Both Hawke's Bay campaigners are out of title contention for the annual New Zealand secondary schoolgirls' satellite tournament staged in Napier.
Napier Girls' High School First XI side went the furthest in the four-pool, 24-team second-tier tourney at Park Island, Napier, yesterday.
They bowed out 4-0 in the semifinals yesterday afternoon to Trident of Whakatane.
The pool B playoff qualifiers started the day with a 2-1 victory over Bethlehem (Tauranga) in the quarterfinals with Aimee Atkins and Hazel Morgaine finding the net.
NGHS plays Wairarapa College in the third-place playoff at 11.45am today.
Atkins is NGHS' sharpest shooter with nine goals so far in the week-long tourney but Wairarapa's Stephanie Andrews-Paul is the tourney's golden boot with 18 goals.
Hastings Girls' High School made the playoffs cut, from pool D, but their run also ended in the quarterfinals with a don't-argue 4-1 defeat at the hands of Trident.
Guinivere MacDonald scored for HGHS, who play Queen's Margaret School, of Wellington, for seventh-eighth playoff berth at 11.45am today.
Not surprisingly the tourney juggernauts, Trident, are in today's final against Heretaunga College, of Wellington, at 1pm.
Tournament co-ordinator Greg Kettle said the standard of football was high, with games played in good spirit.
"As the tournament went on, it's warmed up each day," Kettle said with the teams are forecast to play on a balmy spring day when temperatures are expected to hit 20C.
He said next year Central Football was hoping to host the premier secondary schoolboys' tourney at Park Island again.
Napier Boys' High School finished in the top eight last year so they should be automatic qualifiers but Lindisfarne College had decided not to enter to qualify for one of two berths gifted to the region.
Kettle said Lindisfarne withdrew because of injuries to a few players but he noted the school had competed in another satellite tourney.
"It's a little disappointing but it's their decision. I hope it doesn't cost Hawke's Bay two places [in the tourney] in the future."