Mark Donnelly (Chairman)
I have been playing senior cricket for 25 years, and have played at least one season at every club level.
For the past 12 years, I was a Board member of Hamilton Star University Cricket Club of which I am a life member. Over that period of time, we have made great strides in the development of the club.
I am a recipient of the Margaret Nicholson Long Service award from Waikato University and in 2014 was recognised by Sport Waikato for services to sport.
Since 2012 I have served as an HCA board member. In 2014/15 I was convener of the business-subcommittee, and in 2015/16 I was elected Chairman of the Board.
As chairman, I have overseen an effective board and together we have started or restarted a number of initiatives that we think will get Hamilton Cricket back to its best.
In my professional life I work in business improvement, with skills in strategic planning, project management and IT. It is these skills, along with my cricketing experience that I believe allow me to contribute to the Board of the HCA.
I have played cricket in Hamilton since I was 5 years old. I started playing for the Hamilton Junior Cricket Club teams and continued from there with Maeroa Intermediate and from there Fraser High school. I have also played a lot of Hamilton Representative Age group cricket as well as ND Tournaments.
While at Fraser High I aligned with the Te Rapa Cricket Club and commenced there with Senior B cricket. I progressed through the grades to Premier cricket.
I have played club cricket for approximately 20 years and enjoyed a lot of success winning numerous Howden Cup titles. I have also captained teams for a large portion of that time.
With the dissolution of Te Rapa I moved to Fraser Tech and have captained the Premier team and have played in a few Howden Cup finals.
I have more recently been player/coach at Fraser Tech and been helping out with younger player development.
I have represented both Hamilton in the A and B grades and also captained Hamilton B for a number of years.
I am a current member of the Fraser Tech Committee and am committed to keeping the club successful.
As a current member of the HCA, I am passionate about cricket and hope to have Hamilton Cricket in a strong position both on and off the field.
My cricket career started when I was five and I represented HJC through the age groups. My club career was with Fraser Tech from 1996 to 2005, with a few more games in 2013.
I represented Hamilton from 1996 to 2005, which was probably the most enjoyable time of my cricketing career. I made my debut for Northern Districts in 2001 in one dayers and my first class debut in 2004.
From 2005 to 2012 I lived in the UK working and playing cricket. The highlight of my career in UK was winning the National club 20/20 competition in 2010. I am also a member of the MCC and was fortunate enough to play three games at Lords.
Upon return from the UK I am now a partner in an Insurance Broking firm in Hamilton.
I have just finished my first year on the Board and am excited with what we have achieved this year. I am seeking reappointment to continue to be part of a board that is helping Hamilton Cricket to get back to where it should be.
Have played cricket in Hamilton since age group and played some age group cricket, continuing through HBHS to 1st XI and from there to the Old Boys Cricket Club whom I still play for.
Have performed various roles for the club over many years including Chairman and Club Captain. Am a Life Member of the Old Boys Cricket Club.
First played representative cricket for Hamilton in the 1986-87 season and played my last match in the 2004-05 season. Played 42 games over 18 seasons.
Served on the Hamilton Cricket Association from 2000 to 2015 and was a selector from 2002 to 2015.
I enjoy my involvement with cricket and wish to continue to serve the game.
Having grown up in a rural community, cricket featured heavily in my youth where I represented Thames Valley at various age group levels. A period away from the game as a player to pursue other sports didn’t dampen my enthusiasm for the great game and I remained an avid supporter of all levels of cricket.
More recently I have been involved as a selector for the Hamilton Primary Schools team and as coach of the Marian School and Saint United sides in the local Intermediate 1st XI competition.
Having played competitive sport across a number of codes to representative level, my focus now is on the development of youth, in particular general athletic development that crosses all sports.
I have experience in the governance of sporting bodies, most recently as a Director of the Waikato Racing Club and am currently the Deputy Chairman of the St Johns College Board of Trustees.
In my professional life I manage a team of highly motivated Bankers across the Central North Island region.
Having two sons who have both represented Hamilton at cricket, I am passionate about providing the best opportunities for our young players and developing strategies for keeping them in the game, this is why I seek appointment to the board of Hamilton Cricket.
Like most people on, or nominated for the Board, I have been playing cricket in Hamilton for over 20 years. I am a current board member and life member of HSUCC, and have been on the board for over 10 years.
I was elected in 2015 to the HCA board, and I am convener of the business sub-committee. I have enjoyed my roles and wish to continue to represent Hamilton Cricket at Board level.
I am currently a company director and board member of a private company, and have attended the Institute of Directors courses on Governance and Finance.
I have had a life-long interest in cricket, with a particular focus on junior cricket over the past 10 years.
My playing history included some premier grade cricket for North Shore, Auckland, in the late 1980’s, along with selection in various school age group Auckland and North Harbour teams. In recent times I played 15 years for Suburbs Senior C, most of it as captain and team organizer.
I was on the Suburbs senior club cricket committee for about 10 years form the early 2000s until 2011.
I started becoming involved in junior cricket in the mid 2000s after my two sons showed an interest in the sport.
I have obtained a level 1 coaching certificate and have been involved in coaching, managing, selecting and administering cricket teams at both Hukanui Primary school and Fairfield Intermediate school for many years. I have coached the latter school’s 1st XI for the last 3 years. I have assisted with coaching and managing the St Paul’s Collegiate Colts A team in 2016 occasionally as required. I have been a selector and manager of Hamilton Primary Schools representative teams in 2014 and 2015.
I started playing cricket at Kihikihi Primary School in the 1960’s. My cricketing career since then has been totally inauspicious, but my passion for the game has seen me involved in administration and management at a wide range of positions and levels. I still manage to play when teams are really short.
I have been a coach and administrator for the Melville Cricket Club since 2004. I have held the Secretary’s position since 2010.
I have been a member of the HCA Board from 2008 to the present, missing out the 2014-15 season.