The Tasman Makos set high standards, ensuring that their 34-17 win over Otago won't be cause for undue celebration.
Marlborough rower Robbie Manson, alongside crewmate Chris Harris, produced a determined effort to qualify for the double scull final at the world rowing championships in France on Friday night (NZ time).
Tasman hold onto position at top of NPC premiership ladder with scrappy 34-17 win over Otago in Dunedin.
They may both be officially labelled "Tasman" but, make no mistake, when the Red Devils and Griffins do battle on Saturday, it will be all about Marlborough versus Nelson Bays.
There were fluctuating fortunes for the Marlborough rowers involved in semifinals at the world rowing championships at Lake Aigubelette, France on Thursday night [NZ time].
Marlborough Girls’ College’s First XI football side finished with a flourish, but the Senior A netball side a loss at their respective South Island Secondary School tournaments on Thursday.
It will be another busy two days of indoor bowls on the back court of Simcox Stadium in Blenheim this weekend. Following on from the Mark Stevenson First National Marlborough Open last weekend local bowlers will contest the Closed Fours Championship on Saturday then the Champion of Champion Triples on Sunday.
Seven Marlborough drivers will do battle with a large field of Christchurch drivers and the elements at Rally Hanmer on Saturday.
They have met in four of the previous five finals, as well as four times already in 2015, and on Saturday the top teams from Harlequins and Smog clash once more in the premier grade netball final.
The Marlborough winter is far from the ideal training ground for a sprinter attending the Youth Commonwealth Games in the tropical climes of Samoa, but it has had to do for Blenheim teenager Lucy Sheat.
If the Tasman Makos ever harboured thoughts of picking up five easy points against Otago on Friday, events in New Plymouth last Saturday will have put those ideas firmly to rest.
Marlborough’s junior rugby reps managed two wins from three matches against Nelson Bays’ opposition at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim on Sunday.
Both Marlborough junior club rugby teams contesting Tasman age grade finals lost away from home on Saturday, the Marlborough Boys’ College Second XV beaten by Motueka in the under-18 decider and Renwick toppled by Waimea in the under-16 final.
Meatloaf famously sang, “Two Out Of Three Ain’t Bad”, but Tasman rugby fans may not agree entirely after their teams lost the one match that counted for competition points at Blenheim's Lansdowne Park on Saturday.
Tasman Makos’ loose forward Vernon Fredericks provided the feel-good story of his side’s 41-21 win over Manawatu at Lansdowne Park in Blenheim on Thursday evening.