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E’stel Tasman Trophy- Round 2 Matches

Last weekend all five of the cross-over matches played across the top of the south were won by Nelson-based opponents.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

The aftermath of the horrific events in Christchurch last Friday made club rugby a sombre occasion. I congratulate all the clubs, players, coaches and referees who acknowledged, prayed for and grieved with our Muslim brothers and sisters in this time of absolute shock with a moments silence before all Tasman Trophy matches. Rugby in the top of the south is an inclusive sport for all people who live in our region.

E’stel Tasman Trophy Kicks Off This weekend

The first round of the E’stel Tasman Trophy commences this Saturday and is sure to bring exciting local club rugby to a ground near you.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

The Tasman Trophy senior club competition is here yet again, and we are pleased to have E’stel Beverages on board as naming rights sponsor. This is the best senior rugby competition in the South Island. Every year it produces Mako, Super, NZ Under 20 and NZ 7s players. I’m positive the quality of the rugby will enthral spectators and introduce us to the stars of the future.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

The Moascar Cup is the oldest, most prestigious and storied trophy in NZ 1st XV rugby, and dates back to the end of World War One. The Cup is played for under a challenge system, not unlike the Ranfurly Shield.

CEO chat with Tony Lewis

Nelson claim NPD Tasman Trophy Premiership. Growing up as a kid in Dunedin I remember watching and playing many a rugby game when the ground was a field of mud. After a few minutes teams were unrecognisable and the game became a slog fest between the forwards while the backs struggled with the rain, wind and mud. I was a back and in most of these games the back three were struggling with hyperthermia and just wanted a hot shower.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

Semi-final results have set up an epic NPD Tasman Trophy Premiership Final between the two inner-city clubs, Nelson and Marist. The Final promises to be an enthralling end to what has been an entertaining and closely fought season played out by all Senior Clubs. In an exciting innovation, Central will host Wanderers in the first Championship Final that was contested by the middle four clubs on the ladder.

CEO CHAT WITH TONY LEWIS

After 11 terrific, fiercely contested rounds of NPD Tasman Trophy matches, the semi-finals are upon us and to be played this Saturday at 3pm.  These matches are hosted by the top qualifying teams, Nelson and Marist.  Marist and Waimea Old Boys finished 2nd equal on the points table, but Marist take the home semi privilege as they beat Waimea OB in their last match (the Nelson Bays Div 1 semi-final).

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

Last week was a first for the Tasman Rugby Union, and the region, when rugby tickets for the First Ever All Blacks Test in Nelson went on sale for the public. It is incredible to think that the greatest rugby team in the world will be playing a Test match here in the Tasman region. The rugby world will have their eyes firmly fixed on Nelson.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

I thought it was a breath of fresh air to hear Steve Hansen and his players not blame the referee for the debacle of the Test match last Saturday. He openly praised the performance of the referee but questioned the Law, the performance of his players and team, and finally his own selection of the team. It was the players and coaches who were at fault, not referee Angus Gardner.