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C’mon Red – MSP rugby history book launch this Saturday

Marist St Pats RFC

Book launch – Saturday 25 July 2020 11.15am – Hataitai Park Clubrooms

Ca’ii-Michelle Gordon, has very kindly offered to sing a couple of numbers, the New Zealand National Anthem and “Heroes”, at the launch proceedings of “C’mon Red” – the 50th Jubilee publication of the Marist St Pats RFC.

Ms Gordon, of Ngāti Porou and Rongowhakaata descent from the North Island’s East Coast is used to singing national anthems to packed Australian stadiums. Two years ago, Ms Gordon returned to New Zealand for family reasons after spending 30 years in Australia. Ca’ii was, after all, an Australian Rugby Union anthem singer of choice for Bledisloe Cup matches from 2000-10. Ca’ii also sang both anthems for the Wallabies and the All Blacks at a Bledisloe Cup match in Hong Kong.

“C’mon Red” is a grassroots rugby story of volunteer attitude, spirit and passion exhibited by players, coaches, supporters and financial backers alike.

For author, Tim Donoghue, this is the third book that Tim has written and published on rugby. Tim also won Malaysia’s premier non-fiction Book of the Year Award for Karpal Singh – Tiger of Jelutong (2014) his biography of the crusading human rights lawyer and politician. His print journalism career has spanned five decades, including a stint as the NZ Press Assn Hong Kong based Asia Correspondent in the 1990’s.

For more information contact the author Tim Donoghue 027 273 4630 or check out

The book launch will kick off Old Timers Day celebrations prior to lunch at the clubrooms, which open at 11.15am.

Time: 11.30am – 12.15pm

Maori Welcome – Norm Broughton

Welcome – President Ken Ah Kuoi

Prayer – Cardinal John Dew

Ca’ii-Michelle – to sing National Anthem

Guest Speakers

1. Kevin Horan

2. Brian McGuinness

3. Brian Coulter

4. Ron Evans

5. Tim Donoghue

Presentation of books to VIP’s – Chairman Rob Evans

Closing Remarks – President

Ca’ii-Michelle – to sing ‘Heroes’ to close

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