Family that plays together wins fame

By J B Phillips


Barney, Annie, Joan, Neville, Mary, Roy and Gordon were inducted into the hall of fame as a family group. There have been some famous Wanganui sporting families over the years and one of them the McIntyres is the latest addition to the Wanganui Sporting Hall of Fame.

The family, parents Barney and Annie, with their children Joan, Neville, Mary, Roy and Gordon, were inducted into the hall of fame as a family group last night.

The only other family in the hall of fame are the Colemans father Percy (Cannon-Ball) and his sons Rod and Bob.

They all represented New Zealand at motorcycling and won numerous national titles, with Percy a world grass-track record holder and Rod winning the 1953 Isle of Man 350cc title as well as GP titles in Europe

The late Barney McIntyre, who died in 1962, was a NZ hockey reserve, won a national club title, coached Wanganui women's softball sides to national club and inter-provincial titles, won a NZ veterans' tennis title and represented the city at a wide range of sports including hockey, rugby, tennis, athletics and wrestling.

He was born in 1898, was a sports fanatic, and was the main driving force for his five children, who all excelled in various sports.

His wife Annie (born in 1901 and died in 1980) took a keen and active interest in the wide range of sports the family was involved in and only started playing regular golf when her husband's playing days were curtailed because of a rugby injury.

She was a very competitive golfer, winning a NZ championship flight title and club division (handicap) titles at Belmont. She was so consistent and accurate with her fairway play that she was nicknamed Fairway Fanny by fellow golfers.

Oldest of the children, Joan (born in 1923), was also a fine golfer, winning various titles including the Castlecliff senior championship in 1975.

She was also a class softball (baseball as it was then called) player and was on second base for the Hinemoa team that won the New Zealand Dustin Cup inter-club titles in 1940 and 1946.

Joan was also in the Wanganui softball team that won the national inter-provincial softball championship in 1942.

Neville McIntyre (born in 1924), who died this year, represented New Zealand at hockey in Australia in 1950.

He was the top-graded hockey umpire in the country at one stage and was a long-time Wanganui hockey representative and champion club player with Rangers.

Neville, who also played golf and lawn bowls, was a Wanganui club and representative tennis player who won club, residential and open titles.

His son Alan, already in the Wanganui (and Wellington Hall of Fame and also in the NZ Hall of Fame), was New Zealand's youngest hockey international at the age of 15 while still at Wanganui High School, played at the 1968 Montreal Olympic Games and won an Olympic gold in 1976.

He was also an A grade golfer and represented Wanganui at hockey and tennis, winning Wanganui club, residential and open tennis titles.

His sister Deryn Northcott was also a good tennis player and became a NZ Masters Games 5km and 10km walking champion.

Mary Laugesen (born 1915), the third oldest in the family, won national honours in golf and softball.

She was NZ Women's Golfer of the Year (Marilyn Smith Trophy) in 1970, a member of two Manawatu-Wanganui national women's inter-provincial champion teams (1957-60) and winner of 19 open titles including nine Wanganui championships, 17 Belmont and six Castlecliff club finals.

Mary was chosen as pitcher of the NZ women's softball team for Australia in 1944-45 but the tour was called off because of the threat of a Japanese war invasion.

She was in Wanganui's NZ champion inter-provincial softball side in 1942 and in the NZ champion Hinemoa inter-club teams in 1940 and 1946.

Her son Bruce was a prominent Wanganui hockey rep who also played for the Canterbury University 1st XV rugby team.

Roy McIntyre (born 1933) was a North Island Minor Association hockey rep and an A grade national hockey umpire.

He was also a long-time Wanganui rep selector, coach and captain and won numerous Wanganui club championships with Rangers.

His stepson, the late Lewis Ting, was a Wanganui hockey and tennis representative.

Gordon McIntyre (born 1933) represented New Zealand against Pakistan in hockey in 1958 and also toured Australia with the NZ Country team in 1957.

He was also a North Island Minor Association hockey rep who played for Wanganui, Taranaki, Wellington and Hawke's Bay.

Gordon, who lives in Kerikeri, was unable to attend the hall of fame function because of illness. The former Wellington A grade pennant golfer still plays several rounds of golf a week despite an affliction.

The induction of the seven-strong McIntyre family into the Wanganui Hall of Fame as a family group last night recognised the wide-ranging international, national and local feats of a quite remarkable and talented Wanganui sporting family.

- WANGANUI CHRONICLE

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