Makos get in behind Falcons
Cross-code camaraderie ahead of finalJONATHAN MCKEOWN
The New Zealand King Salmon Nelson Marlborough Falcons will have a championship team in their corner ahead of tomorrow's national youth league football final.
The Tasman Makos franchise - who won their first cup trophy last season after a 26-25 championship final win over Hawke's Bay - are backing the Falcons to make more history at Trafalgar Park.
The southern conference champion Falcons play northern conference winners Auckland City at Trafalgar Park, with kick-off at 1pm. This week a message went out from the Tasman Makos, which they sent to all their supporters, urging them to get along to the park to support Nelson's bid for another national title.
Les Edwards, the Tasman Makos marketing manager said tomorrow would be a wonderful day for the young Falcons players. "The Tasman Makos think it is fantastic that the Falcons are playing in a cup final," said Edwards. "When you play in a cup final it is a great opportunity to showcase your skills and your talents."
Edwards said that playing in a cup final can lead to many more opportunities in a sportsman's career, be it playing at a higher level or being picked up for national teams.
"We saw that with the Makos. We made a championship cup final, we win it, and all of a sudden we have 10 super rugby players. So the opportunity to play in a final is the chance of a lifetime and the Makos want to wish the young Falcons players all the very best."
Edwards said a successful organisation involves everybody in that franchise. He said it starts in the back office and goes all the way to the coaching staff and the players. And, the fans also have a huge role to play.
Edwards said the message coming from the Makos was to soak up the atmosphere that not many people will experience in their playing careers, being involved in a national final.
"Enjoy the day, enjoy the moment and enjoy the contest. Win or lose, it will be the best day in these young men's life; seize the moment."
Nelson Marlborough Falcons chairman and founder of the club, Aldo Miccio, said "the 2014 Falcons had made the entire region proud with their achievements and no matter the result, they are already champions".
"But it would be nice to have that national trophy in the cabinet," he added.