The national tournament in Nelson awaits the New Plymouth Boys' High first XI football side after yesterday's interschool match with Palmerston North Boys' High ended in a 1-all draw.
The result sees both sides qualify at the expense of Francis Douglas Memorial College, which has to apply for a wildcard to attend.
Palmerston North had the better of the first half and applied a lot of pressure on the New Plymouth defence.
Minutes before halftime a defensive lapse gave Palmerston North the opportunity they had been waiting for and they went ahead 1-0.
The second half showed how important a result was to both sides, and featured a number of offensive raids by both teams.
Aaron Jackson was taken down in the penalty box and with the weight of the team's future in Nelson on his shoulders, he calmly kicked the penalty into the back of the net to make it 1-all.
Both sides had good chances late in the game to win the match.
Meanwhile, the New Plymouth first V basketball continued their impressive season with a convincing 78-66 win.
New Plymouth were in control for most of the game. A press and lift in tempo pushed New Plymouth out to a 20-point lead in the third quarter.
Lachie Fenwick top-scored with 19 points and pulled down 11 rebounds while Jordan Harris also had a double-double with 14 points and 18 rebounds.
In other results, New Plymouth lost the under-16 basketball 66- 60, the squash 5-1, the second XI football 2-0, the second XV rugby 42-12 and the first XI hockey 2-1.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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