RIP – Ian Hastie
Former New Zealand international Ian Hastie has died in Auckland.
Hastie, who was in his late 60s, played six times as a central defender for New Zealand and made more than 60 National League appearances in the successful Mt Wellington club team of the early 1970s.
He scored his only international goal on his New Zealand debut, a 4-2 loss to New Caledonia in July 1971. His final appearance was in a 1-1 draw with Indonesia in late 1972.
Hastie moved to Australia to play semi-professional football but soon became passionate about greyhound racing which he began to follow.
He returned to New Zealand in the mid-1970s and to retired from all football while still in his 20s to take up a career as a racing greyhound trainer.
He became a successful trainer and breeder, producing many winners in Australia and New Zealand, including the dog Rummo which was admitted to the NZ Greyhound Racing Hall of Fame.
Hastie died suddenly on July 31, 2018, and his funeral was planned to be held at his Waiau Pa home, south of Auckland, at 11am on Tuesday August 7.
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Friends of Football sends its condolences to Ian Hastie’s wife Wendy, his son Scott and partner Tracey, and extended family.