Region celebrates rugby’s return
Rugby is back up and running in Marlborough, and by the end of this weekend rugby players of all ages would have had their first taste of action for the season.
Senior footy is three games in, the Mako HP (High Performance) team has already had a preseason hit out and the Marlborough Boys’ College First XV and junior rugby also start this weekend.
This season has also seen a changing of the guard in our local Tasman Rugby office with Matt MacDougall coming on board as our new Community Rugby Development Officer.
Matt is a keen rugby man, who has played, coached and volunteered in our game at a very high level. He is a massive asset to our local sporting and rugby fraternity. Matt has already been busy running our annual Farmland Mini Mako holiday program plus primary school Rippa and sevens tournaments.
After three rounds of the local Motorworld competition - which also doubles as the round robin of the NPD Tasman wide trophy - all our local teams are in with a chance to go to the final on Queens Birthday weekend.
Renwick look the strongest contenders at present and are benefiting from all the hard work their club has done over the last few years.
Moutere have a very good spine in their team - a core of players who are performing well, coupled with a few hearty club men who have produced a couple of gusty wins early in the year.
East Coast and Waitohi will be quietly happy with their start to the season and are building nicely. Although Central are yet to register a win, they have been knocking on the door of victory in all matches. You get the feeling they will get one shortly.
As is tradition, a few new faces pop up in club rugby who catch the eye. Mix that with the usual suspects and you can list a number of individuals who are looking sharp at this stage of the season. Most of these in-form players had a run for the Mako HP team this week in Wellington against Hawkes Bay in the first step towards the Mitre 10 Cup season which starts in August
Lastly, good luck to all our young rugby players who are lacing up their boots for the first time this weekend, I’m sure they will have an awesome time getting out on the field and giving it their best.
Kavekini Tabu of Renwick, right, is tackled by Henry Evans of Waitohi in last year’s semifinals.