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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.

Meet our staff

Martyn Vercoe doubles as our Sponsorship Manager in Marlborough during the “off season”, and as the manager of the Tasman Makos during our Mitre 10 Cup campaign. We were also proud of his appointment as the team manager of the NZ Under 20’s team that won the recent World Championship in Georgia.

1st XV Rugby

Nelson College won the Quadrangular Tournament with a comprehensive 29 – 5 victory in the Final against Christ’s College on the Front Field yesterday. Nelson College made the Final on the back of a 24 – 5 win over heavyweights Wellington College on Monday. Christ’s College had defeated Wanganui Collegiate 13 - 7 in Monday’s other fixture.

Senior Competition Reviews

Moutere consolidated top spot with a narrow 21 – 20 win over second placed Renwick in the Wadsco Motorworld Marlborough division 1 comp. East Coast upset Waitohi 36 – 25 in Picton, while Central soundly beat Harlequins 36 - 3

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

There are many players who are on the verge of Tasman under 19, Griffins, Red Devils or Tasman Makos selection wanting to maintain their form and push themselves into the selectors reckoning at this time of the year.

Coach impressed with Tasman's pre-season opening win

Tasman Emerging Players 49 (Pelefoti Siaki 2, Johnny Ika, Fletcher Matthews, Rupena Parkinson, Tone Ng Shiu, Tomas Aoake tries, Tim O'Malley 6 con, Andrew Knewstubb con) v Counties Cavaliers 26 (Matt Vaai, Gafa Su'a, Feta Luamanu, Sepu Taufa tries, Luteru Laulala 2 con, Jared Page con) HT: 28-14.

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Kahu Marfell is head of our Community Rugby team, taking the game out to the grass-roots clubs and schools. Kahu is widely known and respected for his work with Nelson Bays then Tasman Rugby Unions, and for his rugby ability at college, club, provincial and Tasman Makos level.

1st XV Rugby

Timaru Boys' College visit to Blenheim resulted in 22-7 victory over the home side, Marlborough Boys College. Waimea Combined Schools landed a last-minute penalty goal to secure a 22-20 home UC Championship win at Waimea College. Conversely, a late penalty goal gave Christchurch BHS a 13-11 result over Nelson College in Christchurch.

Senior Competition Reviews

Kahurangi reversed a first-round loss at the hands of Nelson with a deserved 29–27 win over the Car Company Nelson Bays Div 1 leaders. Wanderers' outplayed Waimea Old Boys for a 54-7 victory that now leaves them just two points adrift of Nelson in second place, while Marist stepped up to beat Stoke 37-30 to consolidate their semi-finals spot.

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

The adage “rugby was the winner” is one many Kiwi rugby enthusiasts would have said after that magnificent All Black & Lions display on the weekend. The quality of the game, the event spectacle and the British & Irish fans boost to the Auckland economy were all factors to admire.