A rugby tour party left FDMC yesterday bound for Sydney. It comprises a mixture of 1st and 2nd XV players who will spend 9 days away and play three games. If you are in the area why not get along and support. The venues are as follows.
v Oakhill College, Castlehill, 1 pm, Thursday 2nd April
v The Kings School, North Parramatta, 12 noon, Saturday 4th April
v Terrigal Rugby Club U18s, Terrigal, 4 pm, Tuesday 7th April
If you can make it be sure to make yourself known to the team.
Pictured above is FDMC Old Boy Tim Naish who was kind enough to come along and give the keynote address at our annual Academic Colours assembly. Tim finished his time at FDMC in 1983 and has gone on to a very distinguished career in science. He is currently a Professor at Victoria University and is the Director of the Antarctic Research Centre and an expert in the field of climate change.
Tim's address to the College was very well received being a mixture of warm reflections on his school days and sage advice to the students on pursuing their academic passions.
In all 47 Year 11 and 12 students received colours for outstanding success in last year's NCEA exams, a total that seems to grow every year. We can but hope that at least a few go on to contribute as much as Professor Tim Naish.
Yesterday saw the 1st and 2nd XV's taken on the might of De La Salle in Mangere. The 2nd XV never stop trying against players much bigger than themselves an ended up going down by about 30 points.They can take pride in the way that kept going till the end.
The 1st XV started slowly, missing a few kicks at goal , and having one very close "no try" call in the first half. They finished the game strongly but went down 25 to 12 to a fit and well polished De La Salle side. More photos of the game can be viewed at this Facebook site.
As always the games were only part of the experience with our guys being very well looked after by our brothers up north and their families.
Both the 1st XI and 1st XV are in action this week. If you are in Palmerston North today you can see our 1st XI cricket team take on PNBHS in the Gillette Cup Central Region Final at Fitzherbert Park. If you then find yourself in Mangere, Auckland tomorrow you can witness the annual rugby exchange games with De La Salle. The 2nd XV kick off at the school grounds at 10.30 while the 1st XV clash takes place at 12 noon.
Good luck to all those involved, especially the 5 students who will be involved in both codes over the two days.
Great result today with the FDMC 1st XI scoring 248 and bowling Marlborough BHS out for 189 in the Gillete Cup Regional Finals. One more big effort tomorrow will see the lads make it to the National Finals.
Full scorecard at CricHQ.
Nice article in today's Daily News on recent old boy Patrick Hay's ball bouncing feat during last weekend's WOMAD Festival. 5100 consecutive bounces is pretty cool and just another example of how College old boys achieve in all fields!
It was great to catch up with old boy Malcolm Keegan watching the 1st XV in a pre season trial at the weekend. Malcolm is the oldest of the Keegan clan and was able to watch his youngest brother Alex playing for the Tukapa U21 side. Malcolm's other five brothers have also been back in town for a big family catch up. Some are local but some are scattered across the globe. Malcolm is currently designing and building homes in the UK having spent time designing railway stations! The weather may be great but there are some things you just can't do in Taranaki.
There are lots of different funded raising activities going on at present (sports trips, Gala Day, Lenten Appeal) and past students have been very generous in donating articles for auction and sale. An example would be Leon Power's rugby jersey (below) from his new French Club Oyonnax. We include some info from Leon and thank him for his donation.
The gold Jersey is our away one (usually red and bloack) but the shorts are home kit.
The photo above is one of the newly digitized photos from our archive. The only label it had was FDMC and Blenheim Junior Teams. We would appreciate any more details that old boys from the "early days" might be able to provide.
An Old Boy's Card
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