2020 President’s Report

ACTMSA President’s Report 2019 / 2020

 

ACT Masters has enjoyed a good 12 months.  Our numbers declined markedly during the 2019 Winter competition, however with the onset of the warmer weather for the 2019 Spring competition, our numbers took an upturn with a number of new faces also joining our ranks.  I would like to warmly welcome all new players to the ACT Masters ranks.

August saw the usual contingent of Bega players make the trek up the hill for the annual Rashes tournament.  Pride was on the line for ACT players as we hadn’t won the coveted trophy for a number of years.  2019 was to be a turning point, with ACT coming home with an impressive win and the Rashes trophy now rightfully back where it belongs!  The focus is now on June 2020 and defending the trophy down in enemy territory.

September 2019 saw approximately 45 ACT Masters players head to the Gold Coast for the Australian Masters Squash Association Championships.  A great time was had by all at some excellent venues.  Unfortunately the trophy cabinet was somewhat bare by the end of the two weeks with the only win being a ring in New South Welshman (Aaron Matthes) taking out his age group and a couple of second places in the teams event.  Bring on October 2020 and Adelaide!

Our 2020 March tournament was an outstanding success once again.  Numbers were looking grim with only a week to go, however the entries flooded in, resulting in over 150 players for the tournament and 90 plus people for the dinner dance on the Saturday night.  ATC players took out a number of wins for the tournament and congratulations to all who placed in the event.  Putting on such an event is no small task and I must thank a number of people who were involved.  Ron Smith as the Tournament Director put in a lot of time to get the entries sorted, do the grading and making sure that the event ran smoothly.  Sue Parker for once again organising the Friday afternoon golf and bowls at Yowani as well as arranging the Saturday night dinner dance venue.  Jenny Moylan, Mike De Nardi and Linda Shannon for feeding the masses on both days of the tournament – everyone said that ACT puts on the best food of any tournament!  Virgina Buring, Lyn Dunmore, Lisa Grice, Alan Martin, Judi Martin and Sue Parker amongst others for the valuable contribution running the desks at Weston Creek and Woden.  Richard Horlock for his tireless work “selling” raffle tickets and his efforts on the BBQ along with Michael Barrett.  Finally, Heather Campbell for running around with a camera between her matches capturing all the happenings, on and off the court, as well as arranging all of the prizes.  Also contributing to the success of our March tournament and our domestic competitions are of course our sponsors.  Without them, ACT Masters would not be able to put on the quality competitions that we do and I encourage all Masters players to support them as they do us:

PS News – Frank Cassidy

Rolfe Mazda – Alex Swalling

Valley View Kitchens – Mick Bayley

Total Traction Services – Michael Barrett

The Real Estate Shop – Jeremy Redgrove

Robinson & McGuiness – Kevin Robinson

Bricklayer – Richard Horlock

Optimal Health and Performance – Antoinette Harmer

Blossoms of Chisolm – Tanya Hancock

Jims Fencing – Kevin Ford

As is now custom, the Keith Jones Memorial Award was presented at the Saturday night dinner dance.  This year’s recipient contributes so much to Masters Squash at so many different levels.  His commitment to ensuring ACT Masters is a viable, ongoing organisation is without question and I offer my deepest congratulations to Alan Martin.

In closing I would like to thank the ACTMSA committee.  Their hard work throughout the year ensures that our members can roll up on a Monday and Wednesday night and enjoy their squash.  Their efforts have ensured the ongoing success of Masters Squash in Canberra.

 

Scott Caban

President ACTMSA

04 March 2020