Workmates and team-mates, from left, Carig and Tom Ingham and Chris and Nick Trathen.

Workmates sons now team-mates

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Craig Ingham and Chris Trathen have been workmates and business partners for 15 years and now their sons Tom Ingham and Nick Trathen are team-mates after being named in this year’s Mike Pero Nelson Giants.

Tom, 23,  joined the side this season after playing for the Otago Nuggets while studying at Otago University while Nick, 19, made the jump to the Giants after showing potential as a development player last year.

Proud dads Craig and Chris say they are thrilled their sons have achieved their dream of  playing for the Giants although Craig thought that Tom was always going to be a cricketer.

A former Central Districts opening batsman, Craig coached Tom in the Waimea College First XI and Nelson age group teams and he showed enough promise to suggest he would follow in his father’s footsteps. Craig also concedes that he thought Tom may not be tall enough to make the grade as a basketballer until he started to shoot up and hit 1.9m in his last few years at school.

“I don’t know where he got his height from. When I was playing cricket we were known as the Nelson Gnomes, so that gives you an idea of how tall I am.

“But I guess Tom’s got a few tall uncles and he’s got their genes. He was a handy cricketer but he found his passion in basketball and it took over.

“He’d been picked up as a recruitment player for the Giants at a young age so he had a lot on and something had to give and it was cricket. I think it’s nice that it’s his own thing.”

In contrast, Nick, who is 2m tall, was always going to have the physical attributes to be a top basketballer with Chris standing at 1.934m.

“Nick’s got my height but I didn’t play basketball so he didn’t get anything else from me. It was all rugby for me but I reckon I would have been a bloody good basketballer,” Chris jokes.

However, Tom and Nick both say that their physical attributes wouldn’t have counted for anything without “amazing” coaches, like the late Greg Wright and former Giants captain Ed Book, at Waimea College.

And that’s the main reason why the two young Giants are stepping up and taking over the college’s basketball programme from their predecessors.

“There hasn’t been anyone permanent running the basketball at Waimea since Greg’s passing,” Tom says.

“There have been some parents who have stepped up and done a great job but we wanted to get something a bit more structured.

“I talked to Nick about it and  he was really keen being an Waimea College old boy. We both wanted to try and start something special at the college for the boys.

Tom says the coaching is “going really well so far with 25-30 kids coming in the mornings. It’s really exciting to see that there are kids who want to get better for a start and it’ll progress from there”.

Now that Tom and Nick are playing for the Giants, Craig and Chris, who own the Richmond-based company Not Just Concrete, are spending even more time together.

“We are both very proud of the boys and we love watching all the games,” Chris says.

“It’s great to see them have the opportunity to follow their passion and the Giants are pretty special team – they are Nelson’s team.”