Marlborough Mid-Week : October 29th 2014
SPORT Makos’ electric game The Makos 2014 season was a huge success in so many ways. Sure we didn’t get the result we so much desired in New Plymouth on Saturday night, but we tried our hearts out and at the end of the day it just wasn’t our night. It’s very hard being the bridesmaid, but it’s also very important to acknowledge your opposition, tip your cap and use the experience as a motivator as we move forward. The occasion itself was massive – a real highlight of the rugby calendar for years to come. The atmosphere at the ground was electric, but it was the build up that truly summed up the spirit of he occasion with New Plymouth heaving and the local ‘‘Naki’’ people going out of their way to show their hospitality to the travelling Makos fans. A prime example of this was All Black Beauden Barrett’s parents SIDELINES Marty Vercoe who run a farm just out of New Plymouth offering 10 Makos fans to come and bunk down with them for the weekend. Our lads were blown away with the support they received this season and especially over the finals weekend. It was awesome to see all our travelling fans at the ground and also all the well wishes on social media. I think the last 20 minutes of the match summed up our team spirit. Down 33-13 and all the momentum, and at times it seemed all the luck, going the Naki’s way we managed to claw our way back into the game. However, in the end we came up just short. Our lads left nothing out there and were pretty bruised and battered after the game, but tried their guts out. Over the season the Makos had so many heroes both on the park and off in our coaching and management team, and there is a massive desire in this group to come back in 2015 and have another big crack at the competition. For me, rugby as a whole in our region has lifted massively as well in 2014 and all the signs look great for years to come. The club season was the closest in years, Marlborough teams were more competitive in the Tasman trophy – with Waitohi claiming the trophy – local JAB rugby numbers continued to be healthy, sponsorship revenue continues to grow Welcome home: Fans turn out to celebrate the arrival of the Tasman Makos back in Nelson on Sunday. and probably my own personal highlight was when more than 7000 turned out at Lansdowne Park to watch the Makos take on Counties on a beautiful October Marlborough day. As we wind up the 2014 season my thanks go out to all the people Photo: FAIRFAX NZ in our community that make rugby possible, these include committee members, parents, volunteers, referees, coaches and local businesses who sponsor. All I can say is bring on March 2015 when footy starts up again. Until then, fins up! Alyssums Gifts, Home & Kitchen CROSSWORD YOUR STARS TOP 10 Time to bake your Chr st Chriistmas Ca THE TOP 10 1. Which acid gives nettles their sting? 2. In Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, what price did the Mad Hatter have on his hat? 3. Who (Henry ____) invented a coal range that cooked food and heated kitchens for generations of New Zealanders? 4. Which Simon and Garfunkel song begins “I’m sitting in the railway station..”? 5. French painter Seurat used what painting technique where tiny dots of colour blend in the viewer’s eye? 6. In 2006, which region had the highest median annual personal income from all sources: Auckland, Wellington or Waikato? 7. Are male or female hop plants used to make beer? 8. Arthur Hastings was the sidekick of which fictional sleuth? 9. Which New Zealand film won Oscars for Best Supporting Actress and Best Original Screenplay? 10. In 1998, who did Bill Clinton agree to pay $850,000 in an out-of-court settlement for claimed sexual harassment? as Cakes SUDOKU MARLBOROUGH MIDWEEK, OCTOBER 29, 2014 19 NZ CROSSWORD Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 Queen St, Blenheim Ph 577 7648 6276937AI 4513063AO 1. Formic acid, 2. 10/6, 3. Shacklock, 4. “Homeward Bound”, 5. Pointillism, 6. Wellington, 7. Female, 8. Hercule Poirot, 9. The Piano, 10. Paula Jones.
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