Manawatu
Wellington
Hawke’s Bay
Taranaki

Southern Region
Canterbury
Otago
Tasman

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