This weekend sees the end of a very long rugby season. Our 7's rugby team will make their way to Kelston Boys High School in Auckland to take part in the Condor Sevens, the national rugby 7's sec. schools championship.
The team have been training hard against the Taranaki senior side but will need all that training when they come against some very tough teams. The draw is as follows;
Kelston BHS on Sunday Dec. 2nd
FDMC v Rotorua BHS @ 8.36 am
FDMC v Hamilton BHS @ 10.06 am
FDMC v Otago BHS @ 11.39 am
Followed by post section games (we hope).
It would be great to see some old boys on the sidelines. If you can't make it you can follow the results on the Condor 7's web site or watch the Rugby Channel which is covering most of the day's action.
Some recent upgrades in the Agrodome has uncovered several great photos from the past. This is from the early 1980's and seems to show five ag students who have just received some certificates. We recognise Paul Mitchell (second from left) but can any one name the others and shed some light on what the certificates were for?
We had a recent catch up email from old boy Alan Watt letting us know what he is currently up to across the ditch. The following is an except from his email.
I was a later bloomer, I dropped out 2/3 of the way through form four and became a farm labourer. Then at 35 years of age whilst serving as a NZ Police officer, I started as a part time student at Massey University.
Alan's email got us to thinking about other old boy academics and what they might be up to. We have created a page on this site called Doctor Who to keep track of some of our big thinkers. If you have some suggestions for old boys who could be on this page please leave a comment or email us with your thoughts.
This Sunday sees an epic clash in the semi-final of the Taranaki Premier Cricket One Day Competition between our 1st XI and NP Marist United. We will let old boy Sam Barrett give you more details.
NPMU is hosting FDMC at Lynmouth Park on Sunday, game beginning at 10.30.
As well as the College 1st XI, we have a number of old boys in the NPMU squad. Ryan Fleming, myself, Jason Meuli, Josh Hickford, Josh Barrett, Ethan Bolstad, Andy Kelly, Sam Wells, Ryan Watson and Kurt Leuthart. We name our team tonight but those are the old boys part of our squad to be picked from. I imagine probably at least half a dozen will play on Sunday.
After the game (approximately 5pm) we will be having a joint BBQ. Old boys and friends of the college are invited to come and share in this with the players.
The 1st XI team for this match is:
1. Shaun Sullivan
2. Peter Ingram
3. Ricky Riccitelli
4. Samuel Fastier (c)
5. Gerald John Pike
6. Michael Blanks
7. Debu Banik
8. Daniel Bernet
9. Cameron Meads
10. Jordie Barrett
11. Satch Pryor
If you have time free on Sunday get along to Lynmouth Park, watch some good cricket and catch up with a few old boys.
Summer has finally arrived in Taranaki this week and we thought we would celebrate with a pic of the swimming pool pohutukawa as it stands today. We are sure it is a lot bigger and redder than some old boys from the "early days" recall.
It has become a happy hunting ground for young students on the lower branches and Tui in the canopy.
The following is extracted from the Lasallian newsletter In The Loop. It does not seem like a year since Br Robert left us, but the this photo was taken in 1993, and that doesn't seem too long ago.
Brother Robert McLaughlin’s death in Australia occurred a year ago this month. In New Zealand the country of his birth and where he was laid to rest the custom is to unveil and dedicate the headstone usually twelve months following the burial. Monday 12 November was the date selected for the ceremony recently. Three of Bob’s brothers were present with their wives and a nephew and niece. Several of the past and present staff of De La Salle College Mangere who had known him were present and were joined by special guests Brothers Mark McKeon and William Harnett. Colin Griffin Director of the resident community at Mangere presided at the unveiling and prayed a second blessing over the grave. The inscription was read by one of Bob’s brothers. During the meal that followed various tributes were given acknowledging the loss of one taken so suddenly and so young. Ambrose was present at Mainohana on Thursday of last week and able to attend the memorial Mass for Bob. The liturgy was highlighted by absolutely beautiful massed choir singing. At the conclusion of the Mass Ambrose spoke to the congregation recalling Bob’s faith in them, the manner in which he served them and the community that he built up at Mainohana.
The issue of skilled job shortages in the agriculture sector found its way on to the front page of the Daily News last Saturday. We are proud to be one of the few schools who offer a full agriculture course and the student numbers for next year suggest it will grow strongly over the next few years.
Old boy Dion Tuuta had a good column in today's Daily News arguing for greater targeted training for skilled agricultural workers - we plan to be part of the process.
There can't be too many schools in the country, or anywhere for that matter, who have the use of a 10 ton roller for keeping the cricket pitch flat and bouncy. FDMC does have access to such a piece of equipment thanks to the generous support of old boy Simon (Syd) Mulligan and his company Taranaki Civil Construction.
Taranaki Civil are storing this rather large piece of groundsman gear at the college and have made it available for us to use as required. Wicket curator and staff member Peter Ingram is very excited about the roller and the quality cricket pitches it will help him prepare.
Just another example of our old boys supporting their old school.
Our rugby sources inside the All Blacks suggest that this weekends game against Italy could bring about a new first. The first time two FDMC old boys have started a test match together. It would seem likely that Conrad Smith will be at centre and Beauden Barrett may get to show his wares from fullback.
We now look forward to the day when we have three old boys doing the haka at the same time!
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