Mark Donnelly (Chairman)
I have been playing senior cricket for 26 years and have played at least one season at every club level.
I served as a board member of the Hamilton Star University Cricket Club for 12 years, and I am a life member of that club.
I am a recipient of the Margaret Nicholson Long Service award from Waikato University and in 2014 was recognized 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 honored to be elected as Chairperson.
As chair, 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, including combined senior competitions with WVCA, the Jansen Park facility, new Junior formats and improved social media.
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 over 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.
Hamilton Cricket has been a big part of my life for the last 28 years.
I played my first representative game for Hamilton in the under 14 grade, I went on to represent Hamilton in all other age groups and then into the Men’s Representative team.
I played over 100 games for the Men’s Representative team from 1995-2008. In the time I played for Hamilton I was lucky to have won the Fergus Hickey Competition, The Brian Dunning Cup and most importantly the Hawke Cup.
I captained the Hamilton Men’s Representative team from 1999 to 2008, in this period we won each competition and defended the Hawke Cup for an entire season. With my time as captain I would also assist selectors and coaches with selections of the team.
After my playing days were finished I coached the Hamilton Men’s Representative team from 2009 to 2013. During my time as coach we had two Hawke Cup challenges and successfully defended the Hawke Cup for an entire season.
Hamilton Cricket has been a part of my life for as long as I can remember, I have stepped back from my roles within cricket for the last 4 years but would now like to have input and help Hamilton Cricket become the best Minor Association in New Zealand.
I have been involved in cricket all my life and came to New Zealand in 2003 and played my first game in the same month of being welcomed to New Zealand.
After the first year our team known as the Waikato Punjabi’s were invited to play in the Waikato Valley Competition for which we competed through to 2011.
We then joined the Old Boys club in 2012 where we started at B grade and after 2 years were promoted to A grade and have remained in that grade for the last 3 years.
The team nominated me as captain in 2006 and I have led the team ever since.
Throughout my time in New Zealand I have been supporting and organising cricket events within the Indian Community as cricket and the people involved are a big part of
my life and the passion for both is heavily engrained in me. This has involved organising events in various parts of the country from Auckland to Wellington.
With this experience and the amount of people and diverse cultures I have been privileged to be involved with I believe I would benefit the Hamilton Cricket organization.
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Although not a cricket player, my daughter has played from age 5 at school and club level – Southwell Boys 1st X1, St Peters Boys colts; Melville Club and the Combined Girls Secondary School teams. She has also represented Hamilton in the under 15, Secondary school and Women’s teams and Northern Districts under 15, 18 and 21, Women’s Northern Premier League and is in the Northern Districts Emerging Spirit Development programme. I am therefore definitely a cricket mum and understand the challenges facing girls and women wanting to play cricket.
I would like to contribute to the success of Hamilton Cricket and bring my various skills and experience to the Board. I am a Chartered Member-Institute of Directors, bring both governance and senior leadership experience particularly in Human Resources/Change Management and in the volunteer/community sector.
Currently I manage Braemar Charitable Trust, am acting Chair of Hospice Waikato and the NZ dietitians Board. I am a member of the Waikato Lottery Community Committee and am on the Board of Community Living Trust. Over the last year I was team manager for the St Peters Senior Premier Girls Basketball team and as past President of the St Peters Swimming Academy I have sports governance experience so understand the challenges (and opportunities) facing sports organizations-to grow participation by continuing to be relevant to players at all levels, at the same time creating a high-performance culture.
My love for cricket started in the 1980’s in Sri Lanka, I have been passionate about the game ever since, I have played at all age levels and played Division One Cricket in Sri Lanka and also played Club Cricket in England, Australia and New Zealand. I am also on the Board of the Melville Cricket Club and played for them in Senior levels in Premiers and Senior A. I would like to add value to the HCA and serve the game. My son Ravi Pathirana has represented NDCA at the junior level and he is currently with CDCA senior teams. I would love to see cricket rise in popularity again and share my leadership qualities, skills and knowledge to the game where ever I can.
I have had a life-long interest in cricket, with a particular focus on junior cricket over the past 11 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 2000’s until 2011.
I started becoming involved in junior cricket in the mid 2000’s 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 X1 for the last 3 years. I have been a selector and manager of Hamilton Primary Schools representative teams in 2014 and 2016. I was a selector/manager of junior secondary boys 2017.
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. I have held positions as the coordinator of the cricket committee and more recently involved in the Development group and head the Jansen Park project.