It is the business end of the rugby season and the 1st XV certainly meant business against old foe St John's Hastings at the College yesterday. The score of 117 - 7 suggested more of a summer game scoreline, something that was picked up by the Daily News.
It is a far cry from the tense battles of the past between the two sides but it has to be said our boys did play very sharp, controlled and effective rugby. Daniel Bernet can be seen above scoring one of his teams 18 tries, while it was good to welcome old boy Paul Williams back to school as the referee.
The theme of FDMC dominance continued through the rest of the sports exchange with the following results;
1st XI Football Won 6 - 0
Senior A Basketball Won 64 - 58
1st XI Hockey Won 13 - 0
U15 Football Drew 5 - 5
U15 Rugby Lost 22 - 20
We have also welcomed another old boy on to the college staff this week with the appointment of Ashley Reader-Nokes.
Ashley has taken a part time PE teaching position along with responsibility for organising the FDMC football programme.
Ashley left FDMC at the end of 2006 and is looking forward to developing his teaching skills in a place he knows well. It may just take a while to make the transition in his head.
As the new term started today we welcomed some new faces to the staff. Joining us as the new teacher of music is old boy Tobias Wright. Tobias left FDMC in 1992 but has returned to the fold and we know he will fit in well once he gets his head around being on the other side of the teachers desk.
Those who recall Tobias from his school days will not the slight change in hair style and to be fair he at least has some left, which is more than a few of us can say.
Congratulations to Scot Mellow and Logan Crowley on being named in the Hurricanes Under 18 Rugby team. We are sure that Blake Barrett and Cameron Keech must have also been very close to making the side.
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Just a reminder about the celebration of Father Francis Douglas's life and service on Sunday 21st July at 2:00pm in the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart Hill Street Wellington.
A new sensation on the Facebook-o-sphere is a page entitled FDMC Greatest Sporting Achievements. Worth a visit even if it is just to see if your greatest achievement has made the cut.
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Ashton Agar certainly made a name for himself in his first appearance in a cricket test match. While not an FDMC old boy Br Ray Khan tells us he is a member of the wider Lasallian family.
Ashton is a recent old boy of De La Salle in Malvern, Melbourne. Just another reason for us to keep an eye on his progress as a top flight cricketer.
The life and contribution of Father Francis Douglas is to be celebrated at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart in Wellington on Sunday 21st July at 2.00. There will be representatives of the College at the occasion but old boys are encouraged to get along if they can.
The following downloadable file has a lot more information on the event.
Congratulations to Kane Barrett on being named Captain of the Taranaki NPC Rugby Team. We know Kane will be one of those captains who will be prepared to do the hard yards.
Daily News article here.
It seems to be the season for old boys visits as yesterday we had the pleasure of welcoming back Lauchlan Whelan to his old school. Lachlan came to speak to senior students on behalf of the Sir Peter Blake Trust about the trust and the importance of young people getting involved in their communities.
Lauchlan left FDMC about 6 years ago and has gone on to complete a degree in Commerce and then travel the world as a naval officer. The old fella beside him hasn't been anywhere recently!
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