BORN JUNE 17TH 1947 IN AMSTERDAM NETHERLANDS, the son of Dick Groenteman, he immigrated with his family at the age of 4 to Sydney Australia. His father was a left-hander filling the left defense spot on the state team 14 times, twice as captain; president of the state association; and builder of the ice rinks at Newcastle, Narrabeen, Blacktown and the ice suface in Thebarton in Adelaide, South Australia. His younger brother Elliot played centre for Australia (1989), and his brother David was a defenseman who played for Australia in 1995 and also the Sydney Ice Dogs (2006) in the AIHL.
Like his father before him, he was a captain and coach of the Bombers and also playing coach of the first Newcastle North Stars in 1980-1. A former president of the state association and coach at the new Macquarie rink in Sydney in the early-1980s, he was a nourishing source of encouragement for the sport's pioneering women, players such as Wendy Ovenden. By 1986, he was able to tell The Age Good Weekend in Melbourne the sport is not exclusively male. "We have mixed teams up to the age of 14. After that, the girls have their own teams but they play against the boys' teams." He was the founder of the Macquarie Bears in 1981-2.
Coach of the national Development Council Skills School at Narrabeen, it was a job he said he would have liked to have done full-time. "Over the years, I've built up enough resources to come up with answers for them or suggestions sometimes even solutions." And that tended to continue on back at his Manly flat. "I may come home with a few officials. We often have teams visiting interstate and they have to be organised with managers, coaches, etc. There's a lot involved at times like this, arranging schedules and accommodation for the players. I spend a lot of time on Sundays flitting from one meeting to another."
He was a Goodall Cup champion on numerous occasions representing New South Wales (1970, 1980, 1981, 1985), and he represented Australia at the 1979 World Championships in Barcelona, scoring a goal and an assist. He played veteran hockey since the 1980s, visiting Europe twice a year on buying trips for his clothing import business, including his birthplace in the Netherlands.
Ross Carpenter, 'Mann, Ron (1947 - )', Legends of Australian Ice, Melbourne, Australia, http://icelegendsaustralia.com/legends-2/bio_mann-r.html, accessed online .
1. Ronald Mann ice hockey player by Cindy Daytes, The Age Good Weekend, July 18, 1986 p 94
2. The First Bombers: club captain Dick Groenteman, Ross Carpenter, Jan 2015. Online