IRIRANGI SPORTS TEAMS

Here is an image of the 1958 IRIRANGI Ships Rugby Team.  Can we name any of them?

irirangi

Standing: L-R  Lt Stan Keeley. Joe Sullivan (sparker), Mick Pryor, ? Alan Birtwhistle, Snow Waller ? ? ? Graeme Matheson ?
Middle: Dave Kutia (Killick Seaman),Frank Elliott, Des Coneglan, ? ?, Chas Brown
Front ; Sonny Hau, LTCDR Keyworth, Rex Lincoln, Frank Rolton (Engnr), ?
Jackie Wairepo-Wrigley as ball boy in front

Image of the 1983 IRIRANGI Soccer Team.

soccer

Standing – Graham Dallow, Selwyn Kaye, Malcolm Motion, Ritchie Marsh, George Harridon, ?, Lee Retelick, Steve Daley, Dave Tatana, Murray Kingham. ?. Kips Roberts, ?, ?
Kneeling – Wayne Mackey, Dave Tonkin, ?, Bungy Williams, ?

Image of 1975 IRIRANGI Rugby Team

rugby

Rear – Stack Stevens, Phil Monk, Sid Slight, Albie Taylor, Ray Jenson, Bob Ohlson, Kevin Gardner, Colin Mitchell, Dave Cohen, Ali Blai, Mick Keriti Manager
Front – George Randall, Owen Worth, Trevor Kingi, Paddy Long, Alister Smith,  Bill Welch, Murray Auldridge, Vince Pakinga, Martin Frost, Allan Foy

1981 Round the Mountain IRIRANGI Team

runners

Standing L – R  Gary Rzepecky, Shane Soole, ?, Bob Stone, ?, Ron Bryant
Kneeling L – R Frank Maika, Bungy Williams, ?, Matt Fogden.

1975 IRIRANGI Rugby Team

1975

Back Row: Ray Jensen, Colin Mitchell, Kevin Gardner, Murray Auldridge, Stack Stephens, Dave Cohen, Bill Welch.
Middle Row: Phil Monk, Owen Worth, George Randall, Martin Frost, Alistair Blair, Gary Johnson Coach.
Front Row: Bob Ohlson, VInce Pakinga, Sid Slight, Alistair Smith, Steve Wratt, Allan Foy.
Seated on ground: Trevor Kingi – VIce Capt, Paddy Long – Capt

Winners of the Taihape Competition, the Champion of Champions Wanganui Union, Fleet Championship, Fleet 7 aside, and several members selected for the Northern Wanganui Rep team

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15 Responses to IRIRANGI SPORTS TEAMS

  1. Jim Dell says:

    1983 soccer team – Dave Tonkin is kneeling in the middle, front row. Not standing in back row.
    1975 black and white pic 1975 rugby team. Back row – Left to right Stack Stevens, Phil Monk, Sid Slight, ?, Ray Jensen, Bob Ohlson, ?, ?, Dave Cohen, Ali Blair.
    Front Row- 5th from the right is Bill Walsh. Next to him is another sparker whose name escapes me – nickname was Hong. The guy in front of Mick Kereti is Foy (Wtr).

  2. Jim Dell says:

    The rating next to Bill Walsh is Murray Aldridge

  3. albert cross says:

    1958 team. I see Jackie Wairepo-Wrigley as ball boy (RIP) Sonny Hau first left front row (RIP)
    Lt. at rear could be Stan Keeley (RIP) .That could be Frank (Mac) Elliott second left middle row but I stand corrected. It’s amazing that only two years out of pussers and I don’t recognise anyone else .

  4. Mike Catlow says:

    Just a guess but how about middle row left Laurie Leef and 2nd from right Bonga Crengle?

  5. Jim Blackburn. says:

    The 1958 Rugby Team ……I wouldn’t take money on it….but the Lt standng is Stan Keeley…..
    .the two seated..Is it Lt Cdr Keyworth and Lt Cdr Taff Davies

  6. Paddy Long (Dodger) says:

    Ok the 1975 Irirangi team in black and white….
    Back row: Stack Stephens, Phil Monk, Sid Slight, Albie Taylor, Ray Jensen, Bob Ohlson, Kevin Gardner, Colin Mitchell, Dave Cohen, Ali Blair – Mick Keriti – Manager.
    Front Row: George Randall, Owen Worth, Trevor Kingi VC, Paddy Long Capt, Alistair Smith, Bill Welch, Murray Auldridge, VInce Pakinga, Martin Frost, Allan Foy (Ah Moy)…

    And the coloured pic of the same team ….
    Back Row: Ray Jensen, Colin Mitchell, Kevin Gardner, Murray Auldridge, Stack Stephens, Dave Cohen, Bill Welch.
    Middle Row: Phil Monk, Owen Worth, George Randall, Martin Frost, Alistair Blair, Gary Johnson Coach.
    Front Row: Bob Ohlson, VInce Pakinga, Sid Slight, Alistair Smith, Steve Wratt, Allan Foy.
    Seated on ground: Trevor Kingi – VIce Capt, Paddy Long – Capt

    Winners of the Taihape Competition, the Champion of Champions Wanganui Union, Fleet Championship, Fleet 7 aside, and several members selected for the Northern Wanganui Rep team

  7. Mike Catlow says:

    Its fantastic that some people are able to identify faces in the photos above.

    As i was musing on this, the thought came to me that this being the 21st century we should obtain the photos of all ex-navy from their service file – feed them into a high spec computer with top notch face recognition software – this would surely help with old photos. Nothing worse than a photo of faces with no identity, doesn’t seem right somehow

  8. Bob Ohlson says:

    The team photo on the canteen steps in Philomel was taken prior to us beating Canterbury in the Intership 15-Aside final.

  9. Mike Harrington says:

    Fantastic photo of 1958 rugby team Irirangi. That sure looks like Stan Keeley RIP top left, what a great guy unassuming and down to earth, he would breeze in and breeze out! Behind lt.Cdr Davies I think is Charlie Brown and on his right Sonny Smith RIP, who was killed in a car that flipped going on watch to NR2. 3rd in from left middle row i think is Des Conaglen(not sure of spelling) RIP. I recognize the guy on Des’s right but can’t remember his name. And yes looks like Bonga Crengle 2nd from right middle row. There would be others there i’m sure I would know as I was drafted there around 57 and left in 59 for Pukaki and a far east trip, but time and tide have erased the old memory! I used to live in Waiouru next to Ron Pocock on one side and and a tiffy who I can’t remember the name of now on the other side. They were good years, cold in the winter with lots of snow, shame it’s all gone. I like your comments Mike Catlow.

    • Mike Catlow says:

      Hi Mike doesn’t time fly. I was on the 1959 Pukaki commission as an J/Tel. If my memory serves me right it was yourself, Charlie Brown, TeOne Wesley,Sonny Hau, Rock Graham with Don Campbell in charge or are there any more i have forgotten?

      • Mike Harrington says:

        Hi Mike thanks for your email, yes time sure does fly. I’m sorry I can’t remember you but the name rings a bell. I can’t remember any more than you have mentioned. I thought it was Pete Campbell and he used to sleep in a wee electrical cupboard space that housed transmitters or some such electrical equipment. We used to go and shake him sometimes and he would be in the praying mantis position or something like that! I was a 32nd WT boy. Do you know anything about Teone Wesley, we served together at Navy Office too, haven’t heard anything about him since, he was a nice guy. OK mike thanks for taking the time to reply, all the best Mike H

  10. Mike Catlow says:

    Oops sorry for misinformation I had forgotten I rose to the dizzy heights of being an OD on Pukaki. I could have the wrong Campbell so will have to check. TeOne I have met at the odd reunion over the years, he was driving taxis in Auckland was the last I heard. Am not sure if he keeps a check on the Comms website but lets hope he pops up with some news at some stage. TeOne was at Tamaki ready to move out when I arrived there as a boy, but he was and is a hell of a nice guy I agree. I am looking forward to the next Comms reunion in Taupo 2018, where I like to catch up with old mates while they are still around.

  11. Jim Blackburn. says:

    Hi Mike..Wes is living in the Te Atatu area I thunk…I have met him in the Te Atatu RSA a few
    times, in fact last Anzac Day we sat together and had a long long chinwag and caught up on
    “old times”…he has had bit of a Health Knock Back but was slowly coming right.

  12. Mike Harrington says:

    Thanks for your replies Mike and Jim. And thanks for the info on TeOne, it would be good to catch up again if I make it up there sometime. Like you said Mike while we are all still around. All the best, cheers!

  13. Wendy Aranga says:

    Dave Kutia from the 1958 Irirangi Rugby team passed away yesterday. A grandson graduated as an od electronic technician at Philly today. He won the Buck Shelford trophy for PT excellence.

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