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2011 ITM CUP


Kieran Keane

Asst. Coach:

Leon MacDonald


Jenelle Strickland

Asst. Manager:

Brett Thornalley

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, not for the first time, Auckland. No other team scored as many as the five tries that Tasman did against eventual Premiership winner Canterbury. No other team scored more than the four bonus points that Tasman did for finishing within sevens points of their opponent. No one could question the spirit and competitiveness of this Tasman team.

Last year’s emerging star Tom Marshall further demonstrated his attacking flair and defensive surety. Earlier in year injuries gave him unexpected opportunity with the Crusaders – opportunity he grasped and demonstrated to a wider audience what an outstanding talent he is. Tasman’s most capped player Robbie Malneek occupied the right wing, but seniority does not mean that you don’t have to go looking for work. On the other wing national Under 20 representative Mitchell Scott was full of youthful exuberance – more experience should improve his decision making. Newcomer Kieron Fonotia was a surprise package at centre, capable of incisive breaks and solid defence. There was a warm welcome back from a season overseas for captain Andrew Goodman – a wise head and reliable boot at second five-eight. There was never any question that James Marshall would relinquish the first five-eight position. His performance with ball in hand continues to impress. The first two in the alphabetical team list were the two halfbacks Steve Alfeld and Shawn Begg. There was little between them as both served their backlines well.

Also returning was Mark Bright to play every game and bring up his 50 games for the Union. His five tries for the season have only been exceeded once in Tasman’s short history. Shane Christie was a high-energy openside flanker who is developing nicely. Veteran Jonathan Poff and novice Liam Squire shared the blindside duties. Joe Wheeler had a great season at lock finishing the season among the leading try scorers for the team. He had interesting apprentices in Pablo Huete from Chile and Riki Hoeata, younger brother of new All Black Jarrad. Former Otago lock  Filipo Levi appeared briefly before being required for Rugby World Cup duties with Samoa. Fai Mika and Sam Prattley were the preferred props. Tasman looks set to get good mileage out of Prattley. Already a proven campaigner, Quentin MacDonald continued to impress at hooker. He had to perform well as waiting for the first slip up was talented Francis Smith.

Tasman Makos 2011 ITM Cup draw.

  Home Game 
1 Makos VS Northland
Whangarei 16 July, 2011 L 9 - 19
(Pen (3): Andrew Goodman)
Makos VS North harbour
19 July, 2011 L 15 - 39  
(Tries: Robbie Malneek, Mark Bright; Con (1) & Pen (1): Andrew Goodman)
Makos VS Counties Manukau
24 July, 2011 L 23 - 32
(Tries: Joseph Wheeler, Mitchell Scott; Con (3) & Pen (2): Andrew Goodman)
Makos VS Waikato
Hamilton 29 July, 2011 L 6 - 35  
(Pen (2): Andrew Goodman)
Makos VS Hawke's Bay
Napier 02 Aug, 2011 L 21 - 19
(Tries: Mitchell Scott, Mark Bright; Con (1) & Pen (3): Andrew Goodman)
Makos VS Canterbury
Blenheim 05 Aug, 2011 L 32 - 36
(Tries: Mark Bright (2), Andrew Goodman, Tevita Kolomatangi, Tom Marshall; Con : Andrew Goodman, Tom Marshall ; Pen: Andrew Goodman) 
Makos VS Taranaki New Plymouth
12 Aug, 2011 L 23 - 26
(Tries: Andrew Goodman, Hamish Cochrane; Con (2) & Pen (3): Andrew Goodman)
Makos VS Auckland
Nelson 16 Aug, 2011 W 30 - 28
(Tries: James Marshall, Mark Bright, Andrew Goodman; Con (3) & Pen (3): Andrew Goodman)
Makos VS Otago
21 Aug, 2011 L 16 - 19
(Tries: Riki Hoeata; Con (1) & Pen (3): Andrew Goodman)
10 Makos VS Manawatu
Nelson 25 Aug, 2011 L 23 - 27
(Tries: Joseph Wheeler (2) ; Con (2) & Pen (3): Goodman)
11 Makos VS Bay of Plenty
Blenheim 10 Oct, 2010 W 41 - 39
(Tries: Kade Poki, Shane Christie, Robbie Malneek; Con & Pen (8): Tom Marshall)
12 Makos VS Northland
Nelson 15 Oct, 2010 W 34 - 29
(Tries: Chris Jack, Blair Cook, Kade Poki, Fai Mika, Tasi Luafutu; Pen (1) & Con (3): Tom Marshall)
13 Makos VS Auckland
Auckland 24 Oct, 2010 L 10 - 49
(Try: Kade Poki; Con: James Marshall; Pen: Daniel Hawkins)

Played 10 I Won 2 I Drawn 0 I Lost 8 I Points for 198 I Points Against 280








Andrew Goodman






Mark Bright






Joseph Wheeler






Mitchell Scott






Tom Marshall






Hamish Cochrane






Riki Hoeata






Tevita Koloamatangi






Robbie Malneek






James Marshall


















The History

2019 Mitre 10 Cup

After just 14 seasons, the Tasman Mako have reached the pinnacle of New Zealand provincial rugby. The Premiership final victory must rank as the finest day for rugby at the top of the South Island since Marlborough stunned the nation with the 1973 Ranfurly Shield upset of Canterbury.

2019 Farah Palmer Cup

Tasman won two games and are gradually gaining experience in the Farah Palmer Cup competition. Again, the team was led by Jessica Foster-Lawrence and again she was the outstanding forward. Leah Miles, aged 17, is a highly promising flanker

2020 Farah Palmer Cup

The change in competition format to north-south pools meant further issues for Mako, a union still in its infancy in establishing a competitive Farah Palmer Cup squad. This resulted in heavy losses to the well-established teams.

2020 Mitre 10 Cup

The Tasman Mako recorded back-to-back Premiership triumphs — the first province, other than Canterbury, to repeat since Auckland in 2002–03.

2018 Mitre 10 Cup

After finishing the round robin in second place, with their best ever record of nine wins and just one defeat, Tasman’s season ended with a disappointing home defeat to Canterbury in the Premiership semi-final

2018 Farah Palmer Cup

The 65-12 win over Taranaki in the first game was to be the only cause for celebration in 2018, the Mako being well beaten in the other five games. The union lost Rosie Buchanan-Brown to Otago but gained former Manawatu representatives Crystal Mayes and Hayley Hutana

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.

2017 Farah Palmer Cup

Tasman was a welcome addition to a steadily expanding competition. The debutants produced a very encouraging result in the opening game, against Waikato, then took a hammering from Otago in the second round. The win in the final game, against Hawke’s Bay, would have installed confidence in the team

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.

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.