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Posts From October, 2016

Makos defeat Steelers

It’s not like the Makos to go tryless, but to do so and still win against a big and strong team like Counties Manukau is very pleasing. An astute kicking game from Marty Banks and Mitchell Hunt kept turning the big Counties forward pack around and in their own half of the field for lengthy periods.

Meet Tom Hill

Tom Hill is a young man of 21 years who made his debut at prop forward for Tasman in the Mitre 10 Cup, coming on as a replacement against Counties. A 1st XV player at Nelson College, he gained NZ Under-20’s selection for the 2015 Oceania Rugby Junior Championship on Australia's Gold Coast.

Guyton back in the hot seat and thriving on the competition

"You learn things from everyone and Jimmy was awesome, he taught me a lot about the game. And Finlay's really quick so I had to speed up if I wanted to get in front of him because he's a quick little bugger,"

Makos named to play Auckland at Eden Park

Mitchell Hunt, Tima Faingaanuku, Alex Nankivell, David Havili, Caleb Makene, Marty Banks, Billy Guyton; Pete Samu, Shane Christie, Tevita Koloamatangi, Alex Ainley, Quinten Strange, Ross Geldenhuys, Andrew Makalio, Tim Perry. Reserves: Jesse MacDonald, Kane Hames, Siua Halanukonuka, Ethan Blackadder, Shannon Frizell, Finlay Christie, Trael Joass, Viliami Lolohea.

Semifinal hopes alive with historic away win over Auckland

Tasman 49 (Pete Samu, Tim Perry, David Havili, Quentin Strange tries, Marty Banks 6 pen, 4 con, Havili pen) v Auckland 31 (Lolagi Visinia 2, Scott Scrafton, Pryor Collier tries, Simon Hickey pen, 4 con) HT: 23-24

Andrew Makalio enjoying his chance to repay Tasman's selectors

Makalio has represented Auckland in every age-group from under-15s to Auckland B, so Tasman's historic 49-31 win over Auckland at Eden Park last Thursday held as much significance for the former Onehunga High School product as it did for the rest of his Tasman team-mates.

Makos host the Stags this Sunday

Be sure to support the team this Sunday 2.35pm as they play their final regular season home match on Trafalgar Park. Tickets can be bought at Nelson i-Site, Richmond Mall, Mitre 10 MEGA, NBS branches, online OR at the Gates from 1.00pm Sunday.

Meet Shannon Frizell

Shannon is a young man from Tonga who came to play club rugby for Marist and try and break into the Makos. His club form earned him that selection for 2016 and he has made every post a winner, appearing in all matches played to date.

Tasman Makos named to play Harbour in Albany

Mitchell Hunt, Viliami Lolohea, Alex Nankivell, David Havili, James Lowe, Marty Banks, Finlay Christie; Shannon Frizell, Tevita Koloamatangi, Ethan Blackadder, Alex Ainley (captain), Quinten Strange, Ross Geldenhuys, Andrew Makalio, Tim Perry. Reserves: Jesse MacDonald, Kane Hames, Siua Halanukonuka, Te Ariki Ben-Nicholas, Braden Stewart, Billy Guyton, Kieron Fonotia, Caleb Makene.

Tasman, North Harbour battle to exciting draw

Tasman 27 (David Havili, Andrew Makalio, Shannon Frizell tries, Marty Banks 3 con, 2 pen) v North Harbour 27 (Matt McGahan, Matt Vaega, Adrian Smith tries, Bryn Gatland 3 con, 2 pen) HT: 13-13

Makos named to hunt the Stags

Mitchell Hunt, Viliami Lolohea, Kieron Fonotia, David Havili, James Lowe, Marty Banks, Billy Guyton, Pete Samu, Shane Christie (c), Shannon Frizell, Pari Pari Parkinson, Alex Ainley, Ross Geldenhuys, Andrew Makalio, Tim Perry. Reserves: Jesse MacDonald, Kane Hames, Siua Halanukonuka, Quinten Strange, Ethan Blackadder, Finlay Christie, Alex Nankivell, Caleb Makene.

Record Tasman win over Stags secures semi-final spot

Tasman 56 (Pete Samu, Andrew Makalio, James Lowe, Viliami Lolohea, Jesse Macdonald, Alex Nankivell, Alex Ainley, Caleb Makene tries; Mitchell Hunt 5 con; Tim O'Malley 3 con) Southland 0. HT: 21-0.

Makos in the semi-final this Sunday!

Sunday’s 56 – 0 victory over Southland was the team’s largest ever winning margin, it secured third spot on the Premiership table and set up a semi-final match with Taranaki next Sunday in New Plymouth.The semi-final is set for Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth on Sunday with kick off at 4.35pm.

Meet Ethan Blackadder

Originally selected to the Makos squad as a wider training member, 21 year old Ethan Blackadder has taken his opportunity as an injury cover replacement in round 4 against Otago to become a big part of the Tasman match day line-up, playing the last 7 matches in the backrow.

Captain Christie thriving under new regime

The Tasman Makos' inspirational captain has played a significant role this season in helping to mould a relatively new squad under a new coaching regime, culminating in the team qualifying for Sunday's Mitre 10 Cup premiership rugby semifinal clash with Taranaki at New Plymouth's Yarrow Stadium.

Makos team named to take on Taranaki in Premiership semi-final

Mitchell Hunt, Viliami Lolohea, Kieron Fonotia, David Havili, James Lowe, Marty Banks, Billy Guyton; Pete Samu, Shane Christie, Tevita Koloamatangi, Alex Ainley, Pari Pari Parkinson, Ross Geldenhuys, Jesse MacDonald, Tim Perry. Reserves: Brendan Asomua-Goodman, Kane Hames, Siua Halanukonuka, Shannon Frizell, Ethan Blackadder, Finlay Christie, Alex Nankivell, Caleb Makene.

Tasman headed to premiership final

Tasman 41 (Ross Geldenhuys, Alex Nankivell, Mitchell Hunt, Billy Guyton, Marty Banks tries, Marty Banks 5 con, 2 pen) v Taranaki 29 (Seta Tamanivalu, Johnny Faauli, Te Toiroa Tahuriorangi, Declan O'Donnell, Mitchell Crosswell tries, Marty McKenzie 2 con) HT: 24-12

Makos on the brink of Finals history

The Tasman Makos are on the brink of a significant new chapter in their brief history as they attempt to win their first national provincial premiership rugby title in Christchurch next Saturday.

Competitive rivalry between Tasman and Canterbury

2007 ~ 2016: Played 12, Canterbury 8 wins, Tasman 4 wins

Keane keen for Makos triumph

"The highlight for me has been how well the young fellas have stepped up. It has provided much-needed depth and there is a succession plan being followed that will hold them in good stead." - Kieran Keane

Makos chomp on Bulls

Our mighty Makos were unrelenting in overcoming an outstanding Taranaki opponent, 41 -29 at Yarrow Stadium, New Plymouth in Sunday afternoon’s Mitre 10 Cup Premiership semi-final.

Farewell Kieron Fonotia

Kieron Fonotia (Mako # 90) has played 64 matches for Tasman since 2011, scoring 11 tries as an outstanding outside centre.

FREE Tickets to the Final

It’s hugely exciting to have our Mighty Makos contesting the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership Final on Saturday night, our 2nd Premiership Final in 3 seasons.

Tasman quartet selected for NZ Maori

Winger James Lowe, halfback Billy Guyton, prop Kane Hames and flanker Shane Christie were confirmed in the 26-player squad named on Tuesday for a three-match tour which kicks off against the USA Eagles at Toyota Park in Chicago on November 4.

Tim Perry primed, ready for NPC final

On Sunday, the 28 year-old played his 50th game for the country's newest union, an achievement that almost went unnoticed in the euphoria of victory. He was presented with a blazer after the semifinal.

Marty's banking on one last hurrah

The Ranfurly Shield aside, Reefton's most celebrated export is now chasing the one big prize that's so far eluded him - the national premiership crown - to complete an even more illustrious set.

Makos named to play Canterbury in Mitre 10 Cup Final

Mitchell Hunt, Viliami Lolohea, Kieron Fonotia, Alex Nankivell, James Lowe, Marty Banks, Billy Guyton; Pete Samu, Shane Christie (captain), Shannon Frizell, Quentin Strange, Alex Ainley, Ross Geldenhuys, Andrew Makalio, Tim Perry. Reserves: Jesse MacDonald, Kane Hames, Siua Halanukonuka, Pari Pari Parkinson, Ethan Blackadder, Finlay Christie, David Havili, Caleb Makene.

MacDonald: It's just gutting

Tasman head coach Leon MacDonald certainly didn't hide his disappointment. "It's just gutting...we didn't really show what we were capable of doing with just little mistakes and tow tries in the first three or four minutes, with a team like Canterbury, you just can't do that," MacDonald said.

Tasman Makos not there yet

You don't get to be national provincial rugby champions for seven of the past eight years by good fortune or accident. Canterbury have set the standard for NPC excellence over the past decade and they showed why with their 43-27 triumph on Saturday evening.

Tasman Makos succession plan well in hand

Lewis said that the union had already locked in a key group of young players to two-year contracts with loose forwards Shannon Frizell and Ethan Blackadder and lock Pari Pari Parkinson joining forwards Siua Halanukonuka and Andrew Makalio and backs Billy Guyton, Alex Nankivell, Trael Joass and Tima Faingaanuku.

Canterbury defeat Tasman in Premiership Final

Canterbury 43 (R.Mo'unga 2, D.McDuling, N.Earle, R.Thompson, B.Harmon tries; J.Barrett 5 con, 1 pen) v Tasman 27 (S.Frizell, B.Guyton, J.McDonald tries; M.Banks 3 con, 2 pen)
HT: 22-13

Final win for Canterbury

Let’s start by acknowledging how good Canterbury played in the Mitre 10 Cup Premiership Final. They were terrific, as they were all season losing just 2 games in 12. That said, 2017 has been another excellent season for Tasman, with the team punching above its weight to make a second Premiership final in 3 seasons.

Farewell Marty Banks

We could always bank on Marty. Mako # 116, Marty Banks played 40 matches for Tasman since 2013, leading the Makos backline with guile while scoring a record 643 points at first five-eighth. A fan favourite, Marty is clearly the best number 10 to play for Tasman and was selected to the Makos Team of the Decade last year.