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TRU Team Awards

Hosted by Joey Wheeler, the Tasman Rugby Union celebrated their Team Awards on Tuesday evening at The Bach restaurant at the Turf Hotel. These awards were presented for Community Rugby, the Tasman Under 19’s, Mako men and women teams.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

Referee abuse from the side-lines should never be part of Rugby. I will put my hand up as a player, coach, supporter and now CEO, that I’ve been guilty of questioning the ability of the referee at times. I still struggle with a referee performance in a grand-final in the Premiership where the Mako outscored the opposition in tries then still ended up losing, but this was done in the privacy of my mind wasn’t for public debate.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

Playing JAB & Age Grade Rugby has clear social, physical and mental health benefits for children but evidence illustrates that youth sports in NZ society has become increasingly controlled and regulated by adults, which takes the fun out for many children.

Staff News

TRU’s rugby development officer, Mark Cochrane, was invited by NZ Rugby to deliver All Blacks Clinics in Japan for two weeks during May. Mark, along with two other Kiwis, was based in Kashiwa-no-ha where the All Blacks will stay in the lead up to Rugby World Cup. Enjoy his story of passing on knowledge and skills to Japanese players and coaches.

Mako News

Nelson 3 match season tickets and individual match tickets are on sale NOW.

E’stel Tasman Trophy

Marist won an absolute thriller of an E’stel Tasman Trophy at Trafalgar Park on Saturday. In my book the afternoon couldn’t have been any better, with 2,000 enthralled spectators and 7,000 viewing on livestreaming – with extra time and the match finishing under lights.

E’stel Tasman Trophy

3.00pm - FINAL: Waimea Old Boys v Marist
1.30pm - Div 1: Kahurangi v Nelson
12.15pm - U13: Marist v Waimea Old Boys
11.00am - U13: Nelson v Moutere

Semi Finals this weekend

After 11 rounds the Final Four has been decided, with Waimea Old Boys taking out the Minor Premiership and the right to play 4th placed Waitohi in a semi-final at Jubilee Park. In the other 2 v 3 semi-final, Marist will host Wanderers at Trafalgar Park. Both games kick off at 3pm.

It’s Semi-Final Time!

The E’stel Tasman Trophy final series has arrived and what a round robin we have had. At the end of Saturday we had the 8th place team only a win away from a semi-final spot. I am sure the coaches, players and supporters from Kahurangi, Nelson, East Coast and Central are all reviewing the game that was lost at the last minute or an opportunity not taken.

E’STEL TASMAN TROPHY - RD 11 FIXTURES & RD 10 RESULTS

With Marist and Waimea Old Boys having sewn up first and second respectively, the final round robin round of the E’stel Tasman Trophy will determine which of Wanderers and Waitohi will finish in third and fourth spots. Wanderers will host East Coast at Jubilee Park. Waitohi travel to play Kahurangi at Cooke’s Reserve, Riwaka.