2021 Macca’s Thomson and Whelan Draws Released

The draw for the first five rounds of our flagship High School Basketball Competitions has just been released

The published draw all the way up until June 15 can be seen here

There are some games that need their date/time/location finalised, but the bulk of the draw is there for you all to see.

With our games expected to be played under Alert Level One conditions, there won’t be a requirement from us for schools to manage the number of spectators, or contact trace, with the Government’s NZ COVID Tracer app the preferred method for the general public to keep a record of where they visit.


There are some games of particular note occurring in week one (May 11):

  • Middleton Grange and Cashmere will have their traditional opening round match
  • Rolleston Girls will have their first ever game (hosting Riccarton)
  • St. Andrew’s travels to the Duck pond (Rangiora), with the Whelan teams from each school being the pre-season favourites to meet again in the Grand Final

You can see the pre-season rankings for the Division One teams here

The Formats for each competition are listed below:

For the Thomson Trophy Division One Competition, the format will be the same as the last two year, with 12 teams granted entry into the competition. Two even pools of six will play a round, before splitting into pools of the top six and bottom six teams. After another five rounds of competition, four rounds of playoffs will be held with the two remaining teams standing playing on Tuesday 24 August at Cowles Stadium.

In the Whelan Trophy Division One Competition a full round will be played between the ten teams, before Quarter Finals on August 10/11. Semi Finals will be on August 17, and the Grand Final on Tuesday 24 August as well.

In both of the Thomson and Whelan Trophy Division Two Competitions, a full round will be played between the eleven teams. Semi Finals will be on August 17, and the Grand Final played on Monday 23 August at Cowles Stadium.


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