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2014 ITM CUP

Coach:
Kieran Keane
Asst. Coach:
Leon MacDonald
Manager:
Jenelle Strickland
Asst. Manager:
Brett Thornalley

The development of Tasman rugby over the last few years is not unlike the tale of the Ugly Duckling. Unwanted and almost culled a few years ago, it has now developed into a beautiful entity, much admired throughout the country.

Promotion to the Premiership Division this year on the back of a 26 – 25 scoreline from last year’s Championship final might have suggested that Tasman would find it hard in the Premiership. No-one predicted victories for Tasman over Canterbury (twice), Wellington, Waikato, Otago and a draw on Eden Park against Auckland. But for a bold decision that backfired in their round robin game against Taranaki, it might have been Tasman celebrating Premership success.

An original Tasman player, Robbie Malneek, continues to carve his name into Tasman records –most games and most tries are easily measured. Obvious, but less easily, is the enterprise, flair and daring that he brings to the game. Big winger James Lowe was one of the leading try-scorers in the competition. Kieron Fonotia is a strong running centre. At second five eight Tom Marshall missed the middle part of the season, but continues to be recognised as one of the best in the game. Marty Banks kept the scoreboard ticking over as he became the leading points-scorer in the copetition. Sadly his accuracy deserted him in the final.

An unplanned acquisition was former All Black Jimmy Cowan back from his OE. His assertiveness has not diminished, but a bonus was that he scored more tries for Tasman this year than for any other team he has played for. David Havili is a versatile back with a great future.

Liam Squire added to a growing reputation as an athletic number eight. Shane Christie led the team from openside flanker. His enthusiasm is infectious. Newcomer Peter Semu added value from blindside flank. Joe Wheeler adds value to his team in many dimensions. His partnership with veteran Alex Ainley competed with the best. Former South African Lions Super Rugby player Ross Geldenhuys brought a wealth of experience to the front row. Tim Perry continues to deliver at a high level. Quentin MacDonald also impresses with every outing.

Tasman Makos 2014 NPC draw.

  Home Game 
1 Makos VS Hawkes Bay
Lansdowne Park, Blenheim Sun 17 Aug, 2:35pm 2014 W 35 - 15
(Joe Wheeler, Bryce Heem, Tom Marshall, David Havili tries, Marty Banks 3 pens, 3 cons)
2
Makos VS Bay of Plenty
Tauranga Sun 24 Aug, 4:35pm 2014 W 56 - 27
(Quentin MacDonald, Tom Marshall, Shane Christie, Kieron Fonotia, James Lowe, Marty Banks, David Havili tries, Banks 3 pens, 6 cons)
3
Makos VS Auckland Auckland
Sun 31 Aug, 4:35 2014 D 16 - 16
(Quentin MacDonald try, Marty Banks 3 pens, con)
4
Makos VS Waikato
Trafalgar Park, Nelson Fri 05 Sep, 6:05pm 2014 W 23 - 16
(Robbie Malneek, Siua Halanukonuka tries, Marty Banks 3 pens, 2 cons)
5
Makos VS Taranaki Trafalgar Park, Nelson Thu 11 Sep, 7:35pm 2014 L 30 - 31
(Pete Samu, Joe Wheeler, Jimmy Cowan tries, Marty Banks 3 pens, 3 cons)
6
Makos VS Southland
Invercargill Wed 17 Sep, 7:35pm 2014 W 38 - 14
(James Lowe 2, Pete Samu, Jimmy Cowan, Marty Banks tries; Banks 5 con, 1 pen) 
7
Makos VS Wellington Wellington
Sun 21 Sep, 4:35pm 2014 W 42 - 20
(James Lowe 2, Robbie Malneek, Alex Ainley, Pete Samu tries; Marty Banks 4 con, 3 pen)
8
Makos VS Otago
Trafalgar Park, Nelson Sun 28 Sep, 2:35pm 2014 W 32 - 24
(Kieron Fonotia, David Havili, Jimmy Cowan, Ross Geldenhuys tries, Marty Banks 3 cons, 2 pens)
9
Makos VS Canterbury
Christchurch
Sat 04 Oct, 7:35pm 2014 W 38 - 10
(James Lowe 2, David Havili, Jimmy Cowan, Marty Banks tries; Banks 4 con, pen; Rohan Saifoloi 1 con) 
10 Makos VS Counties Manukau
Lansdowne Park, Blenheim Sun 12 Oct, 4:35pm 2014 L 16 - 21
(Robbie Malneek try, Rohan Saifoloi 3 pens, Marty Banks con) 
Semi-Final
11 Makos VS Canterbury Trafalgar Park, Nelson Sat 18 Oct, 7:05pm 2014 W 26 - 6
(James Lowe, Jimmy Cowan tries, Marty Banks 4 pens, 2 cons)
Final
12
Makos VS Taranaki
New Plymouth
Sat 25 Oct, 7:35pm 2014 L 32 - 36
(Billy Guyton 2, Pete Samu, Kieran Fonotia tries; Marty Banks 2 pens, 3 cons)

Played 12 I Won 8 I Drawn 1 I Lost 3 I Points for 384 I Points Against 239



2014 POINTS SCORERS


T

C

P

TOTAL

Marty Banks

3

37

28

173

James Lowe

8

40

Jimmy Cowan

5

25

David Havili

4

20

Pete Samu

4

20

Kieron Fonotia

3

15

Robbie Malneek

3

15

Rohan Saifoloi

1

3

11

Billy Guyton

2

10

Joe Wheeler

2

10

Tom Marshall

2

10

Quentin MacDonald

2

10

Bryce Heem

1

5

Shane Christie

1

5

Siua Halanukonuka

1

5

Alex Ainley

1

5

Ross Geldenhyus

1

5

TOTAL

43

38

31

384

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.

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.

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.