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- Southwell Boys 1st X1, St Peters Boys colts; Melville Club and 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 currently plays for Northern Spirit. I am therefore definitely a cricket mum and understand the challenges facing girls and women wanting to play cricket.
I am a Chartered Member of the 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 Deputy Chair of the Dietitians Board, on the Board of the Community Living Trust and a member of the Waikato Community Lotteries Committee. Previous roles have included Deputy Chair of Hospice Waikato, Team Manager of St Peters Senior Premier Girls Basketball team and 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, from social through to high-performance.
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.
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I am a sociologist whose work has focused on women in sport and physical activity in Aotearoa/New Zealand. I have completed both a Masters and PhD – both of which explored the recreational netball experiences of New Zealand women and issues of gender.
Following the completion of my doctoral studies in early 2016, I took up a lecturing position at the University of Waikato, whereby across the course of 2 years, I taught on subjects such as sport and gender, sport and disability, sport, race and ethnicity, and sport and the media. In 2017.
I joined Sport Waikato as the Participation Growth Advisor and Women and Girls Initiative Lead. My role focuses on growing participation in sport and physical activity of all kinds among women and girls via their targeted initiative This is ME®. I very much understand the numerous and complex challenges women and girls face in sport, physical activity and recreation, and through my academic expertise and practical knowledge, am committed to working in the governance space to grow the opportunities for females to feel valued, visible and included.
I am excited by the growth of women’s cricket and look forward to being part of the development of the game in the Hamilton District.