Marlborough Mid-Week : October 15th 2014
18 MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, OCTOBER 15, 2014 SPORT An occasion for pride H ow could you not be a proud Marlburian as you bathed in the beautiful sunshine of a perfect Blenheim afternoon on Sunday as the Tasman Makos took on the Counties Manakau Steelers in the ITM Cup Rugby premiership. It’s been many years since Lansdowne Park has seen a crowd of more than 7000 at a game and the place was humming. As we, as a team, drove into the ground you got goose pumps as you could see the number of people flowing into the gates. There were so many attractions that led people to rock up to the park – Sonny Bill Williams was in town, the Makos were coming off a string of good results and the Tasman Rugby Union had organised a number of crowd SIDELINES Marty Vercoe pleasing initiatives like the Yealands Ladies Day. It was just great that the Marlborough public took up the challenge and came along to the venue, all that attended need a good hearty pat on the back. Sitting on the sideline I can tell you the park looked very special and a big crowd does really lift and help our Makos lads. A day like Sunday just doesn’t happen without the goodwill and generosity of sponsors, business, volunteers and rugby people – there are far too many to mention and I would hate to miss any out, but I think it’s important to acknowledge all involved in getting this event to the level it achieved. Obviously the result of the game didn’t go our way and I know the crowd would have walked away a tad disappointed, but not half as disappointed as our Makos lads. They were genuinely disappointed they didn’t play better in front of such a big crowd, but we have to take that on the chin, learn from it and make it right next week. Speaking of next week, it doesn’t get any bigger for the Makos than a premiership semi-final against Canterbury at home, this time in Nelson. The game will be a humdinger and let’s hope it goes the way of our boys. I can assure you we will be as prepared as possible to tackle our old red and black foes. Tight spot: Makos first five-eighth Rohan Saifoloi is under pressure from Counties Manukau players during their match at Lansdowne Park on Sunday. Photo: DEREK FLYNN/FAIRFAX NZ Alyssums Gifts, Home & Kitchen CROSSWORD TOP 10 NIGHT! Ladies Ladies TICKETS: $10 Demo of YOUR STARS THE TOP 10 1. Which political organisation was formed in Wellington on 7 July, 1916? 2. What word is used in international radio communications to denote the letter L? 3. Which country has the most golf courses per head of population? 4. Which river flows over the Niagara Falls? 5. The aardvark is the first animal listed in the dictionary but which is the second? 6. Which sixties song mentions grandchildren Vera, Chuck and Dave? 7. Park Town prawn in South Africa, king cricket in Australia and red cricket in South America are all members of the same family as which New Zealand insect? 8. An oologist studies what? 9. The 2006 Winter Olympics were held around which Italian city? 10. What is the medication acetylsalicylic acid known as? TICKETS: $10 JOIN US IN STORE FOR AN EVENING OF FUN WITH SPECIALS & PRIZES THROUGHOUT THE EVENING & A GRAND PR ZE A GRAND PRIZEI WORTH $500 TH $500 range & tastings on the night range & tastings on the night Wed, 22 Oct | 5.30pm – 7.30pm Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 Balloons for all occasions Balloons for all occasions SUDOKU NZ CROSSWORD 6276937AG 4513063AO 1. NZ Labour Party, 2. Lima, 3. New Zealand, 4. Niagara River, 5. Aardwolf, 6. “When I’m Sixty-Four”, 7. Weta, 8. Birds’ eggs, 9. Turin, 10. Aspirin.
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