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2018 Farah Palmer Cup

Jess Foster-Lawrence
Marty O’Cain
Asst. Coach:
Mark Kelly
Koren Grason

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. Mayes, a Black Ferns Sevens representative, won the team’s fender of the year award. Captain Jessica Foster – Laurence was the player of the year while prop Anna Bradley was rookie of the year. Several teenagers were in the squad including 17-year-olds Hannah Beech, Sophie O’Cain and Jamie Paenga. Motueka High School student Risi Pouri-lane captained the NZ Under 18 Sevens team to win the gold medal at the Youth Olympics in Argentina.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Sevens: Risileanna Pouri-Lane

(Source - 2019 Rugby Almanack)

2018 draw

Game 1 [W] - Sat 1 Sep, 2.35pm – v Taranaki - Motueka

Tasman Mako 65 (Amelia Hammett 3, Crystal Mayes 2, Hannah Beech 2, Hannah Kelly, Stephani Mitchell, Tamara Silcock, Michelle Curry tries, Hayley Hutana 5 con) v Taranaki Whio 12. HT: 34-0.

Game 2 [L] – Fri 7 Sep, 5.05pm – v Auckland - Auckland

Auckland 86 – Tasman 0. HT: 50 - 0

Game 3 [L] – Sun 16 Sep, 11.35am – v North Harbour - Albany

North Harbour 51 – Tasman 14 (Michelle Curry, Hayley Hutana tries; Hutana con ). HT: 27-14.

Game 4 [L] – Sun 23 Sep, 11.35am – v Wellington - Nelson

Tasman 3 (Hayley Hutana pen) v Wellington 83 (Leti-Linga 3, Tagoai 2, Print, Rasch, Toala-Ryder, Uila, Te Iwi Mate, Ngan-Woo, Patea-Fereti, Robinson, Laupola, Rasch 8 cons). HT 3-31

Game 5 [L] - Sun 30 Sep, 12.00pm – v Hawke’s Bay - Napier

Hawke's Bay 47 v Tasman 12 (Tries: Michelle Curry, Demi Salton; Con: Hayley Hutana). HT: 23-5

Game 6 [L] - Sat 6 Oct, 2.05pm – v Otago – Blenheim

Tasman 7 (Anna Bradley try, Hayley Hutana con) v Otago 48 (Isla Pringle, Kilistina Moata’ane, Rosie Kelly, Tegan Hollows, Greer Muir 2, Cheyenne Cunningham, Sammy Wong tries, Kelly 4 con). HT 0 -33.

Played 6 I Won 1 I Lost 5 I Drew 0 I Points for 101 I Points Against 315

Name Tries Con Pen DG Total
Hayley Hutana 1 9 1 0 26
Michelle Curry 3 0 0 0 15
Amelia Hammett 3 0 0 0 15
Hannah Beech 2 0 0 0 10
Crystal Mayes 2 0 0 0 10
Stephani Mitchell 1 0 0 0 5
Tamara Silcock 1 0 0 0 5
Anna Bradley 1 0 0 0 5
Hannah Kelly 1 0 0 0 5
Demi Salton 1 0 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

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.

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.