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2017 Mitre 10 Cup

Captain:
Alex Ainley
Coach:
Leon MacDonald
Asst. Coach:
Leo Crowley, Andrew Goodman, Greg Somerville
Manager:
Martyn Vercoe
Asst. Manager:
Brett Thornalley

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. There was a slow start with two opening defeats followed by a win over Waikato when Waikato missed a last- minute conversion to draw. From the Wellington match onwards the side hit form, coming from 13-28 down to win 37-35 and inflict the only defeat of the season on the rampant eventual Championship winners.

The defeat to Counties Manukau in the final round robin match was endured with a semi-final spot already assured and a number of leading players being rested. The semi-final win against their more fancied opponents Taranaki at New Plymouth was a very gusty effort, however, the performance in the final was below expectations.

Regulars from 2016 who did not return were Kieron Fonotia, Marty Banks, Tevita Kolamatangi, Ross Geldenhuys (all overseas) and Caleb Makene (Canterbury). This was balanced by the return of Ti’I Paulo and Robbie Malneek from overseas, and Jordon Taufua from Counties Manukau, while New Zealand-born Levi Aumua arrived from Brisbane and Tyrel Lomax from Super Rugby team Melbourne Rebels.

With the departure overseas of Marty Banks, Mitchell Hunt stepped into first five-eighth having played most of his rugby for Tasman previously at fullback. He grew in stature the more the season progressed, culminating in a standout performance in the semi-final win over Taranaki, ending the season as one of the best first five-eighths in the Mitre 10 Cup.

The exciting 19-year-old Will Jordon, in his debut season, caught the eye with his speed and penetration at fullback. Another newcomer, Levi Aumua impressed at centre with strong running and powerful tackling. He had a memorable match against Otago when he shrugged off six tackles to score a try followed by a later red card for a dump tackle and subsequent three-match suspension. Alex Nankivell has a steady season at second five-eighth, missing just one match.

James Lowe was the best of the wings, being back to his effervescent best after last years injury woes while David Havili only managed one appearance due to All Black duties. Billy Guyton was in fine form at halfback, having a good combination with Mitchell Hunt, and it was a pity he was injured at the tail end of the season.

Losing captain Shane Christie for the season due to injury was a real blow, but the loose forward combinations of Jordon Taufua, Peter Samu, Vernon Fredericks and Ethan Blackadder competed well, with Taufua and Blackadder to the fore. At lock Alex Ainley, at the age of 36, was playing as well as ever, and with Quinten Strange affected by a shoulder injury, the versatile lock/loose forward Shannon Frizzell stepped up very ably in partnering Ainley.

Tim Perry was a strong scrummager at loose head prop who missed the final due to All Blacks call-up. Tighthead prop Siosiua Halanukonuka had an injury – plagued season, but this allowed 21-year-old Tyrel Lomax, son of Kiwis rugby league rep John Lomax, who arrived from Australia with a promising reputation, to make a good impression. In Andrew Makalio and the returning Ti’i Paulo, Tasman had two capable hookers, with Makalio showing up well against North Harbour and in the semi-final.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand All Blacks – Kane Hames, David Havili, Tim Perry, Liam Squire
New Zealand Maori – Tyrel Lomax
New Zealand Under 20’s – Tima Faingaanuku, Will Jordan
New Zealand Sevens – Trael Joass, Tone Ng Shiu, Andrew Knewstubb

(Source - 2017 Rugby Almanack)

Tasman Makos 2017 NPC draw.

  Home GameTicketsPhotos
1 Canterbury Nelson Fri 18 Aug, 7.35pm
L 0 - 39
2 Manawatu Palmerston North Sun 27 Aug, 2.35pm L 20 - 35
3 Waikato Hamilton Sun 3 Sep, 2.35pm W 31 - 29
4 Wellington Blenheim Sun 10 Sep, 2.35pm W 37 - 35
5 Otago Dunedin Sat 16 Sep, 4.35pm W 29 - 27
6 Southland Nelson Sun 24 Sep, 4.35pm W 50 - 17
7 Taranaki New Plymouth Thu 28 Sep, 7.35pm L 26 - 40
8 North Harbour Blenheim Wed 4 Oct, 7.35pm W 21 - 14
9 Auckland Nelson Sun 8 Oct, 2.35pm W 31 - 18
10 Counties Manukau     Pukekohe Sat 14 Oct, 7.35pm L 30 - 52
11 Semi Final - Taranaki     New Plymouth Sat 21 Oct, 7.35pm W 30 - 29
12 Premiership Final - Canterbury    Christchurch Sat 28 Oct, 7.35pm L 13 - 35

12 Won 7 Lost 5 Drew 0 Points for 318 Points Against 370


2017 POINTS SCORERS

Name

Tries

Con

Pen

Total

Mitchell Hunt

4

15

15

95

Billy Guyton

2

8

0

26

Will Jordan

5

0

0

25

Tim O'Malley

1

6

2

23

James Lowe

3

0

0

15

Alex Nankivell

3

0

0

15

Ethan Blackadder

3

0

0

15

Levi Aumua

3

0

0

15

Penalty Tries

2

2

0

14

Alex Ainley

2

0

0

10

Vernon Fredericks

2

0

0

10

Jordan Taufua

2

0

0

10

Viliami Lolohea

2

0

0

10

Shannon Frizell

2

0

0

10

Tim Perry

1

0

0

5

Peter Samu

1

0

0

5

Tima Faingaanuku

1

0

0

5

Andrew Makalio

1

0

0

5

Michael Green

1

0

0

5


The History

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.

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.