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2007 AIR NEW ZEALAND CUP

Coach:

Dennis Brown

Asst. Coach:

Bevan Caldwallader

Manager:

Terry Williamson

Asst Manager:

Brett Thornalley

Two wins in their first three games – including victory over giant killers Hawke’s Bay, was as good as it got for Tasman this season. There were no bonus try scoring points but the four close losses, including one to neigbour Canterbury, was encouraging. That Tasman scored less and conceded more in the latter part of the season was not an indication of lack of progress but rather it was how the draw had treated them. Name players had come and gone, but in truth the strength of Tasman was in its local players.

Alex Ainley beginning the season at flank and finishing at lock was a wise choice as captain. He is a player who may not achieve higher status, but appealed because of the integrity of his play. He could not have given more.

Robbie Malneek played most games at fullback. He is not the most orthodox, but he gives great value to this region. Kade Poki started the season at pace but tended to drift off the pace as the intensity of the competition rose. He is certainly one for the future. Veteran Caleb Ralph initially started at centre before moving to the wing. Was this where he could add most value? Blair Cook started at both wing and fullback and in both positions looked enterprising. Joel Iggo started all but two games at second five eight. He tends to get better each season so we hope for more yet. Tim Taylor had a good second year with effective goal kicking. James Foote had a positive introduction to first-class rugby. Three halfbacks were used with Kahn Fotuali’i being the most impressive.

Peter Nixon from Canterbury was solid at number eight but Jonathan Poff had not avanced on last year standards. Mark Bright was always top value- whether coming off the bench or starting. Chris Bentley started most games at lock and was a valuable, energetic player every time. Rees Logan from Southland did not get much game time. Kahu Marfell year in year out continues to deliver the goods for the top of the south. Having recently scored two tries at Exeter, Ben May could surely not be called anonymous, but it was an unheralded front row of five props and three hookers that fronted for Tasman. Ben Franks started the season at prop before being repossessed by Canterbury. Tristan Moran missed just one game at prop as did Mark Stewart at hooker.


Tasman Makos 2007 Air New Zealand Cup draw.

  Home Game 
 
1 Makos VS Taranaki
New Plymouth 27 July, 2007 L 17 - 29
 
(Tries: Tim Taylor, Kade Poki; Con: Tim Taylor, James Foote; Pen: Tim Taylor)
2
Makos VS Manawatu
Blenheim
2 Aug, 2007 W 33 - 10  
(Tries: Blair Cook; Alfeleki Pelenise, James Foote; Con: Tim Taylor (2), James Foote; Pen (4): Tim Taylor)
3
Makos VS Hawke's Bay
Blenheim
10 Aug, 2007 W 23 - 17
 
(Tries: Kade Poki, Alfeleki Pelenise; Con (2) & Pen (3): Tim Taylor)
4
Makos VS Northland
Whangarei 16 Aug, 2007 L 3 - 9  
(Pen: James Foote)
5
Makos VS Wellington
Wellington 25 Aug, 2007 L 25 - 38
 
(Tries: Blair Cook, Johnathon Poff, Robbie Malneek; Con: James Foote, Tim Taylor; Pen & DG: James Foote)
6
Makos VS Bay of Plenty
Blenheim 01 Sep, 2007 L 26 - 36
 
(Tries: Joel Iggo, Alex Ainley; Con (2): James Foote; Pen: Tim Taylor (4)) 
7
Makos VS Waikato Blenheim
08 Sep, 2007 L 23 - 25
 
(Tries: Cory Holdaway, James King, Peter Playford; Con (2) & Pen (2): Tim Taylor)
8
Makos VS Auckland
Auckland 15 Sep, 2007 L 7 - 49
 
(Try:Alfeleki Pelenise; Con: James Foote)
9
Makos VS Canterbury
Blenheim
21 Sep, 2007 L 14 - 21
 
(Try: Mark Bright; Pen (3): Tim Taylor)
10 Makos VS Otago
Dunedin 27 Sep, 2007 L 13 - 32
 
(Try: Blair Cook; Con & Pen (2): Tim Taylor)
 

Played 10 I Won 2 I Drew 0 I Lost 8 I Points for 184 I Points Against 263



2007 PLAYER RESULT

 

T

C

P

DG

TOTAL

Tim Taylor

1

8

19

 

78

James Foote

1

6

2

1

26

Blair Cook

3

 

 

 

15

Alfeleki Pelenise

3

 

 

 

15

Robbie Malneek

2

 

 

 

10

Kade Poki

2

 

 

 

10

Alex Ainley

1

 

 

 

5

Mark Bright

1

 

 

 

5

Sione Holani

1

 

 

 

5

Joel Iggo

1

 

 

 

5

Dan Perrin

1

 

 

 

5

Johnathon Poff

1

 

 

 

5

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

18

14

21

1

184

 

 

 

 

 

 

The History

2017 Mitre 10 Cup

For the third time in the last four years Tasman went all the way to the Premiership Final to indicate a successful season, but it was one of mixed effort.

2016 Mitre 10 Cup

For the second time in three years the Tasman Makos went all the way to the Premiership Final, losing to Canterbury in a gallant effort. There were two defeats in the opening four matches, but after that the side hit form, remaining unbeaten until the Final.

2015 ITM Cup

Hopes of going 1 better than "Cup runners-up" were high. Things started well with 6 wins, but this was followed up by 3 defeats - the last round win over the Naki meant a semi-finals trip to Auckland & they were the "in form" team. All up another good year for the MIGHTY Makos.

2014 ITM CUP

Your Mighty Makos have had a stellar first season in the ITM Cup Premiership. We are proud to host a Semi-Final in our first year playing the Big City Unions. Make home ground advantage count tonight .. let’s have LOTS OF NOISE in support of your MIGHTY TASMAN MAKOS!

2013 ITM CUP

Culminating with winning the ITM Cup Championship Final, 2013 was the most remarkable season in the Tasman Makos eight years since inception. Team and personal bests have been broken at every turn.

2012 ITM CUP

Beginning the season with a victory over their Crusaders stable mate Canterbury, recording one of the highest scores in an unsuccessful Ranfurly Shield challenge, then another couple of quick wins and here was the making of a good season.

2011 ITM CUP

Two wins might seem poor return for the season – but it depends on you point of view. Those two wins were against the eventual Championship winner Hawke’s Bay and Auckland. No other team scored as many as the five tries that Tasman did against eventual Premiership winner Canterbury.

2010 ITM CUP

Until the last game of the season Tasman had provided staunch competition to all opponents. Gone to greener pastures were some of last year’s better performers including captain Andrew Goodman.

2009 AIR NEW ZEALAND CUP

Six victories from the first ten matches was a promising start, but results fell away over the last three matches of the competition. Sadly there was always the suspicion that no matter how well Tasman played there was always the threat of relegation at season’s end.

2008 AIR NEW ZEALAND CUP

The on field performance of Tasman were in contrast to the off field turbulence surrounding them. The characteristics Todd Blackadder showed as a player and captain – that of calm controlled management – were evident in his performance as Tasman’s coach.

2006 AIR NEW ZEALAND CUP

Tasman Union was formed from the amalgation of Nelson Bays and Malborough unions with the specific intention of meeting the criteria for the new premier division of New Zealand rugby.