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NorthTec Adam Blair Competition



Congratulations to the NorthTec Adam Blair 2015 Champions, Whangarei Boys High School. Click here to read full story.





Northland Champions 9-A-Side Tournament

Also, a congratulations to the following schools that qualified for the Northland Champions 9-A-Side tournament, to be hosted at Lindvart Park on 18th June 2015.

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North Champions: Okaihau College 1, Kaitaia College, Okaihau College 2

South Champions: Dargaville High School, Whangarei Boys High, Kamo College



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