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2009 AIR NEW ZEALAND CUP

Coach:

Kieran Keane

Asst. Coach:

Bevan Cadwallader

Manager:

Jenelle Strickland

Asst. Manager:

Brett Thornalley


September 27, 2009, will go down in Tasman folklore – the day they defeated Auckland at Nelson. The last time Auckland had lost in Nelson was in 1875. 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. Tasman competed well, and the commitment shown by their players would be welcome in any team.

Robbie Malneek, Tasman’s original fullback, played in every game. He was both dependable and an exciting practitioner of the art. Former Waikato wing James Kamana began like a rocket but saw little game time as the season wore on. Blair Cook was a regular starter on the wing, but appeared more constrained as the season progressed. Given opportunity Afeleki Pelenise always provided a challenge out wide. Lucky Mulipola returned from a year in Dunedin but struggled to find the form of two years ago. He was to represent Samoa at year’s end. Kade Poki was closely marked in midfield.

The standout player for Tasman, and indeed one of the stars of the whole competition, was captain Andrew Goodman. He occupied three backline positions during the season, but we felt was best suited to second five-eight. He finished the season as the first Tasman player to record a century of points in a year, but he offered much more than that – his leadership, his skills with ball in hand, his attack, his defence were all quite remarkable. Matt James, formerly of Manawatu, made most of his appearances from the bench. James Marshall finished the season with his second try against Wellington. Kahn Fortuali’i is a top operator at halfback. His time at first five eight could be described as an experiment.

Two local legends Alex Ainley and Mark Bright were as ever indefatigable. Jonathan Poff had his best season yet on the flank for Tasman. It was well into the season before Glen Gregory got to start as a blindside flanker. He ran well. Joe Wheeler had a very good second season. Injury took All Black Ben Franks from the scene before the season had progressed far, but Tristan Moran stepped up to the occasion. Sakaria Taulafo had a very good season concluding with selection for Samoa. The rising star of the team was New Zealand age grade hooker Quentin MacDonald. He had been mainly used from the bench last year, as he began 2009, however by mind season his form was such that he leapt ahead of the Super 14 experienced Daniel Perrin.

 Tasman Makos 2008 Air New Zealand Cup draw.

  Home Game 
 
1 Makos VS Taranaki
Blenheim 30 July, 2009 L 9 - 21
 
(Pen: James Marshall (2), Andrew Goodman)
2
Makos VS North Harbour
Albany
7 Aug, 2009 W 19 - 15  
(Tries: Robbie Malneek, Tristan Moran; Pen: Matty James (2), Andrew Goodman)
3
Makos VS Counties Manukau
Nelson
16 Aug, 2009 W 51 - 15
 
(Tries: James Kamana (2), Blair Cook (2), Sione Holani, Kade Poki; Con: Andrew Goodman (5), Matty James; Pen (3): Andrew Goodman)
4
Makos VS Canterbury
Christchurch 22 Aug, 2009 L 21 - 25  
(Tries: Kahn Fortuali’i, James Kamana; Con: Andrew Goodman; Pen (3): Andrew Goodman)
5
Makos VS Hawke's Bay
Napier 28 Aug, 2009 L 26 - 28
 
(Tries: Mark Bright, James Kamana; Con (2) & Pen (4): Andrew Goodman)
6
Makos VS Manawatu
Nelson 05 Sep, 2009 L 34 - 15
 
(Tries: Glen Gregory, Alfeleki Pelenise, Alex Ainley, Blair Cook, Kahn Furtuali’i; Con (2) & Pen: Andrew Goodman) 
7
Makos VS Waikato Blenheim
11 Sep, 2009 W 23 - 9
 
(Tries: Alfeleki Pelenise, Andrew Goodman; Con (2) & Pen (2): Andrew Goodman; DG: Kahn Fortuali’i)
8
Makos VS Bay of Plenty
Mt Maunganui 17 Sep, 2009 L 13 - 24
 
(Try: Alex Ainley; Con & Pen (2): Andrew Goodman)
9
Makos VS Auckland
Nelson
27 Sep, 2009 W 12 - 8
 
(Tries: Andrew Goodman, Blair Cook; Con: Andrew Goodman)
10 Makos VS Northland
Whangarei 04 Oct, 2009 W 21 - 16
 
(Tries: Alfeleki Pelenise, Quentin MacDonald; Con, Pen (2) & DG: Andrew Goodman)
 
11 Makos VS Southland
Invercargill 10 Oct, 2009 L 0 - 41
 
 
12 Makos VS Otago
Dunedin 17 Oct, 2009 L 0 - 21
 
 
13 Makos VS Wellington
Blenheim 23 Oct, 2009 L 14 - 22
 
(Tries: James Marshall, Dan Perrin; Con (2): Andrew Goodman)
 

Played 13 I Won 6 I Drawn 0 I Lost 7 I Points for 243 I Points Against 260 

2009 PLAYER RESULTS

 

T

C

P

DG

TOTAL

Andrew Goodman

2

18

19

1

106

Blair Cook

4

 

 

 

20

James Kamana

4

 

 

 

20

Alfeleki Pelenise

3

 

 

 

15

Kahn Fortuali’i

2

 

 

1

13

James Marshall

1

 

2

 

11

Alex Ainley

2

 

 

 

10

Matty James

 

1

2

 

8

Mark Bright

1

 

 

 

5

Glen Gregory

1

 

 

 

5

Sione Holani

1

 

 

 

5

Quentin MacDonald

1

 

 

 

5

Robbie Malneek

1

 

 

 

5

Tristan Moran

1

 

 

 

5

Dan Perrin

1

 

 

 

5

Kade Poki

 

1

 

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL

26

19

23

2

243

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

2007 AIR NEW ZEALAND CUP

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.

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.