The 2021 NSW Secondary School Regionals set the bar high for this year’s Champion of Champions, which has been announced postponed due to NSW Health regulations.
From March to June, NSW Oztag ran tournaments in ten regions across the state, allowing Secondary Schools the opportunity to compete for their regional title and secure an invitation to the prestigious Champion of Champions.
2021 marks the fourth year of Champion of Champions – an event that will see 115 of the best Secondary School teams play off over two days for the All-Schools State title.
The event was set to be held on Tuesday 20 and Wednesday 21 July, 2021 at the Kingsway Playing Fields, Werrington.
However, due to the extension of the NSW Government Stay at Home Order across Greater Sydney, including Central Coast, Blue Mountains, Wollongong and Shellharbour, the tournament has been postponed.
NSW Oztag are currently rescheduling the 2021 Champion of Champions to a date later in the year.
Tournament Coordinator, Jordan Hollis said that the date will likely be in Term Four, with the intention to work around the High School Certificate.
“It’s unfortunate that we are unable to run our biggest school competition in these current times, but it gives us something to still look forward to later in the year,” he said.
“The new date and venue will be confirmed once we gain more clarity on School Sport protocol,”
“The rescheduled event will remain a two-day tournament; teams will still play 6 round games, followed by qualifying Finals,” Hollis said.
Selectors will be present over the two days of competition and will name six NSW teams to verse ACT in a first of its kind inter-state School Championships.
Hollis said that as the game continues to filter through schools, the competition broadens and with that comes a greater standard of Oztag.
“With region sizes growing and new regions wanting to compete, I think this year’s Champion of Champions will be of the highest quality we’ve seen in schools to date,” Hollis said.
Hollis is delighted with the growth of the event and the opportunity it presents to Oztag’s rising stars in a school environment.
“Our first Champion of Champions event in 2017 saw 47 teams from across the state compete, this year we have 115,” Hollis said.
“Oztag is so popular among teens, so it’s great that high schools are giving students the opportunity to showcase their talent and receive recognition for it,” he said.
Champion of Champions invitations were extended to all regional Grand Finalists; both winners and runners up from the six divisions – Boys Year 7/8, Boys Year 9/10, Boys Year 11/12, as well as Girls Year 7/8, Girls Year 9/10 and Girls Year 11/12.
Secondary School Regional tournaments were held at the following ten regions:
South West Sydney