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The King’s team though will be down in firepower and faces a tough pool to get through to the next round in a particularly cut-throat competition.
King’s won through to be the southern representative at the national tournament in Auckland after claiming the southern playoff in May.
Otago Boys’ High School did not enter so it was left to Waitaki Boys’ High School and King’s to battle it out.King’s won the first two matches in a best-of-three series.
King’s coach Kane Jury said it was a good chance for the school to be on the national stage and a good experience for the players. A side from the school had not played on the national stage for a good while, he said.
With the school touch national championships on next weekend, it was decided to not play any of the side’s touch players in the Condor event.
The school also had some promising under-15 players but they had been away at school camp this week so would not be playing.
However, Jury said the side had been training hard and it was a great opportunity for the players.
The side travels to Auckland today with pool games tomorrow and the finals on Sunday.
King’s has been drawn in the same pool as host Sacred Heart College, Kerikeri High School and St Bede’s College.
With 32 teams, only the winner of the pool can be guaranteed to get through to the next round.King’s will be captained by Logan Taimalie.
The southern representative for the women’s tournament is Southland Girls’ High School.