Hamilton Girls' High School are aiming for a title defence, while Hamilton Boys' High School will be out for revenge at next week's national secondary school touch championships at the University of Waikato.
Last year's tournament was held at the same venue, and HGHS will be aiming to keep the result the same too, after they went through the girls' grade unbeaten and tipped over Mt Albert Grammar School 3-1 in the final.
Paeroa College is the other Waikato school in the girls' grade.
In the mixed grade, St Peter's School and Morrinsville College will battle for the honours, with the former being beaten in last year's semifinals by eventual winners Macleans College, who are back to defend their title via a wildcard entry.
Meanwhile, HBHS, the only Waikato side in the boys' grade, will be desperate to avenge their 6-5 loss to Rotorua Boys' High School in an extra time thriller in last year's decider.
Prior to that, HBHS had won the previous three tournaments.
The fast-paced action will run from Friday to Sunday and selectors will be on hand to pick a tournament paper team in each of the three grades.
In the past the nationals have featured the likes of Kiwis and NRL rugby league star Benji Marshall and Silver Ferns netballer Liana Leota (both in 2001-02), as well as former All Black Mils Muliaina (1997).
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