Friday, 29 April 2011

A Staff List

We will be publishing the 2011 staff photo next week. It contains close to 100 people in it, with ancillary staff included. Quite a difference from this 1979 staff list which may bring back memories (both good and not so) to students from that era.

Wednesday, 27 April 2011

From The Air

The College from the air in the mid 1960's  - my how things have changed and developed!

Tuesday, 26 April 2011

More Magazine Shots

The College Prefects circa 1968. A fine body of young men, many of whom have gone on to contribute a great deal to their families and communities. The astute weather watcher might spot a young Jim Hickey well before he developed a degree of comfort in front of the camera.

Thursday, 21 April 2011

Old Photos

Continuing our holiday theme of old photos from the magazines we have here the Senior A Basketball team circa 1974. Good to see Br Paschal was an active participant even if he didn't adopt the current hairstyle.

Tuesday, 19 April 2011

Old Magazines - Young Faces

The work continues on scanning and up loading the past FDMC Magazines. We are up to 1987 and they can be viewed on the FDMC Foundation web site.

As time goes on we will be pulling individual and team photos from these magazines  and creating a living archive.

Meanwhile it is great to look back at all these fresh faces from 1984 - my how they have grown (aged).

Monday, 18 April 2011

Father and Son

Congratulations to Kevin (Smiley) and Beauden Barrett  on becoming the first father and son to have both played for the Hurricanes. With the Barrett Boys all showing plenty of promise it likely won't be the only son Smiley gets to see in the Hurricanes jersey.

Friday, 15 April 2011

Much Ado About Something

The annual Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival was held at Stratford High School on Wednesday night. A group of 14 students from FDMC performed extracts from Much Ado About Nothing. The drama was directed by Mrs Pascal Joines. In their playing card costumes and with several boys playing the female roles the students gave an excellent performance that gained them 1st place out of the 20 dramas presented by Taranaki schools.

They now go to the national festival in Wellington for four days over Queen's Birthday weekend. Details of performance times at a later date as we are sure there will be Old Boys supporters wanting to go and watch.

Thursday, 14 April 2011

A Great Result

For the first time, we think ever, FDMC 1st and 2nd XV's have played De La Salle at home in Mangere and both come out victorious.

The 2nd XV played in a real arm wrestle that ended in an old fashioned score of 5 to nil. Had we kicked our goals the score would have been inflated but the commitment from the team was very pleasing.

The 1st XV scored two early tries, and despite De La Salle having a few periods of sustained pressure we ran out the winners by 28 to 13. It is our first win over our brother school since 2005 and bodes well for the team going into a long season.

As always we were very well looked after by staff and parents at De La Salle and the boys had lots of stories to share on the long but happy bus ride home.

Tuesday, 12 April 2011

Well Done United

Congratulations to the New Plymouth United (once Marist) cricket team on finishing third in the national club championship, held in Auckland last week. The team performed very well, not surprising given the number of old boys who play a big part in the team. By our count the following old boys were all involved:
  • Ryan Fleming
  • Ben Siffleet
  • Sam Wells
  • Josh Barrett
  • Sam Barrett
  • Thomas Landrigan
  • Ethan Bolstead
  • Jason Meuli

Monday, 11 April 2011

An Annual Affair

This week sees the annual FDMC v De La Salle rugby game, this year hosted in Mangere. Our seconds and firsts bus to Mangere tomorrow morning and play at De La Salle on Wednesday - kick off times at 10.30 and 12.30. Should you be in the area it is always a very competitive exchange and it would be great to have some local support.

On our return journey we will be bringing back Br Peter Smyth for a visit to his old stomping ground in New Plymouth. We are sure he will be looking to catch up with lots of old students in his few days with us, so keep your eye out for him.

Friday, 8 April 2011

A Seasonal Shift

This week has definitely seen a seasonal change. It was only last Saturday that the Old Boys XI was playing the 1st XI for the Vale Bat in sparkling sunshine (pictured right). Almost a week later and there is snow on the mountain and a definite chill in the air.

For the record the, the 1st XI won the game, chasing down the Old Boys total without losing a wicket. The Old Boys were caught by surprise after a big lunch at the Foundation launch but are already planning their revenge next year - weather permitting.

Thursday, 7 April 2011

In the Sports News

We note a number of Old Boys appearing in the sports section of the Daily News this week.

Most outstanding has been the efforts of Old Boy Dylan Dunlop-Barrett at the National Long Course Swimming Champs. When you are breaking records set by Danyon Loader you know all that hard work must be paying off. More details at Dylan Shatters The Record. We believe Dylan has yet to swim his specialist event so we await tomorrows' paper for more good news.

Also in today's Daily News is an article on Leon Power, who is transferring to the Bay Of Plenty to play in the ITM Cup. This should be a good move for Leon as he is likely to get a lot more game time  than here in the 'Naki. We will watch developments closely.

Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Up And Running

The launch of the FDMC Foundation took place on Saturday with a small but enthusiastic group of Old Boys there to be part of FDMC history. Both Peter McDonald and Thomas Hills spoke, with the common theme being that what we have is a special place, the need for us to celebrate that as Old Boys and to look to be part of its' future.Thomas lived those sentiments by taking timeout from his birthday celebrations to be part of the launch.

An information brochure was distributed on the day but you can download a copy on the Foundation web site at

Monday, 4 April 2011

The Rotorua Boys Pay Us A Visit

Thanks to 1st XV Coach Steve Simpson for the following report on last weekends rugby exchange. Those of you in Auckland might like to note we will be in Mangere next week to play De La Salle. More details later in the week.

Francis Douglas Memorial College played Rotorua Boys High School on Saturday 2 April. The 2nd XV played on Yarrows No 4, due to cricket finals being played at the College. The seconds competed well against much bigger opposition, with Daniel Churstain and captain Shaun Burrows standing out in the forwards and Nathan Clough competing well at half back. At half time the score was 9 - 15, with Michael Blanks slotting three penalties. Rotorua managed one converted try in the second half, making the final score 9 - 22.

In the first fifteen game FDMC started well, stringing together many phases, but failing to finish several good scoring opportunities. Eventually though the pressure told with a successful penalty from Scott Barrett. Rotorua then came close to scoring, but the FDMC defense held and from a resulting turnover Dylan Juffermans ran from under his posts to score the opening try, converted by Caleb Ritai. Half time score 10 - 0 to FDMC.

Rotorua started the second half with more urgency and gained early field position through good kicking from their first five. They managed to cross for two tries, one converted and kick two penalties to take a 10 - 18 lead. FDMC responded and managed to work their way down field. After good forward play, prop Andrew Trolove crashed over, with Barrett converting to bring the score to 17 - 18 with seven minutes still to go. This ended up being the final score.

In the forwards, hooker Ricky Ricitelli, the young Blake Barrett at No 6 and Trolove all had strong games. In the backs captain Tei Walden was a dominant figure, until he left the field with concussion, and second five Paddy Forsythe had a top game defensively.

Next college game - Wednesday 13 April, De La Salle College (Away)

Friday, 1 April 2011

Ambassadors All

Thanks to those who have registered on the Foundation web site ( and if you haven't then please make the effort.

Because we are such a far flung group we are looking for Old Boys who can act as ambassadors in their region or area. Craig Reilly and Bill Kilkolly are already doing a great job in Auckland and it is a model we would like to promote in other areas. Contact us through the web site if you can help.

If you can't be "official" you can still be a great help by getting the word out to old friends about the web site and what is happening.