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Nelson and Moutere celebrate the Div 1 titles

While the rest of country declared states of emergency, Blenheim and Nelson were bathed in sunshine as we enjoyed the climax to the sub-union club rugby scene.

We had over 5,000 club rugby supporters watching Finals at Lansdowne Park (one Tasman Women and Marlborough Div 1 & 2 Finals), Cooks Recreation Reserve (Nelson Bays Div 2) and Trafalgar Park (Nelson Bays Div 1) watching club rugby. 

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Nelson too good for Wanderers in Car Company Nelson Bays final
Moutere deny Renwick in Motorworld Marlborough Div 1

We also live streamed the Nelson Bay's Div 1 Final which received 12,000 views. Both Finals will also be on Sky Rugby's Grassroots Rugby show next Thursday. 

The WIFI at Lansdowne Park made live streaming impossible in Blenheim but we will aim to rectify this for 2018.

Congratulations to the winners of the Tasman Senior Division Finals:

1. Marlborough Rugby Sub Union
Motorworld Division 1:  Moutere 22 v Renwick 19.
Motorworld Division 2:  College Old Boys 27 v Moutere 15.

2. Nelson Bays Rugby Sub Union 
Car Company Division 1: Nelson 41 v Wanderers 19.
Car Company Division 2:  Riwaka 32 v Huia 15.

3. Tasman Senior Women
Moutere 37 v Marist 5.

I would like to acknowledge the huge efforts of the clubs who made the finals. It does not happen by accident. The committees, coaches and the power brokers within these successful clubs in 2017 would have started this journey 12 months ago. Winning clubs don’t start thinking about club rugby after Christmas, but rather they start in November. 

Next week the TRU holds our planning meeting with our twelve premier Division 1 rugby clubs at Rai Valley. The club Presidents or Chairs and coaches will be present. The objective of the meeting is to present the 2018 draw (which is completed and which clubs have), review the structure of the competition that was agreed in May senior club seminars and take a look at the rule book. This meeting will start the process for clubs to start preparation for the 2018 season which is only six months away! The next six months is crucial and the clubs that get this right are normally the ones fighting for trophies in July. 

In this time, the TRU is conducting working parties that are looking at structures, timelines and innovations for Division 2 and age group rugby in 2018. The first of these meetings took place last Wednesday night at Mapua where the new age group advisory group started their planning for 2018. 

Under the watchful eye of TRU competitions manager Steve Mitchell, we have completed our annual health check by the end of July and he will have been to club committee meetings to assess the financial position, playing strength, structures, development and planning process of our stakeholders. I encourage all clubs to use Steve and his team as they are employed to ensure all rugby clubs in the region can operate effectively and efficiently.

Thank you to our fantastic supporters of the club rugby scene within the region. Every club has a fantastic band of sponsors that ensure these clubs are viable to deliver the TRU vision of growing the game of rugby. The sub-union competition have two naming rights sponsors who have supported these competitions for many years. I would like to personally thank Jared Morris from Wadsco Motorworld and Shane Drummond from The Car Company for their incredible support of club rugby within the region.

Finally, I wish to make mention of the Senior Women’s Final. Congratulations to Moutere on defeating Marist 37-5. It’s not only a great result for Moutere Rugby Club but also for women’s rugby in Marlborough overall. This year we have had two female teams from Marlborough in the competition which was fantastic.

With club rugby over we look forward to the following representative programs. These teams will be playing through to end of September. Over the next month their match schedule is as follows:

Team
Makos Pre-season v Manawatu Aug 2 v Wellington Aug 10
Makos Women Preseason camp July 29 FPC preseason v Canterbury & Otago Aug 19 & 20
Griffins Seddon Shield Aug 5 in
Murchison
Seddon Shield Aug 12 in
Murchison
V Canterbury Country Aug 19
Red Devils Seddon Shield Aug 5 in
Murchison
Seddon Shield Aug 12 in
Murchison
v Maoris (H)
Tasman Under 19’s v South Canterbury Aug 12 (Hamner Spring) v Otago Aug 19 (H) v Canterbury Aug 26 (A)

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Tony Lewis