President’s Report 2013

ACT MASTERS SQUASH INC

 

PRESIDENT’S REPORT

 

Welcome

Firstly I would like to welcome everyone to the 2013 Annual General Meeting.

Competitions

The Monday and Wednesday night competitions are running smoothly.  The summer competition has seen numbers remain steady, although we do have a number of new players on board which is very pleasing to see and a special welcome to them.  I hope you will continue to enjoy masters.

We held our first Open Day in December at the Weston Creek Courts – unfortunately we only had two new players turn up and I am pleased to see they are playing in the current competition.  Thanks to those committee members who organised and ran it.

I will leave it to our Treasurer, Ron Smith, to give a run down of our financial position in his report.

Australian Championships – Adelaide

Some 40 players travelled to Adelaide for the 2012 Australian Masters Squash Championships.  It got off to a very bad start, with a fire at the courts the day before the championships were due to start which destroyed all the players ‘goody bags’.  Fortunately there was no damage to the courts, although the strong smell of smoke hung around throughout the 2 weeks.  We have a number of Australian champions, (Dennis Mettam O/65 Div 2, Debbie Sims O/60 Div 4, Rhonda Fry O/55 Div 4) and interstate team series winners (Martin Shannon, Julie Medway and David Baussmann – Division 11 and Tania Hancock, Vicki Caban and Lynda Hancock –Division 16).  The functions were very good, particularly the Wrinkly’s Revue in which the ACT were by far the star act.  Thanks to all those whose were in the revue and particularly to Sue Parker and Vicki Caban who came up with the idea and organising it.  I look forward to another stunning performance from the ACT this year.

Bega Challenge

It is with sorrow that I have to report that ACT was comprehensively defeated in the annual Bega Challenge held in November.  We did have a couple of star performers, Jim Foley and Wayne Bell.  Bega did have an unfair advantage  – considerably younger because Mick Haigh brought his 4 sons with him.  Despite being thrashed, a good time was had by all, particularly at Rose Cottage on Saturday night.  Richard Horlock and myself provided breakfast on the Sunday morning to a number of seedy players.  Once again thanks to all who put the Challenge together and made it such a success and to Richard for providing the raffle prizes.  We look forward to exacting our revenge this year and bringing the Rashes home.

March Tournament

The March Tournament was very successful with some 140 entries – a little down on past years but still respectable.  We had a number of top players participating, including Geoff Bond, Howie Jones, Shane Gurney and Tony Whackett (a current Australian champion) with an entertaining exhibition match between Geoff Bond and Tim Manning.  We have a number of ACT Champions, including Howie Jones (Open), Shane Gurney (Division 1), Alex Swalling (Division 2), Mark Young (Division 3), Brian Dunkley (Division 5) and Geoff Coggins (Division 8).  In the Womens it was almost a clean sweep by the ACT with the following winners – Clare Maunder (Division 1), Tania Hancock (Division 3), Claudia Krebs (Division 4), Linda Barich (Division 5) and Penny Neuendorf (Division 6).  A big thank you to Ron Smith, the Tournament Director, and his band of helpers who ensured the tournament ran smoothly.

This year saw the presentation of the inaugural Keith Jones Memorial Award to Lyn Dunmore for her contribution to Masters squash.  Keith passed away in 2012 from cancer.  He was a long term committee member and continued to contribute to Masters squash even when he stepped down from the Committee.  The Committee resolved to establish a memorial award to recognise the contribution Keith had made to Masters over a very lengthy period of time.  He was a gentleman both on and off the court.

Lyn, as you know, was the Competition Secretary for many years.  She, together with Alan Martin, ran the control desk at Weston Creek during the Tournament.  We were honoured to have Keith’s widow, Judy and their two daughters (Kerry and Lauren) present the Award.

2013 Australian Masters Squash Championshps

As you know the ACT is playing host to not only the Australian Masters Squash Championship but the Trans Tasman Test Series in September.  Arrangements are well underway with all courts and social venues booked.  We are fortunate enough to have Rolfe Mazda our the naming sponsor with Alucom the other major sponsor and a number of other smaller sponsors.  The budget is tight but we are endeavouring to break even at the end and even hopeful of a small profit.  The sub-committee is working tirelessly to ensure it will be the best Australians so far.   We are currently neogitating with Squash ACT on a number of issues and hopeful of a good outcome.  We have some stunning social venues to look forward to, including the Australian War Memorial for the Interstate Teams Dinner Dance, the Deck at Regatta Point for the Welcome Function and the Hellenic and Southern Cross Clubs for the Wrinkly’s Revue and Individuals Dinner Dance respectively.  We expect anything up to 400 participants over the two weeks.  I urge you to play in the Championships, either the Individuals or Teams events – it is great fun and great comraderie amongst the players.  All levels of ability are catered for, so don’t think you will not be good enough the participate.  The Entry Form will be available soon and keep an eye on our website for information.

We will also be looking for volunteers during the Championships as there will lots of odd jobs to do.  If you have some spare time and would like to help out please let our Secretary know.

Trans Tasman Test

In addition to the Championships, the ACT will host the Trans Tasman Test Series between Australia and New Zealand.  You will see the top players in the 35-60 age groups compete against one another.  There are 3 tests, with the first being held on Friday, 30 August at the Woden Squash Courts.  The New Zealand Test Team will also be competing in the Individuals.  Come along and watch and support the Australians to bring the Vic Belsham Trophy back to Australia.

Matches and Despatches

On a sad note, ACT Masters lost two long time and well respected players in 2012, Keith Jones who I have already spoken about and Ken Thompson (who played in the late 80s/early 90s).  Ken was also a gentleman on and off the court.  He was brother-in-law to Heather Mackay who played Masters around the same time.

A very happy occasion this year was my marriage to Vicki.

Thanks

Finally, I would like to personally thank the Committee (Ron, Sue, Debbie, Lynda, Tania, Geoff, Penny, Linda Barich, Linda and Martin Shannon) for their support and hard work during the past year in bringing together the 3 competitions and all the social functions.  We have a very busy year ahead us and we look forward to the challenges.

 

Scott Caban

President