Why no parade for mighty Makos?

PARTY TIME: The record-breaking Tasman Makos celebrate their victory in the ITM Cup Championship Final.
PARTY TIME: The record-breaking Tasman Makos celebrate their victory in the ITM Cup Championship Final.

It's great the Makos won the ITM Cup Championship. As the civic leader of our city why didn't you host a parade for the team after their win?

I've been asked this question a few times.

The Makos win capped off many years of hard work and an exciting and energetic season of rugby.

The final was one of the best games of rugby I've watched at Trafalgar Park.

The crowd started the occasion with passionate singing of the National Anthem and the players moved that passion and determination to fever pitch in the next 80 minutes.

A parade seemed like the fitting tribute to a fantastic season of rugby and as mayor of our city the invitation was certainly extended and discussed with the team.

But these players are successful because they are dedicated professionals.

Almost half the team were off to their next commitment early in the week, including captain Shane Christie who flew straight out to join the Maori All Blacks.

The players who remained in the city preferred to celebrate by giving back to our next generation of champions.

They visited some of their biggest fans, the school children of Nelson.

The team management also stopped into my office with the cup and we discussed plans for next year.

I know Nelson people and businesses will get behind the Makos as they gear up for the ITM Premiership.

I'm certainly looking forward to watching their future success and heading to Trafalgar Park for next session's home games.

In the meantime keep an eye on Marty Banks who has been nominated as one of three for Player of the Year in the 2013 Steinlager Rugby Awards ceremony to be held at the Sky City Auckland Convention Centre on Thursday, December 5.

Well done the Makos - you are a champion team.

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