Tomorrow could be a huge day in the history of our region, and our newsroom is going to be working hard to ensure you don't miss any of it.
The Manawatu Turbos challenge Taranaki for the most coveted prize in New Zealand rugby - the Ranfurly Shield - and whether you're an avid rugby fan or not, lifting the Log o' Wood would be a huge achievement the entire region could celebrate.
The Manawatu Standard and Destination Manawatu have teamed up to organise bus transport for fans to get to the game in New Plymouth, and we've spent this week planning our coverage for the newspaper and our website, manawatustandard.co.nz.
With the game kicking off at 2.35pm tomorrow, you'll be able keep up with the action online if you're unable to get to a TV set, or you want to follow some of the colour behind the scenes.
Naturally, our sports editor Peter Lampp will be in the press box at Yarrow Stadium, and he'll be joined by deputy editor Warwick Rasmussen.
Warwick will be providing live updates of the game on our website so you can keep up with the score on your PC, laptop or mobile device.
Before that, though, we'll have a reporter and photographer in The Square to catch up with the green army setting off from Palmerston North to support our Turbos, and you'll be able to see that story and pictures on our site about lunchtime.
Warwick will then be reporting from the ground during the buildup to the game, updating you with any developments as kickoff approaches. Our digital editor, Greer McDonald, will be co-ordinating that coverage back here in Manawatu, adding words and pictures as they're filed from the stadium.
But, just as importantly, we've also been planning what Monday's paper will look like if - touch wood - the Turbos pull off a famous victory. I don't want to jinx it by giving too much away, but rest assured if the Shield finds a new home in Manawatu, Monday's paper will be an edition that will be a souvenir marking a great moment in the region's history. Now all we have to do is win!
- Michael Cummings
- Manawatu Standard
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