As we near the end of term there is a considerable buzz about the College. The Gala Day is on this Saturday and the weather is set to be good, so we expect to see you there if you are around about.
Tomorrow sees two groups leave on overseas tours. A rugby touring squad of 1st and 2nd XV players is flying out to Vancouver on Friday night where they will be playing at four different venues. A good few parents are going on tour as well so they will make a great sight as they stroll through the airports.
Also taking wing tomorrow night are a group of 11 students and Mr and Mrs Marris on their way to Japan. The Japan tour had to be postponed last year after the earthquake and tsunami so every one is looking forward to a great, if delayed, experience.
There are old boys out there who have experienced either the rugby or Japan tours in the past and will still hold great memories of their adventures.
A great effort by old boy Dylan Dunlop-Barrett and his team mates to smash the national record for the 4x200m freestyle relay and give themselves a real shot at making the Olympics. More details available in the Daily News article - just click here.
If they make it Dylan will join Michael Roycroft (distance running) and Sean Reeves (yachting) as old boy Olympians. Have we missed somebody?
Br Ambrose Payne paid us a visit yesterday and was able to address the school's Monday assembly. Br Ambrose's time as the Brother Provincial is coming to a close and we will miss his regular visits and positive support.
He tells us he is renewing his teaching registration so there are students out there who may yet get some first hand experience of having a Brother in charge.
But not always.
A great last minute combination between old boys Beaudan Barrett and Conrad Smith to win the game for the Hurricanes over the Evil Blue Empire.
It was a great moment and took the edge off the sad defeat earlier today of the 1st XI cricket team in Wanganui. You can click here for the score sheet.
A great opportunity missed but there is always next year.
We have been dealing in a lot of current events lately so here is a page of photos from the Silver Jubilee Booklet of 1984. A few familiar, if somewhat fresher, faces.
Yesterday saw an aerial assault on the College with winds up around the 120 kph mark. Many of the schools in New Plymouth and surrounding districts closed for the day but being made of sterner stuff the staff and boys of FDMC acted as if it was business as usual.
We have lost a few tree branches and there are a number of fixtures, such as the cricket wicket covers, that are in different places than they would normally be, but in general we got off quite lightly. One casualty of the day was the visit from De La Salle in Auckland. We had to postpone their trip down as we were not sure if the school would be open when, and if, they got here. There was also concern over getting billets to peoples homes safely. We will post a new date for the exchange when it is confirmed.
With the Gala Day on the 31st of this month we would appreciated the odd prayer for some settled weather.
Good to see so many old boys running out for senior rugby club sides on the first week of competition last Saturday. Andrew Trolove (Coastal) and Nick Childs (Stratford) were two recent past students who got mentioned in dispatches.
This Wednesday the annual De La Salle / FDMC rugby exchange takes place with the boys from South Auckland coming down to us this year. The 2nd XV plays at 10.30 with the 1st XV kicking off at 12 o'clock. All old boys welcome.
The cricket season is not quite over with the 1st XI's Gillette Cup game against Wanganui Collegiate now happening on Wednesday in Wanganui - weather permitting.
The 1st XI cricket team controlled the game against NPBHS 1st XI from the start, scoring 190 in their 50 overs and limiting their opponents to 161 in their innings. A great win for the team, coaches and supporters which now see them move on to play the next Gillette Cup knock out game against Wanganui Collegiate.
Before they do that however, they have the chance to defeat NPOB in the Premier semi final this weekend and make it an even more memorable week.
Last Friday dawned fine but a little windy and cold. Things got hotter as the day wore on and a great Athletic Sports was had by all. Solomon proved the dominant house on the day but there were some outstanding efforts through the grades with a few new records set.
You can view a slideshow of the day on our front page.
The following is a message from Mark Wales, our Mr Cricket. The guys have done really well this season and we are hoping they can pull off at least one win in their two big challenges coming up.
We are playing NPBHS in the Gillette Cup knockout game on Thursday at Boys High top ground
The game is a 50 over one dayer and play will commence at 10.30am
The "Challenge Trophy" will also be up for grabs which is a trophy contested between the two teams
For the second time in College history we have made the Semi finals of the Two Day Premier competition.
It is against New Plymouth Old Boys and will be played at Western Park on Saturday and Sunday 17th and 18th March
The support of the Old Boys would be greatly appreciated if they want to come along and watch the boys in action
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