Waimea Old Boys
9th May 1979
It is with regret that I inform you all that Carl Thelin passed away on July 26th 2017 after being involved in a road accident along with his wife Susan on July 18th 2017.
Carl was a Life Member of our Club and his association stems back many years.
Carls Coaching career started in 1966, and being appointed the Senior Coach went onto win the Nelson Championship that same year.
Carl coached again over a period of nine years winning the inaugural Nelson Bays Championship in 1970. After coaching the Senior team in 1971 Carl went on to coach Nelson Bays for 4 years. He returned in 1976 to again coach the Senior Team along with Ronnie Tasker and in 1977 & 1978 won back to back Championships.
During the 1976 & 1977 seasons Carl was heavily involved in the construction of new Changing Rooms (now the Visitors Changing Rooms) and the upstairs lounge. Carls famous Fordson Tractor come concrete mixer made life a lot easier than mixing by hand. Carl was ably assisted by members of the Senior Team and others in lower grades who turned up on Saturday Mornings, poured concrete, hammered nails and then fronted on Saturday afternoon to represent our club. True Club Members.
The Senior Team in this era was a great team, playing 28 games without a loss, that loss being against the visiting Manurewa team from Counties which contained several Maori All Blacks including Mac McCallion, Warren Mclean, John Hughes and Pat Yates.
Members of the Manurewa team had returned from a Counties Ranfurly shield challenge against Canterbury the previous week.
I personally believe with all due respect to other coaches that Carl along with Ronnie Tasker, rate amongst our coaches over the years, as great coaches, proven by their success and the team they coached would rate amongst the best Waimea teams ever.
His preseason training runs were memorable for one thing and one thing only. Fitness. Players who trained under Carl will not forget the number of laps they completed of the entire Jubilee Park Complex, including the soccer field, twice a week for 90 minutes, as Carl insisted fitness wins games and his record spoke for itself.
A rugby game was 80 minutes and that was how long you needed to run for, with an extra 10 minutes thrown in just in case. I never lasted the distance, although other Senior players used to edge me on to leave first so they could follow shortly after. A rugby ball was nowhere to be seen for at least the first 6 weeks.
He later took up refereeing and many Waimea teams played under his whistle, and because of his link to Waimea we probably were dealt with a bit harsher.
Carl will always be part of our Clubs history no matter what and a plaque adorns the wall of our upstairs lounge acknowledging Carls work in the building of the visitors Changing rooms and upstairs lounge
I spent time with Carl at Daffodil House, some 6 years ago when we were both undergoing treatment for Prostate Cancer and Carl and I spent some memorable occasions out at the entrance on Papanui Road reminiscing about Waimea, Rugby and his company when building bridges throughout the district.
Carl was fighter right to the end. A few years ago, time was called on Carl but he denied that and went onto discover he had been given the wrong diagnosis.
Susan is also still recovering and Waimea Old Boys wish Susan all the best and a speedy recovery.
I have conveyed my condolences and that of the Club, be it via voice message to David and through Carls brother Errol.
There will be many Club Members Players and supporters alike who will be saddened by this news but his memory will live on
Waimea Old Boys are indebted to Carl and Susan for their support of Waimea Old Boys and our thoughts are with Susan and Family.
Our Sincere condolences to all the family.
A Celebration of Carl’s life will be held at the Headingly Centre, Headingly Lane, Richmond, on Friday 11th August. 2017 at 1.00pm. I am sure that many many Waimea Old Boys members will turn out to bid Carl farewell, and many stories will be told about a legend of our club.
Messages to 201 Eden’s Road, RD1, Richmond.