Marlborough Mid-Week : October 22nd 2014
14 MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, OCTOBER 22, 2014 SPORT Makos are ready for tough ITM final match SIDELINES I t doesn’t get any bigger than playing for the ITM Cup premiership title and I think it’s kinda cool how the top two qualifying teams will square off this Saturday night in New Plymouth. Our Tasman Makos will face a big challenge from their hosts Taranaki at Yarrow Stadium. Taranaki are a well-rounded team with not too many holes and they always play well at home. I suppose the challenge for our Tasman lads is to look after our own backyard and make sure we put a very good performance on the park, and then hopefully we will be right in the thick of the action. I lived in the ‘‘Naki’’ for five years so I am aware of how passionate their supporters are, but I like the way the Makos have played away from home this year – we tend to like away trips as we all get on pretty well. As for the semi-final match Marty Vercoe against Canterbury, it was pretty hard not to be proud of our chargers. We had a few injury niggles last week and a number of our lads played banged up but put in a gutsy stint at the office. Hats off to Canterbury in regards to their six season reign as ITM Cup champions that is a massive achievement. Their coaches and management were obviously gutted after the game but were also very gracious, they have a young side and plenty of depth and will be a huge force again in 2015. Our lads seem to really lift when we play Canterbury as it brings the best out of them, but the key now is to make sure we bring that attitude again on the weekend in Taranaki. My thoughts this week go out to ex Harlequins prop Tim Perry, who badly injured his achilles tendon during the first half of Saturday’s semi-final. Tim is great young fella, full of beans and larger than life and has a razor sharpe wit. He is a big part of our Makos culture and will be missed this weekend. He is a keen hunter and will face a frustrating and lengthy rehab back to full fitness. Saying that, he has the character to get back bigger and better than before his injury. A quick congrats also to our Makos assistant manager Brett Thornally, who celebrated his 100th game with the Makos on Saturday. Nipper, as he is known, is a Makos legend, a real good guy, there was no prouder man at full time last week than him. Victory: Makos lock Joe Wheeler celebrates with fans after their resounding win over Canterbury in the ITM Cup semi-final on Saturday. Photo: FAIRFAX NZ Alyssums Gifts, Home & Kitchen CROSSWORD TOP 10 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? NIGHT! Ladies Ladies SUDOKU NZ CROSSWORD Due to unforeseen circumstances Ladies Night has been canceled. All tickets will be refunded. Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 Balloons for all occasions Balloons for all occasions 6276937BI 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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