NZC Level 2 Coach
Neal grew up on Tamingi St in sunny Ruakaka. A student of One Tree Point Primary and then Bream Bay college, Neal played for Maungakaramea through all the age groups until he made his senior debut at the age of 11. Neal also represented Northland and Northern Districts in all age groups. In 1992 Neal became the youngest player to represent the Northland senior team at the age of 14. In 1997 he made his First Class debut for ND.
After 5 on and off seasons with ND, Neal moved to Wellington where he had 9 successful seasons. In 2011 he moved from Wellington to play for the Auckland Aces in what proved to be his last season playing First Class cricket. Neal then returned to Northland to take up a coaching role with the NCA and to also play and captain the Northland Men’s side.
As a coach Neal gained Level 2 in 2008 and has a wealth of experience through his player/coach roles in the UK. Neal has spent 12 summers in the UK where he has gained a fine reputation as not only a major run scorer but also a well organised and practical coach with high expectations
Helen Smith – Commercial Manager
Helen grew up in Auckland on the Shore spending most of her school days either in the dark room, on the netball court or in the swimming pool. She did her 7th form at Mt Aspiring College in Wanaka where they spent 3 days a week doing outdoor pursuits and during the winter this was 3 days up the mountain snowboarding!
From Wanaka she went to Otago Polytechnic where she studied for 2 years to obtain her City and Guilds Diploma in Travel and Tourism. She returned to Auckland and worked for a travel wholesaler and got the real buzz for traveling, spending time travelling through Australia & the Pacific Islands.
After getting married to Ross in 2005 on the beach at Waipu Cove, they moved to the South East coast of Kent in the UK. She worked for an insurance underwriter for 3 years and was then fortunate to be employed by Royal St. Georges Golf Club to manage all of the members ticketing requirements for the 2011 Open Championship. She then went over the fence to their neighbouring club, Prince’s Golf Club, where she worked in the golf sales office. They spent 9 years in Kent and returned to NZ in September 2014.
Helen has two children aged 13 and 9, they keep her on her toes! It was always a dream to move to beautiful Bream Bay at some point, she has very fond memories of this area and now for their children to grow up around here makes them feel extremely lucky to be living in such an amazing part of NZ! In their spare time Helen, Ross and the children like to walk in the bush, spend it on the beach and socialise with friends.
Current Northland Cricket Association Board Members 2021/22.
Brent Martin is a local chartered accountant and cricket fan. He has been involved with NCA in various roles as manager of the men’s first XI, pavilion sponsor, accounting advisor to NCA as well as associated cricket trusts and organisations, chair of the NCA finance committee and as a board member. Self described as an average but dedicated clubie and school cricketer, his sons now play the game.
Chris is General Manager at Far North Holdings the commercial arm of the Far North District Council. He has had careers in banking, finance, local government and now oversees the many operating and development interest of FHNL. Having lived in Kaitaia, Whangarei and Kerikeri he considers himself a true Northlander. He has attended both Whangarei Intermediate and Boys High and Kerikeri High Schools where he is currently also on the Board of Trustees. Chris is active in the maritime industry in New Zealand where he is Chairman of the New Zealand Marina Operators Association. Chris’s sporting interests were mainly in Rugby which he played for over 25 years and it was latter in life that he became involved in cricket playing Reserve grade cricket for Kerikeri – any very much now in retirement! He is a member of the Kerikeri Cricket Club Management Committee, is married with two kids one of which is actively playing cricket. Chris is passionate about the game and wants to see it grow in participation especially throughout the mid and upper areas of Northland.
Derek has a background in the commercial area at management and governance levels. Born and raised in Kaikohe, with a few years travelling and working in other parts, but back in Tai Tokerau since 1995. Involved in the Sports and Education areas, and especially interested in ensuring that all kids get a fair crack in environments that are positive and help develop good people. Has been coaching Junior cricket for a few years, and is interested in the game moving with the times, to ensure it remains attractive to all.