2019 ICNZ Junior Provincial Championships Recap and Results

Ahmad Khawaja

Northern Districts won the Under-17 Girls Junior Provincial Title (Image Courtesy: Emma Breitmeyer)

The 2019 Junior Provincial Championships took place at Action Indoor Sports, Central Auckland from 13-15 July 2019, and saw the winners shared across the grades, with Wellington, Northern Districts and Canterbury taking the honours.

24 teams contested four grades during the three-day tournament which included the Under-17 Boys, Under-17 Girls, Under-15 Boys and Under-13 Boys’ grades.

Unsurprisingly, Wellington took out the Under-17 Boys title with a convincing win over Central Districts in the final. The Wellington Junior programme looks especially promising, with a number of players including Regan Craig, MVP Rogan Vekony, Ryan Jackson and Matthew Scoble backing for the Under-22 Boys side whilst captain Micah Conroy also turned out for the Premier Men in the Senior Provincial Competition. Auckland defeated Northern Districts in the Plate final in a grade which also featured Southern Districts.

Northern Districts were crowned champions in the Under-17 Girls grade after defeating Wellington in the final. With the likes of the Bowden sisters, Alyysa and Skye, as well as Marama Downes in the side, the Sharks were able to hit three digits in their chase of 89 in the final. Auckland Blue and Auckland White also featured in the grade.

The Under-15 Boys grade featuring two thrilling finales in the Plate and Cup finals. Canterbury were victorious in the Cup final, chasing down 101 against Auckland Blue to triumph by one run, whilst Auckland White chased down 54 to also get across the line by one run in the Plate final against Northern Districts. The grade also featured Central Districts, Wellington and Southern Districts.

The Under-13 Boys grade was as hotly contested and saw Northern Districts achieve their second cup triumph of the weekend with a one-run win over Wellington in the final. Canterbury Red took home the Plate trophy with tense four-run win over Central Districts. This was the largest grade featured at the tournament with eight teams in all, including Northern Districts Gold, Auckland Blue, Auckland White and Canterbury Black.

SUMMARY:

(1). UNDER-17 BOYS:

CUP WINNER: Wellington

Runners-Up: Central Districts

Grand Final Result: Wellington 94 def. Central Districts 37

PLATE WINNER: Northern Districts

Plane Final Result: Northern Districts 117 def. Auckland Blue 69

Team MVPs:

Wellington – Micah Conroy

Northern Districts – Devon Murdoch

Central Districts – Samuel Pawson

Auckland – Tyran Van Ingen-Kal

Southern Districts – Liam Hobbs

OVERALL MVP: Rogan Vekony (Wellington)

(2). UNDER-17 GIRLS:

WINNER: Northern Districts

Runners-Up: Wellington

Grand Final Result: Wellington 88 lost to Northern Districts 110

Team MVPs:

Northern Districts – Skye Bowden

Wellington – Hannah Kells

Auckland Blue – Gemma Adams

Auckland White – Zarra Sain

OVERALL MVP: Skye Bowden (Northern Districts)

(3). UNDER-15 BOYS:

CUP WINNER: Canterbury

Runners-Up: Auckland Blue

Grand Final Result: Auckland Blue 100 lost to Canterbury 101

PLATE WINNER: Auckland White

Grand Final Result: Northern Districts 53 lost to Auckland White 54

Team MVPs:

Southern Districts – Jordan Kelso

Canterbury – Harry Bisphan

Northern Districts – Caine Bethane

Auckland White – Na’il Moerat

Auckland Blue – Harlin Amaral

Central Districts – Pritpal Singh

Wellington – Lachlan Bailey

OVERALL MVP: Harry Bisphan (Canterbury)

(4). UNDER-13 BOYS:

CUP WINNERS: Northern Districts

Runners-Up: Wellington

Grand Final Result: Northern Districts 79 def. Wellington 78

PLATE WINNERS: Canterbury Red

Plate Final Result: Canterbury Red 70 def. Central Districts 66

Team MVPs:

Northern Districts Gold – Adam Manners

Canterbury Red – Ryan Samson

Central Districts – Oliver Beale

Canterbury Black – Cameron James

Auckland Blue – Keiran Alker

Auckland White – Kyle Premadasa

Northern Districts Maroon – Seb Heath

Wellington – Oscar Reid

OVERALL MVP: Seb Heath (Northern Districts Maroon)

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