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 for 2018. The squad contained several secondary school pupils from Motueka High School, and it could take several years for the Union to develop a squad of seasoned campaigners. However, the relatively new Tasman union has achieved remarkable success in a short time with its Makos and one cannot dismiss the possibility of the women’s team meeting similar success. The team did play attractive running rugby.
While nearly all the squad were new to first-class rugby, centre Wairakau Greig had played three years with Manawatu. Jess Foster captained the team and showed good leadership and form, having played for the Bay of Plenty Volcanix, as a loan player, in 2016. Stars of the team were 17-year-old Risi Pouri-Lane and outside back Jess Drummond, both of whom made trips to Japan and Australia with the national development sevens team. Pori-Lane has already represented NZ at judo and touch and this multi-talented sportswoman, from the very successful Motueka High School svens team, looks to have a Black ferns shirt within her grasp. Rosie Buchanan-Brown showed promise at half-back; she’s another 17-year-old with a bright future in the game.
Higher honours went to:
New Zealand Sevens: Jess Drummond
(Source - 2018 Rugby Almanack)
Team Awards went to:
Rookie – Rosie Buchanan-Brown
Team Woman – Hannah Gillespie
Iron Woman – Wairakau Greig
Mako Woman – Jess Foster
Game 1 [L] - Sat 2 Sep, 12.05pm – v Waikato – Blenheim
Waikato 25 (Makaia Riki-Te Kanawa, Grace Houpapa-Barrett, Veronica Sue, Hannah Brough tries, Ariana Bayler con, Calista Wihone pen) v Tasman 17 (Michelle Curry, Wairakau Greig, Rosie Buchanan-Brown tries, Risaleaana Pouri-Lane con). HT: 0-7
Game 2 [L] – Sat 9 Sep, 3.00pm – v Otago – Dunedin
Otago 82 v Tasman 0
Game 3 [L] – Sun 24 Sep, 12.05pm – v Bay of Plenty – Tauranga
Bay of Plenty 38 (Autumn-Rain Stephens-Daly 2, Ora Williams, Luka Connor, Sapphire Tapsell, Sequoia Autumn Te Aonui tries, Crystal Mayes 4 con) v Tasman 15 (Wairakau Greig 2, Shellie Barrie tries) HT: 21-5.
Game 4 [L] – Sat 30 Sep, 4.45pm – v Canterbury - Christchurch
Canterbury 67 (Jess Hansen, Estelle Uren, Becky Davidson 3, Sam Curtis 2, Nicole Purdon, Chelsea Bremner, Charntay Poko, Cassie Siataga tries; Kendra Cocksedge 5 con; Poko con) v Tasman 12 (Wairakau Greig, Jess Drummond tries; Jess Foster con).
Game 5 [L] - Sun 8 Oct, 12.05pm – v North Harbour – Nelson
North Harbour 25 (Caitlyn Cox, Olivia Ward-Duin, Kate Williams, Laishon Jones tries, Claudia McMeekin con, Sophie Fisher pen) v Tasman 12 (Jess Drummond, Jess Foster tries, Risi Pouri-Lane con) HT: 8-7.
Game 6 [W] - Sat 14 Oct, 12.05pm – v Hawkes Bay - Nelson
Tasman 24 (Stephani Mitchell, Risi Pouri-Lane, Dana Wilson tries, Pouri-Lane 3 con, pen) v Hawke's Bay 12 (Te Maari MacGregor, Felicity Powdrell tries, Amy Williams con) HT: 17-5.
Played 6 I Won 1 I Lost 5 I Drew 0 I Points for 80 I Points Against 249
| || ||Tries ||Con ||Pen ||Total |
|Wairakau ||Greig ||4 ||0 ||0 ||20 |
|Risi ||Pouri-Lane ||1 ||5 ||1 ||18 |
|Jess ||Drummond ||2 ||0 ||0 ||10 |
|Jess ||Foster ||1 ||1 ||0 ||7 |
|Stephani ||Mitchell ||1 ||0 ||0 ||5 |
|Rosie ||Buchanan-Brown ||1 ||0 ||0 ||5 |
|Michelle ||Curry ||1 ||0 ||0 ||5 |
|Dana ||Wilson ||1 ||0 ||0 ||5 |
|Ashleigh ||Nathan ||1 ||0 ||0 ||5 |