• The Black Caps before taking the field against Sri Lanka at Saxton Oval, Jan 2015
  • Athletic College Old Boys celebrate winning the senior 50-over competition at Saxton Oval, Mar 2015
  • Action from junior cricket at Greenmeadows
  • Beach cricket festival.
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Chairman’s EOY Message


I would like to extend my thanks to you all for your contribution to NCA over the last 12 months. It has been another significant year for us with the near completion of the indoor centre, successful hosting of NZ A, and White Fern internationals, employment of a full time coach, implementation of the club hub ethos and review of our Strategic plan. We have welcomed Aldin Smith to the team from South Africa, and regrettably had to accept Martin Bryne’s resignation from the board. Thanks Marty for your input.

Aldin is well entrenched in Nelson with family now here. Coaching programmes are being developed and lots of team and “one on one” stuff being done.

To all of you who have served on special projects or just offered assistance, I thank you for giving freely of your time – as with most things in life you get a lot more back if you put something in. To plagiarise, and bastardise, the eloquent orator John Fitzgerald Kennedy “Ask not what NCA can do for you, ask what you can do for NCA”. Volunteers are frequently just taken for granted, but make significant contributions. Thanks to you all.

2017 promises to be another challenging and rewarding year. With all your enthusiasm and support we look forward to further growing NCA, as an organisation regarded as leaders in District Association cricket. We have a good international programme ahead, and it is our vision that we will always provide the top of the South with a menu of International and top quality cricket. The successful managing and utilisation of the soon to be officially opened indoor centre is a major focus for the new year.

Thanks to John Goodman, our president, who works with and beside the board. John is unwell at present and we wish him a speedy recovery.

Many thanks to our staff. David has once again made a great contribution to the direction and growth of the association. And thanks to Jon who has taken on the responsibility of managing cricket and the Club Hub process, very successfully. Having had a few months with us Aldin is certainly finding his feet, and making a real difference.

Finally thanks to the current and former members of the NCA Board who have served us all so well over the last 12 months. Without strong governance and the input from Kelvin Scoble, Nicky Grimes, Stephen Alder, Martin Bryne and Tony Pratt, NCA would not be in nearly as strong a position. This relates to financial position, player numbers, quality of facilities and events.

Wishing you and your families a safe and enjoyable Christmas and New Year. Hope to see many of you at Saxton Oval on the 29th and 31st of December, to support the Black Caps.

Best wishes

Rod Baxendine


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