Andrew Goodman on his way to the line for Nelson versus Waimea Old Boys. Photo Marc Palmano/

Goodman to play 100th senior rugby game on Saturday


Andrew Goodman now shares a Nelson backline with players he once coached at rippa rugby.

The former Tasman Makos captain skipper will play his 100th senior game for his beloved club rugby team on Saturday.

Andrew says playing alongside players he once coached as kids is an eye opener.

“I do feel a little old, like I’m slowing down but we have guys in team that I used to coach when they were playing rippa rugby.”

The 33-year-old has a long association with the club having first played for them as an under-8 player.

He debuted for the senior team in 2006 and after a couple of years away playing for Leinster and the odd injury, he’ll crack the milestone at Trafalgar Park on Nelson’s Club Day against Central.

“It’s been a bit of a stop-start effort to get to three figures but it’s something I’m looking forward too and getting the blazer and putting it away in the cupboard for safe keeping.”

The Goodman family has been involved in the club for a number of years and Andrew says he is most looking forward to seeing the next generation perform.

“It’s great this milestone has fallen on our club day and I’m excited to see my nephew play his first game of rippa ever.”

Goodman says he still loves playing for the club and has plenty left to offer.
“I’ve always loved pulling on the jersey and I’m enjoying being around the team and the club.”