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Wanderers & Waimea OB draw first blood {Nelson Mail]

Wanderers 36 (Ryan Setefano 2, Jackson Harvey, Alex Lean, Jesse Pitman tries, Harvey 4 cons, pen) Nelson 19 (Loui Harvey try, James Lash 4 pens, con) Ht 17-16.

WOB 30 (James Lowe 3, Mike Bates tries, Josh Rutledge con, Billy Guyton 2 pens, con) Stoke 19 (Shaun Begg, Chris Little, Chad Lowrie tries, Begg 2 cons) Ht 20-7.

Marlborough rugby season preview [Marlborough Express]

There are three distinct parts to Marlborough's senior club rugby season which kicks off at various venues around the province tomorrow.
The opening round of the Marlborough competition is played over a full round between the competing clubs - Moutere, Waitohi, Awatere, Renwick, Harlequins and Central. That's followed by the Tasman Trophy combined Marlborough/Nelson premier grade competition, played over a full round from May 5. During that competition, derby matches between Marlborough clubs will count towards second round Marlborough competition points with the Tasman Trophy semifinals and finals scheduled for June 22-29 respectively. The Marlborough second round concludes with three more round-robin matches leading to semifinals on July 20 and grand finals day on July 27. While the Marlborough Sub-Union representative programme is still to be confirmed, Marlborough Rugby operations manager Gareth Waldron is planning a six-match campaign, if everything falls into place.

Nelson club rugby: Quality, not quantity, this year [Nelson Mail]

Less is more - potentially, at least. If there's to be any significant upside to this season's downsized Car Company Nelson Bays division one club rugby competition, which starts tomorrow, it's that quality will hopefully trump quantity. This season's competition has been reduced from seven to five teams after the Motueka-based Huia and Riwaka clubs combined their dwindling division one resources to form the Kahurangi Hawks and a similar lack of player depth forced the Marist club to withdraw their top side

Walter Waaka - Club Rugby Legend [Marl Express]

Walter Waaka's contribution to Awatere and Marlborough rugby has been significant for many years and that contribution was rewarded last month. Walter was made a life member of his beloved Awatere Rugby Club for services over a long period of time in several capacities, but in particular as a player and coach.

Marist fail to muster top team [Nelson Mail]

A raft of player losses has forced the Marist Rugby Football Club to withdraw its senior team from this season's Nelson Bays and Tasman Trophy club competitions. The shock decision has been forced on the Nelson club following the loss of about 12 players from last year's senior squad, due to injuries, defections to rugby league, transfers to other clubs or provinces, and unavailability due to work commitments.

Leading coaches to share expertise in Havelock [Nelson Mail]

Current All Blacks resource coach Aussie McLean, along with Tasman Makos coaches Kieran Keane and Leon MacDonald, will share their views with senior club, school and representative coaches from across the Tasman region.

Huia & Riwaka senior A's to join forces [Nelson Mail]

The Huia and Riwaka senior A rugby teams are joining forces and will compete as the Kahurangi Hawks in the Nelson Bays club competition. Diminishing player numbers in the Motueka district in recent years has been a major factor in the clubs' decision to combine their senior A teams into one team which will compete in a six-team Nelson Bays club championship.

No slacking for Tasman sevens teams [Nelson Mail]

Tasman Men's squad: Shawn Begg (captain), Dan Hyatt (vice-captain), Kim Bateman, Mitchell Scott, James Lowe, Kaide Whiting, Ryan Setephano, Trael Joass, Fletcher Matthews, Dan Hytongue, Vern Fredericks, Sione Holani; Coach: Mike Kerrisk; Team manager: Liam Squire; Trainer: Jeremy McIlroy; Physio: Phil Arthur.

Tasman Women's squad: Ange Cotton, Moana Forbes, Jodi Hikuroa, Fern Hoskin, Alesha Curtis, Zoe Johnson, Jess Drummond, Hayley Hurring, Hazel Tubic, Yakira Taituha, Dana Wilson, Courtney O'Callahan; Non-travelling reserves: Ilisa Higgins, Abbie Cederman; Coaches: Shawn Begg and Cyril Collier; Team manager: Tracey Black; Trainer: Chez Bloxham; Physio: Phil Arthur.

Bayleys Tasman Trophy to commence May 11 [Marl Express]


Saturday, May 11: Crafar Crouch Waitohi v Enza Riwaka, Waitohi Domain; Moutere v Accessman Stoke, Awarua Park; Awatere v Galbraith Nelson, Seddon Domain; Star Garter Waimea OB a bye. Harlequins v Taylors Wanderers, Lansdowne; Wakatu Marist v Renwick, Trafalgar (TBC); New World Huia v Central, Sports Park Mot.

Saturday, May 18: Accessman Stoke v Star Garter Waimea OB, Greenmeadows; Enza Riwaka v Awatere, Riwaka; Galbraith Nelson v Moutere, Trafalgar (TBC); Crafar Crouch Waitohi a bye. Renwick v New World Huia, Renwick; Central v Harlequins, Lansdowne; Taylors Wanderers v Wakatu Marist, Brightwater.

Saturday, May 25: Crafar Crouch Waitohi v Awatere, Waitohi Domain; Galbraith Nelson v Star Garter Waimea OB, Trafalgar (TBC); Moutere v Enza Riwaka, Awarua Park; Accessman Stoke a bye. New World Huia v Wakatu Marist, Sports Park Mot; Taylors Wanderers v Central, Brightwater; Harlequins v Renwick, Lansdowne.

Tuesday, May 28: Galbraith Nelson v Accessman Stoke, T

Regional provincial unions to run Crusaders [Stuff]

The provincial unions and foundation members of the team - Canterbury, West Coast, Tasman, Mid Canterbury, Buller and South Canterbury - have formed a new limited liability company, which will run the franchise