Unfortunately last week Kaipaki Cricket Stalwart Ray O Connor passed away aged 58.
Ray was the backbone of Kaipaki Cricket for many years during the 70’s, 80’s and early 90’s. He managed and captained Kaipaki during some of the clubs most famous years. Kaipaki won many titles during his time at the club. Well before email, facebook and cell phones Ray was instrumental in fielding 4-5 teams most Saturday’s. The passion he had for his local community drove his actions and Kaipaki Cricket benefited from this greatly. I have attached a couple of articles and old score sheets that Ray sent to me recently. He was very proud of the fact that Kaipaki has been able to re build itself over the last couple of years. In his last email to me back in March he stated that Kaipaki’s success last summer “warmed the hearts of us ex Kaipaki cricketers”.
Between John Parker, myself and other Kaipaki cricketers of Ray’s era, we will agree on an initiative to honour Ray’s contribution to Kaipaki Cricket.