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Primary School Competitions Taranaki Trophy, McLeod Shield, Linkhorn Cup

2014 Competition

Results were as follows:

Mc Leod Shield
Toko 25 vs St Josephs Opunake 20

Taranaki Trophy
St Josephs Hawera 69 vs Auroa School 19

Linkhorn Cup
Puketapu School 38 vs Inglewood Primary 31

Taranaki Trophy

CONGRATULATIONS to the following past winners of the Linkhorn Cup:
2014 - St Josephs Hawera
2013 - St Josephs Stratford
2012 - St Joseph's Hawera
2011 - St Joseph's School Stratford

Taranaki Trophy - Under 63kg

This competition will cater for 10 aside teams with players in bare feet. Entries can be registered from all schools with a roll between 151 and 280 as at entry close off date.

McLeod Shield

CONGRATULATIONS to the following past winners of the McLeod Shield:
2014 - Toko Primary School
2013 - Toko Primary School
2012 - Toko Primary School
2011 - Toko Primary School

This sheild was first presented in 1920, and was played for between schools or groups of schools with a combined roll of 200 or less. Originally a knockout competition to find the North and South finalists, the shield then went on to be competed for by a round robin tournament played in zones. Each of the four zones contributed a winner who then played a knockout series to find the finalists. The teams were ten a side with a 54 kg weight limit and the boys played in barefeet.  Now days the shield is still played for by 10 aside teams in barefeet but for children under the weight of 63kg.  This competition was and still is extremely popular amongst the many country schools who participate.

Entries are invited from all schools in Taranaki with a roll of less than 150 as at entry close off date with the following conditions:

•any school with a roll of 51 or more can only combine with one other school to be eligible to enter into the McLeod Shield.

Linkhorn Cup

CONGRATULATIONS to the following past winners of the Linkhorn Cup:
2014 - Puketapu School
2013 - Inglewood Primary
2012 - Stratford Primary School
2011 - Inglewood Primary School

The Linkhorn Cup was originaly presented to the South Taranaki Primary Schools in 1926 for competition amongst schools with a roll of over 200. This was widened to include invited northern sides in the late 1960s. In the upcoming years the larger primary schools such as Stratford, Eltham and Opunake won the trophy on many occasions. With schools such as Bell Block and Inglewood then begining to play every year, an interesting competition developed. The cup was then competed for on a knockout basis playing 15 a side with players in boots and with a maximum weight of 56kg.  Currently the Linkhorn Cup is still played as a 15 aside competition with boots but the weight of children participating is now under 60kg.  Entries are invited from all schools in Taranaki with a roll of 280 pupils and above as at entry close off date.


General points to consider for the Taranaki Trophy/McLeod Shield/Linkhorne competitions are as follows:

  • Schools are encouraged to play other sports as an inter school exchange
  • Schools are to arrange playing days and suitable playing times to suit
  • The contact for referees to officiate at games is;
    Ray Hopkinson
    027 2236949