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Posts From May, 2019

E'stel Water promotional offer

E'stel Beverages are proud sponsors of Tasman Rugby and want to support your club in your fundraising efforts. They now offer you E’stel Water at a vastly discounted price of $1.00 +GST per bottle. To place your order or if you have any questions, please contact Andy at

Aim for Fair Play with Armageddon

Tasman Rugby in partnership with Armageddon Paintball are rewarding fair play and sportsmanship in Age-Grade Rugby. This positive initiative aims to encourage teams to play in the ‘spirit of the game’ based on the Tasman Community Rugby values.

E'stel Tasman Trophy Rd 8 Wrap Up

Marist 26 drew with Waimea 26
Wanderers 32 def Stoke 30
Nelson 26 def Kahurangi 22
Waitohi 24 Moutere 8
Central 30 def East Coast 10

E'stel Women's Tasman Trophy Round 2 Report

Motueka High School 36 Wanderers 22
Moutere 40 Waimea Old Boys 24

UC Championship Round 1 report

Marlborough Boys College 52 Mid-Canterbury Combined 8
St Thomas 43 Waimea Combined 12
St Andrew's College 33 Nelson College 31

CEO Chat with Tony Lewis

Wow, what a great weekend for rugby on the first Saturday in May, highlighted by the start of JAB and Age Group rugby. I remember back to this age, as I'm sure many of you do, and the absolute joy of the first game of the season. My grandfather would be telling me to dress and look like a rugby player as that might fool the opposition.


The match of round 9 will feature two Top 4 teams, Marist and Waitohi going head to head at Tahunanui. Wanderers will be looking to consolidate their spot in the Top 4 when hosting East Coast at Brightwater, Kahurangi will host the improving Central at Sports Park Motueka, Nelson will want to continue the momentum of their usual E’stel Tasman Trophy challenge at Renwick while Stoke will be looking for points when last placed Moutere visit Greenmeadows.

Position Vacant: Personal Development Manager

The New Zealand Rugby Union, the New Zealand Rugby Players’ Association and the Tasman Rugby Union are looking for a new Personal Development Manager. The role is a contractor and is for a fixed term period of 24 months and it is expected to be approximately 24 hours per week.

Rugby focuses on enjoyment not wins

The days of the abusive side-line parent are becoming a thing of the past as junior sport continues to put emphasis on enjoyment and off winning. The Tasman union’s age-grade rugby saw a 38 percent reduction in red and yellow cards last season, a statistic that is being attributed to several initiatives to improve the game.

UC Championship Round 2 report

Nelson College 43 Roncalli Aoraki Combined 3
Waimea Combined Schools 17 Mid Canterbury Combined 15
Marlborough Boys College 24 St Andrew's College 30

E'stel Tasman Trophy Rd 9 Wrap Up

Marist 34 def Waitohi 25
Nelson 43 def Renwick 7
Stoke 67 def Moutere 10
Wanderers 33 def East Coast 22
Central 27 def def Kahurangi 19

E'stel Women's Tasman Trophy Round 3 Report

Moutere 50 Awatere 0
Waimea OB 38 Motueka High School 12

Changes made to Age Grade Rep Rugby

Mako players will help upskill all age grade players. A decision by the Tasman Rugby Union Board and staff has been reached to replace the current age grade representative program with age grade player development sessions for all participants.


With 2 regular season rounds of the E’stel Tasman Trophy remaining, the fight remains on for clubs to earn a place in the semi-finals. Marist and Waimea look assured of places.

Hawke's Bay HP prevail in first pre-season match

Hawke’s Bay HP 31 beat Tasman HP 24 (Mike Vaeno, Timoci Tavatavanawai, Jamie Spowart, Sam Briggs tries, Briggs 2 con).

E'stel Women's Tasman Trophy Round 4 results

Waimea OB 34 Wanderers 8
Motueka High Scool 50 Awatere 0

UC Championship Round 3 report

Nelson College 20 St Bede's College 18
St Andrew's College 58 Waimea Combined Schools 3
Marlborough Boys College 47 Shirley High School 45.

E'stel Tasman Trophy Rd 10 Wrap Up

Nelson 22 drew with Waimea 22
Marist 42 def Stoke 22
Wanderers 21 def Kahurangi 19
Waitohi 28 def East Coast 24
Moutere 28 def Renwick 24

Volunteers essential to Club Rugby

It’s important to acknowledge the volunteers behind all our clubs and schools. Each club has a superstar or two behind the scenes, and they do a power of work to get their teams out on the field. They wear many hats and are often coaching a junior team, refereeing, managing a senior team or organising the BBQ.


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.

UC Championship Round 4 report

Nelson College 43 Rangiora High School 38
Waimea Combined 43 Roncalli Aoraki Combined 0
St Bede's College 21 Marlborough Boys College 10.

E'stel Tasman Trophy Rd 11 Wrap Up

Waimea 40 def East Coast 33
Renwick 33 def Marist 17
Kahurangi 50 def Waitohi 17
Wanderers 37 def Moutere 24
Central 60 def Stoke 15.

E'stel Women's Tasman Trophy Round 5 report

Moutere 37 Motueka High School 22.
Melodie Bosman receives her Black Ferns cap.

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.

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.

Vale Ken Mansfield

The Stoke Rugby Club lost a true legend last week when Ken Mansfield passed away suddenly while at work.
His Senior playing career spanned four decades from the 1970s to the 2000s. He played in excess of 200 senior games, the most for Stoke.

Nelson College reigns supreme in 1st XV derby

Nelson College 48 (Faigaanuku, Lund, McDonald-Hill, Thornally, Brown, Malaulau) v Marlborough Boys College 14 (Duncan, Vakaloa tries, Murrell 2 cons)