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2017 Farah Palmer Cup

Jess Foster
Marty O’Cain
Asst. Coach:
Mark Kelly
Gary Allsop
Asst. Manager:
Nanette Buchanan-Brown

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

2017 draw

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


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.

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.

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.