Fifty years ago: The day Ian Ormond scored a hat-trick in his New Zealand debut

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Half a century has passed since one of New Zealand’s most talented footballers scored a hat-trick in his international debut.

On September 17, 1972, Blockhouse Bay winger Ian Ormond pulled on the New Zealand shirt for the first time, playing against New Caledonia in an international fixture at Wellington’s Basin Reserve.

Ormond, just turned 23, dazzled with a hat-trick in the 4-1 win.

Though Ormond played only 10 times for New Zealand, he was widely regarded as one of the most talented players of his generation when tributes followed his death in October 2021.

Main photo: Ian Ormond in a rare appearance for the Auckland representative side against Indonesia at Newmarket Park, Auckland, in 1975. Photo: Dave Barker.

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The New Zealand team that played New Caledonia included four who won New Zealand Player of the Year awards — Ormond (1972), Maurice Tillotson (1973), Brian Turner (1974, 1979, 1980) and Tony Sibley (1978).

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Game played on Saturday September 17, 2022

New Zealand 4 (Ian Ormond 3, Alan Vest)
New Caledonia 1 (Wayewol)

New Zealand team

John Morris, Tony Sibley, Ian Hastie, Malcolm Ferguson, Maurice Tillotson, Brian Turner (Paul Cameron), Alan Vest (captain), Dave Taylor (Geoff Brand), Ian Ormond, Alan Marley, Dennis Tindall.

Match programme

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Photo: Ormond leaves a trail of defenders as he lines up a shot for Auckland against Indonesia at Newmarket Park in 1975. Image: Dave Barker.

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