It’s business time boys
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.