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Chris Binns and Bevan Thompson named Mako FPC Coaches

The Tasman Rugby Union (TRU) is pleased to announce the coaches for the 2019 Farah Palmer Cup (FPC) campaign will be Chris Binns as head coach with Bevan Thompson as his assistant.

2019 Mitre 10 Cup Draw announced

The Tasman Mako have a very good draw with 4 weekend daytime matches and a Friday night game, highlighted by hosting big city Unions, Wellington in Blenheim and Auckland in Nelson. Tickets now available.

Mako Season Tickets

You can pre-purchase 2019 Mako season tickets for Christmas. Although the draw is yet to be announced, there will be 2 regular season tickets in Blenheim and 3 in Nelson. We will issue you’re a voucher to put into your stocking stuffer or under the tree.

Mako appoint coaches for 2019

The 2019 Mako head coaching role will be shared by Andrew Goodman and Clarke Dermody, both assistant coaches this year.They will be assisted by Shane Christie who will have responsibility for the forwards. The only newcomer to the four-strong coaching team is Gray Cornelius who has completed a long and successful apprenticeship on the local scene, including as coach of the Marlborough Boys’ College First XV since 2009.

20 Mako earn 2019 Super Contracts

Chiefs -Alex Nankivell, Kane Hames, Solomon Alaimalo
Crusaders - David Havili, Ethan Blackadder, Quin Strange, Leicester Faingaanuku*, Mitch Hunt, Will Jordan, Andrew Makalio, Tim Perry, Jordan Taufua
Highlanders - Pari Pari Parkinson, Tyrel Lomax, Liam Squire, Ray Niuia*, Shannon Frizell
Blues - Jed Brown, Levi Aumua
Hurricanes - Finlay Christie

Canterbury prove too good for Mako in Semi-Final

Canterbury 21 (Mitchell Drummond 2 tries, Brett Cameron con, 3 pen) Tasman Mako 16 (David Havili try, Mitch Hunt con, 3 pen).HT: 13-6 Mako.

Tasman Mako Semi-Final team named to play Canterbury

Tasman: 1 Wyatt Crockett, 2 Andrew Makalio, 3 Tyrel Lomax, 4 Pari Pari Parkinson, 5 Quentin Strange, 6 Ethan Blackadder, 7 Jed Brown, 8 Mike Curry; 9 Finlay Christie, 10 Mitchell Hunt, 11 Solomon Alaimalo, 12 David Havili (captain), 13 Levi Aumua, 14 Tima Faingaanuku, 15 Will Jordan.
Substitutes: 16 Ray Niuia, 17 Tim Perry, 18 Blair Prinsep, 19 Alex Ainley, 20 Braden Stewart, 21 Jack Grooby, 22 Tim O’Malley, 23 Tomas Aoake.

Tasman to host Canterbury in Nelson semifinal

Nelson is the place to be on Friday night. In a rematch of the 2016 and 2017 Mitre 10 Cup finals, Tasman will play reigning champions Canterbury in the first of two premiership semifinals.

Mako Men & Women Player Awards

The Mako Women team awards were presented to the following:
Mako Woman - Jessica Foster-Lawrence; Iron Woman (Defender) - Crystal Mayes; Team Woman - Anna Bradley; Rookie of the Year - Ann Bradley.

The Mako Men awards went to:
Player of the Year - Will Jordan; Mako Man - Ethan Blackadder; Gallantry (Defender) - Ethan Blackadder; Rookie of the Year - Ray Niuia.

Mako seal home semi-final with win over Hawkes Bay

Tasman Mako 29 (Pari Pari Parkinson, Tim O'Malley, Mitch Hunt, Jack Grooby tries, Hunt 3 cons, 1 pen) Hawke’s Bay Magpies 0. HT: 10-0.