Nelson Cricket Association
Board & History

NCA Board of Directors



Innovator / Entrepreneur

Nettles has built several businesses from start-up that have become integral in their respective sectors. Conquest Training has evolved over several years to become a conduit between private companies and the Government’s workplace literacy and numeracy initiative. Conquest is now a multi- disciplinary company involved in all professional upskilling throughout New Zealand.

Nettles advises senior management around process, procedures and performance. She has a special interest in strategy, brand development and governance. Nettles is an involved Director of Conquest Training, L and M Chambers, Blunt, Quality NZ, New Zealand International Economic Advisory Service, JFC Limited, Hortus Group, and Arinui Group – leading change where necessary to ensure the entities operate at the cutting edge in their respective sectors. In addition, Nettles also holds governance positions on several charitable Boards within the Canterbury region.



Honorary Vice Presidents

  • Gordon Davidson

  • Wayne Martin

  • Richard Hayward

  • Lee Smith

  • Craig Ingham

  • Ray Wilson

  • Vern Mardon

Honorary Life Members

  • Ian Hampton

  • Tony Pratt

  • Ian Leggat

  • Jeff Rackley

  • Kevin Leonard

  • Jock Sutherland


Nelson Marlborough Audit Ltd

Honorary Solicitor

Jock Sutherland


Nelson has a rich cricket history. Cricket was first reported as being played in Nelson in the Nelson Examiner in March 1844, in a match between the Surveyors of the Land Company and Nelson.

As a representative team Nelson played interprovincial cricket as early as 1862, later first playing first-class cricket in the 1873-74 season against Wellington, becoming the fifth team to play first-class cricket in New Zealand.

Nelson played 17 times in first-class cricket, winning nine and losing seven, and played their last first-class match in 1891.
In 1922 the Newman Shield was presented by Tom Newman of Newman Brothers for competition between Nelson City, Waimea, Tapawera, Midlands (Murchison), Motueka, Takaka, Marlborough Country and Marlborough Town.

Today Nelson competes in the Hawke Cup, which is a trophy competed for between the District Associations (DA’s) in New Zealand. Nelson is one of seven DA’s that feed in to the Central Districts Major Association (MA).

Nelson has a rich Hawke Cup history, winning the Cup several times, and holds the record for the longest period defending the title, a 28-match streak from December 1958 to February 1965.

Nelson’s 14-match Hawke Cup tenure from February 1979 to February 1983 represented another indelible chapter in local cricketing history.

In the 2018/19 season the Nelson Griffins successfully challenged Southland to once again bring the Trophy back to the top of the south. Congratulations to the coaches, management, team and everyone involved in such a big highlight for the Nelson Cricket Community.