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2012 ITM CUP


Kieran Keane

Asst. Coach:

Leon MacDonald


Jenelle Strickland

Asst. Manager:

Brett Thornalley


Andrew Goodman

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. And so it turned out as five wins out of the ten round robin games and a place in the semi-final made for one of the best seasons yet for Tasman in their brief history.

Veteran Robbie Malneek brought up an unusual record with his 100th provincial game (from 28 for Nelson Bays and 72 for Tasman) with a try and victory over table topping Counties Manukau. Supporters will struggle to find a poor game among those 100. Tom Marshall began the season midway and maintained the expected level of excellence. Peter Betham of the Waratahs Super Rugby team the right wing position and finished top try scorer for the season – some of them gems. Scoring just his one try in the first game of the season does not give the full value of Kieron Fonotia at centre for Tasman. Having played in every game for the last two years is a better measure. Much respected Andrew Goodman again captained the team from second five eight, kicking some great goals along the way. Newcomer Hayden Cripps had previously represented Wellingon and was at first five eighth all season. He kicked a drop goal in his first match which was the only one kicked by any player in the round robin phase of the ITM Cup competition. Another new face was Jeremy Sua who played in every game, and distinguished himself sufficiently to be chosen to play for Samoa at season’s end.

On loan from Canterbury, Jordon Taufua had an outstanding debut season at number eight. Pity was that he had to be returned to Canterbury for their semi-final rather than playing in Tasman’s semi-final. His season culminated in being named one of NZ Rugby Almanack’s five promising players of the year (2013 issue).

Shane Christie was a most energetic flanker whose games have improved by the year. Gary Redmond was a competitive newcomer at flank. Consistent and committed are the hallmarks of Joe Wheeler, be it at flanker or lock. Riki Hoeata was again an effective contributor – mostly from the bench. Filipo Levi, who had been a late starter last year, was available for the whole season providing needed experience in the tight. Two new props with All Blacks connections played – Campbell Johnstone who had been an All Black in 2005 and Tim Perry, formerly of Mid Canterbury, is the son of Grant Perry All Black of 1980. Both performed up to their high expectations with Johnstone at tight-head and Perry at loose-head. At hooker Quentin MacDonald seems to get better by this year.

Tasman Makos 2012 NPC draw.

  Home Game 
1 Makos VS Canterbury Trafalgar Park, Nelson Fri 24 Aug, 8:05pm 2012 W 25 - 22
(Tries: Shane Christie, Robbie Malneek, Kieron Fonotia; Pen & Con (2): Andrew Goodman; Drop Goal: Hayden Cripps)
Makos VS Taranaki
New Plymouth
Sat 01 Sep, 7:35pm 2012 L 40 - 49
(Tries: James Lowe, Campbell Johnstone, Tim Perry, Quentin MacDonald, Robbie Malneek; Pen (3) & Con (3): Andrew Goodman)
Makos VS Manawatu Palmerston North
Sat 09 Sep, 2:35 2012 W 27 - 3
(Tries: Peter Betham, Robbie Malneek, James Low, Jordan Taufua; Pen & Con (2): Andrew Goodman)
Makos VS Southland
Lansdowne Park, Blenheim Wed 12 Sep, 7:35pm 2012 W 23 - 20
(Tries: Peter Betham, Robbie Malneek; Pen: Hayden Cripps)
Makos VS Northland
Lansdowne Park, Blenheim Sun 16 Sep, 2:35pm 2012 L 17 - 20
(Try: Filipo Levi; Pen (3): Hayden Cripps; Pen: Andrew Goodman)
Makos VS Otago
Dunedin Sun 23 Sep, 4:35pm 2012 L 13 - 39
(Tries: Andrew Goodman, Hayden Cripps; Pen: Hayden Cripps) 
Makos VS Waikato Hamilton
Thu 27 Sep, 7:35pm 2012 L 19 - 20
(Try: Peter Betham; Pen (4) & Con: Tom Marshall)
Makos VS Bay of Plenty
Trafalgar Park, Nelson Thu 04 Oct, 7:35pm 2012 W 17 - 3
(Tries: Tom Marshall, Quentin MacDonald; Pen  & Con (2): Tom Marshall)
Makos VS Counties Manukau
Sun 06 Oct, 4:35pm 2012 W 28 - 19
(Tries: Peter Betham (2), Robbie Malneek; Pen (3) & Con (2): Tom Marshall)
10 Makos VS North Harbour
Trafalgar Park, Nelson Sat 13 Oct, 7:35pm 2012 L 10 - 42
(Try: Hayden Cripps; Pen & Con: Tom Marshall)
Championship Semi-Final
11 Makos VS Otago Dunedin Fri 19 Oct, 7:35pm 2012 L 34 - 41
(Tries: Andrew Goodman, Peter Betham, Albert Nikoro; Pen (3) & Con (2): Goodman; Pen (2): Nikoro)

Played 11 I Won 5 I Drawn 0 I Lost 6 I Points for 243 I Points Against 268







Andrew Goodman





Tom Marshall





Peter Betham



Robbie Malneek



Hayden Cripps





Albert Nikoro




James Lowe



Quentin MacDonald



Shane Christie



Kieron Fonotia



Campbell Johnstone



Filipo Levi



Tim Perry



Jordan Taufua









2012 season

This was our best year ever with 5 wins from 10 matches and making the semi-final of the Championship (a loss to Otago by 34 - 41). Victories included defeats of Premiership teams Canterbury 25 - 22 and Bay of Plenty 17 - 3, while Tasman went down in an epic Ranfurly Shield challenge 40 - 49 to Taranaki.

Shane Christie & Quentin MacDonald were selected to represent the Maori All Blacks for the end of year tour to the United Kingdom. Eight players earned Super Rugby contracts for 2013 (up from 3 players in 2012): Shane Christie, Jordan Taufua, Tom Marshall, Jeremy Su'a (Crusaders); Joe Wheeler, Sam Prattley (Highlanders); Quentin MacDonald, Tim Perry (Blues). Peter Betham returned to Australia to take up a Waratahs contract.

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.

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.


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.