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2019 Farah Palmer Cup

Jess Foster-Lawrence
Chriss Binns
Asst. Coach:
Beven Thompson
Koren Grason

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. Wing Rebecca Kersten top-scored with six tries and was the best of the backs. The experienced Wairakau Greig and Jessica Drummond were a very sound midfield pairing.

Higher honours went to:

New Zealand Sevens: Risileanna Pouri-Lane

[Source – 2020 Rugby Almanack]

Team Awards went to:

Defender of the Year – Tamara Silcock
Rookie of the Year – Leah Miles
Player of the Year – Rebecca Kersten
Mako Woman of the Year – Jessica Foster-Lawrence

2019 draw

Game 1 [L] - Sat 7 Sep, 2.00pm – v North Harbour - Blenheim

Tasman Mako 10 (Tries: Wairakau Greig, Jess Drummond) v North Harbour 22. HT: 5 - 5.

Game 2 [W] – Sat 14 Sep, 12.05pm – v Taranaki – New Plymouth

Taranaki 22 – Tasman 36 (Tries: Rebecca Kersten 2, Stephani Mitchell, Tamara Silcock, Wairakau Greig; Con 4 & Pen: Hayley Hutana). HT: 26 - 0

Game 3 [L] – Sun 16 Sep, 12.00pm – v Otago - Dunedin

Otago 58 – Tasman 15 (Tries: Jess Drummond, Hayley Hutana; Con & Pen: Hayley Hutana). HT: 15 - 10.

Game 4 [L] – Fri 27 Sep, 5.05pm – v Hawke’s Bay - Nelson

Tasman 5 (Try: Sydnee Wilkins) v Hawke’s Bay 55. HT: 5 - 27

Game 5 [L] – Sat 5 Oct, 12.30pm – v Northland - Whangarei

Northland 35 v Tasman 29 (Tries: Rebecca Kersten 2, Hayley Hutana 2, Wairakau Greig; Con: Hayley Hutana 2). HT: 13-5

Game 6 [W] - Sat 12 Oct, 2.05pm – v North Harbour – Albany (Championship QF)

Harbour 19 - Tasman 25 (Tries: Bethan Manners, Rebecca Kersten, Sydnee Wilkins; Con 2 & Pen 2: Hayley Hutana). HT 10 - 12.

Game 7 [L] - Sat 19 Oct, 2.05pm – v October – Dunedin (Championship SF)

Otago 64 - Tasman 10 (Tries: Sydnee Wilkins, Rebecca Kersten). HT 35 - 0.

Played 7 I Won 2 I Lost 5 I Drew 0 I Points for 130 I Points Against 275

Name Games Tries Con Pen Total
Hayley Hutana 7 3 9 4 45
Rebecca Kersten 7 6 0 0 30
Wairakau Greig 6 3 0 0 15
Sydnee Wilkins 7 3 0 0 15
Jess Drummond 6 2 0 0 10
Stephani Mitchell 7 1 0 0 5
Tamara Silcock 7 1 0 0 5
Bethan Manners 6 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.

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.

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.