The Te Kani Shield was gifted by Paora Te Kani’s family after he died in battle in Tunisia in 1943. Since then it has been played for between BOP Secondary Schools. It is similar to the Ranfurly Shield, although contested at home and away matches. The challenger must win the match to win the shield.
Our journey started on May 26th 2018 when we travelled to Rotorua to play Western Heights High School and won the game 10:7. Unfortunately we failed to defend the shield in our next game when we were defeated at home 17:20 by Te Puke High School. The next time we saw the shield was in our home game against John Paul College in July when we won 8:5. We then successfully defended it away against Rotorua Boys School winning 28:10. This win meant we got to keep the shield and were entitled to have our name engraved onto it. This is the first time in the history of the shield that Trident High School has had their name on it.
This year’s journey to defend the shield started on the 11th May, with our first home game against Aquinas College. Trident’s 1st XV played an awesome game and took the win 51:0.
The boys and the shield traveled to Rotorua this week to take on John Paul College. The boys anticipated they would be in for a tough game, as they took the shield from JPC last season. Although JPC had lots of pace and good structure they were not prepared for the speed, set plays and teamwork that THS displayed. THe game saw JPC score one try as opposed to Trident’s 7. Rihari Jobe, Daniel Ford and Ethan Wharewera all scored 1 try each. Dallas Teepa and Kaia Cole scored 2 each and Ethan Wharewera added 5 conversions to the scorecard. The game ended 45:5, means Trident keep the shield for another week.