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CEO Chat with Tony Lewis



Last weekend and this Saturday night we had the Makos team management working overtime with the Makos squad players and meeting potential long term Makos players and their families. I was surprised when one of the group informed me yesterday that some supporters had offered some well-meaning advice, that they believed that the Makos team had become too corporate and were in danger of losing the community. 

It would easy to just ignore these comments and move on but I was brought up to listen carefully and don’t dismiss other people’s thoughts. The promise that I can make under my watch is that the TRU, Makos players, and support team will never forget that we are the “people’s team”. The Makos team management, players and I are acutely aware that the Tasman Makos is the people's team from Collingwood to Murchison to Kaikoura and all points north. 

It is for that reason we are working to re-establish the "Makos Supporters Club". Les Edwards and staff from Media Works have been working very hard over the last two months on this project.

We realise that this is a five-year plan to return the supporters club to its former glory and the long-term objective is to create a supporter’s club that will become the hub of the Makos team. In year one it’s also been decided to trial in Nelson, with a view to rolling out in Blenheim in 2018. 

The supporters club will be a unique opportunity pre-and post-match to have a beer and banter with like-minded supporters. We’ll have players at the pre-match while the after match at the supporter’s club will include both teams and a real opportunity to listen to the Captains speeches and mingle with both teams. In 2017, we have a great partner in the "The Rock" who are committed to make the supporters club the place to be. It will be something special for the members with exclusive rewards and benefits.

I encourage all the Makos Fans and sign up now for The Makos Supporters Club here

It’s a great way to show your support for your team. You’ll gather alongside other true Makos fans and, for the first home game against our arch enemies Canterbury, you will be hosted by The Morning Rumble member John Day at the Turf Hotel Pre-and Post-match functions. 

The list of benefits available to Club members are:

  • Discounted tickets to each Tasman Makos home game.
  • Makos Supporters Club Exclusive Lanyard Pass.
  • Prime East Stand seating with The Makos Supporters Club Members.
  • 10% Discount on Makos apparel at Stirling Sports Nelson/Richmond and Whitwells Menswear Motueka when you present your Lanyard Pass.
  • Drinks specials at The Turf Hotel and New Street Steakhouse upon presentation of your Lanyard Pass.
  • Entry to the Pre- and Post-Match Function with Makos Players.
  • Entry into The Makos Supporters Club competition. (drawn at the Post Match Function).

Mako Supporters Club – Nelson 2017

Game #1

The Tasman Makos v Canterbury
17th August 7:30pm Kick off
Pre-Drinks: Turf Hotel 5pm
Post Drinks: Turf Hotel, after final whistle (Happy hour pricing)
A bus will be provided for The Makos Supporters Club members departing from Trafalgar Park to the Turf.

Game #2

Tasman Makos v Southland Stags
24th September 4:35pm Kick off
Pre-Drinks: Marist Club from 3pm
Post-Drinks: Marist Club, after final whistle (Happy hour pricing)

Game #3

Tasman Makos v Auckland
8th October 2:35pm
Pre-Drinks: Marist Club from 1pm
Post-Drinks: Marist Club, after final whistle (Happy hour pricing)

I encourage you all (as I have already done) to Join the Makos Supporters Club by filling out the form here. Then follow the prompts to purchase your season tickets.

Joining the Makos Supporters Club is one way you can help keep the Makos well and truly ground in the community.

#FinzUp
Tony Lewis