It’s busi­ness time boys

Marlborough Midweek - - Front Page -

It’s get­ting into the busi­ness time of both the Bay­leys Tas­man Tro­phy and the Wad­sco Marl­bor­ough pre­mier com­pe­ti­tions.

Be­lieve it or not there are only two rounds of footy left be­fore we head into the semis and fi­nals. The club sea­son has flown by with plenty of thrills and spills, like any sea­son there has been some real high­lights and also a bit of con­tro­versy along the way.

Waitohi have had a great sea­son and de­serve to be eight points clear in the Bay­leys Tas­man Tro­phy and in the lead of the Wad­sco Marl­bor­ough pre­mier com­pe­ti­tion, while Cen­tral are get­ting bet­ter and bet­ter ev­ery week and will pose a huge bar­rier for Waitohi in the lo­cal Marl­bor­ough fi­nals. Har­lequins have con­firmed their qual­i­fi­ca­tion in the Marl­bor­ough play­offs, which is a very good ef­fort from a young and tal­ented side.

Awa­tere look likely to take the other semi­fi­nal spot which is a good ef­fort con­sid­er­ing their re­cent run of in­juries.

I’ve got to put a plug in for Vaughan War­bur­ton, who made his pre­mier ref­er­ee­ing de­but a cou­ple of week­ends ago in the Waitohi verses Kahu­rangi match. Vaughan is a good bloke and ex-player who has the per­fect tem­per­a­ment to be a ref, and by all ac­counts from sev­eral play­ers who played in the match he had a great de­but match.

Best wishes to Zac Har­ri­son Jones, Com­ing down: Pow­er­ful Cen­tral winger Wil­liam Umu is tack­led by a Moutere de­fender dur­ing their game at Awarua Park, Spring Creek on Satur­day. the Marl­bor­ough Boys’ Col­lege 1st XV cap­tain, who broke his leg badly on the weekend against Lin­coln HS.

Zac is a fine young man, who will get through this set­back as he is a gutsy hard work­ing lad. By all ac­counts surgery to re­pair his in­jury has gone well.

On a lighter note, food is very dear to my heart and I re­ally en­joy a good old fash­ioned butcher’s sausage. My favourite butcher in town has to be Meaters of Marl­bor­ough, they just hap­pen to be a Tas­man Rugby Union spon­sor, and for the last few years have made a spicy wee banger named ‘‘Red Devil’’ af­ter our beloved Marl­bor­ough side.

This sea­son manger Mike New­man and his whole­sale man­ager Steve Black are launch­ing a new sausage in hon­our of the Makos ITM Cup team. At Tas­man Rugby in Marl­bor­ough we are run­ning a com­pe­ti­tion to come up with a name for this new type of banger, which is due to be re­leased at our Makos sea­son launch at Farm­lands in Blen­heim on July 30.

If you think you have a catchy, ap­pro­pri­ate name for the new Makos sausage send your sug­ges­tion to my email ad­dress mar­tyn. ver­coe@ tas­man­rugby.co.nz or check out our Makos Face­book page and post it on there. If your en­try is picked to be the name of the new Makos sausage you will win a Rugby ball signed by the Makos ITM Cup team and a Meaters voucher.

Pho­tos: DEREK FLYNN/ FAIR­FAX NZ

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