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Midlands Squash Union – Newsletter 1 for 2020
AGM -27th January,2020
Our new Committee, as elected at the AGM held on 27th January 2020, saw a few changes. The successful candidates, who were voted in at the AGM, will take full ownership of their portfolios.
As a result of the AGM I am pleased to announce the committee for 2020.
Chairperson – Rob Gouweloos
Vice Chairperson – Kay Meyrick
Treasurer – Trevor Fryer
League Secretary – Andrew Barnes
MSU Secretary – Rennisha Larkin
5 other Committee members:
May I also take this opportunity to thank Kim Gouweloos and Vikash Sharanund for their hard work on the committee during 2019 and wish them all the best. I am sure that their services will not be lost to Squash and that we will be able to call upon their experience and assistance in the future.
News FLASH… Hot off the press!!!!!
MASTERS SINGLES IPT – PIETERMARITZBURG – 14 to 18 May 2020
Co-ordinator – Gail Howes
Midlands will, for the first time ever, be hosting this event in 2020, and we want to get a huge entry in and show the other provinces that we can host an event like none other!
If you are 35 or older, and are interested in playing, please fill in the attached master’s Subs form and return it to Rennisha.
The committee is already hard at work putting this event together.
Anyone out there who would like to come on board with any sponsorship, however small (we need contents for the goodie bags as well) please contact our Fund-Raising Portfolio Manager – Kathy Jacob. (If not available communicate with Gail or Rennisha please!)
Get your registration on Sporty HQ done, everyone participating must be registered and paid up on Sporty HQ.
Advertsing: Two for the price of one!!!
We are currently preparing the tournament handbook, where advertising space is being sold at R500.00 for a full page or R250.00 for a half page advert. Please contact Rennisha with your Company details and logos, so she can include you in the IPT and Winter league handbook.
The REPS meeting was held on Monday the 10th of February 2020. It is very pleasing to see that we there are a total of 93 teams participating in winter league this year. Unfortunately, one less than last year as Cedara have not been able to submit a side this year. There are 67 teams in the combined league and 26 in the ladies’ league. All the leagues are very evenly subscribed, except for ladies A league, where there are currently 6 teams, with a possibility of a 7th side. VCC may be able to put another team into ladies A league.
Your subscription fee for 2020 is R420.00. This includes the SA Masters Squash levy of R125.00. Membership is open to anyone 35 years and older. All Masters whose subs are paid by the end of February will receive a free “goodie” (still to be finalized) this year.
Payment of your master’s subs also allows you free entry into the “Sunshine Bakery Masters Spring League” should you elect to play. This fee is not applicable to our honorary life members.
The proof of payment and duly completed master’s form attached to this newsletter must be emailed to the MSU office firstname.lastname@example.org
Our banking details are as follows:
Name: MIDLANDS SQUASH UNION
Branch Code: 134025 (HAYFIELDS)
Account Number: 1340539993
Reference: YOUR NAME
SQUASH SA REGISTRATION
There has been no increase from Squash SA on the registration fee for 2019. All players participating in any league or tournament are required to register with Squash SA at the cost of R 120.00 per annum. How to register and pay has been circulated to all Midlands Players, and most clubs will do a bulk registration, but you can register and pay individually if you choose to. If you are not sure how to register let Rennisha know and she will assist you.
ALL TOURNAMENT INFORMATION AND DATES
ROADSHOWS AND DEVELOPMENT
We will continue with our Development of Squash in the form of Road Shows which will be held during February and March. The development roadshows are proving to be very successful and enjoyed by all ages.
MASTERS SOCIAL DOUBLES – Co ordinator – Cameron Marion
This event was held on Friday 7th February at Collegians starting at 5.30pm. Entry was free for paid up masters’ members and R100 for non-members, and was a bring and Braai, with Midlands Squash sponsoring the balls, lights, charcoal, salads and bread rolls.
LADDER TOURNAMENT-Co ordinator - Mark Gouweloos
This will be held over one week from the 17th to the 21st of February and will be co- ordinated by Mark Gouweloos and his capable team. There is sure to be some great squash as we see the first big battle on the court for seeding on the Midlands ladder. All matches to be played at Collegians
INTERTOWN- Co-ordinator -Cameron Marion
The first Inter Town takes place on Saturday the 14th March in Durban and is open to all Midlands players. Rennisha has sent out the details and a reminder email will follow soon. It will be great to have some of our strong players participating. The second Inter Town is a master’s event and will take place later in the year in preparation for IPT Doubles. This is always a good measure for ours and KZN’s Doubles IPT sides prior to the Tournament.
PROFILE PROPERTY MIDLANDS CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIPS – Co ordinator - Mark Gouweloos
This will be held from Monday 1st-5th June 2020 at various squash courts in PMB under the watchful leadership of Mark Gouweloos and his willing team of
co-ordinators. There will be no league during this week. All plate finals will be played at Collegians on the Thursday night and the finals take place on Friday followed by the prize-giving and cocktail party, culminating in the announcement of our Growthpoint IPT teams. Entry Forms will be sent out via email and can be downloaded from the Midlands website.
PROFILE PROPERTY WINTER LEAGUE - League Secretary - Andrew Barnes
Profile Property has once again agreed to sponsor Midlands Squash for 2020. I would like to thank Garth Ware from Profile Property for his continued support of the Midlands Squash fraternity. The Reps meeting was held on the 10th February 2020 and a total of 93 teams have entered – 67 in the combined league and 26 in the ladies’ league.
Winter League commences on the 14th April and ends on the 16th September.
The hosting policy remains the same. Please be courteous and notify your opposition timeously if you are not staying for a meal.
It is compulsory that Juniors wear protective eye wear for all matches. This is a Squash SA rule. Results will be entered on SportyHQ and all players are encouraged to sign up to track results, logs and rankings. You can sign up by going onto the SportyHQ website www.sportyhq.com
Last year, the Men’s 1st league teams played the final fixtures at Collegians, this was extremely successful having all matches played at one venue and we will be doing the same this year.
Hand books will no longer be provided for winter league. All fixtures will be mailed to the Clubs in PDF format and will also be available on the MSU website. Advertising is still very welcome and will form part of the PDF document for winter league
GROWTH POINT IPT – Co ordinator – Mark Gouweloos
This will be held in East London from the 21th to 26th June ,2020. This is a highlight of the Squash Calendar. Our Growthpoint candidates have been hard at training doing a specific conditioning program under the watchful eye of Chandelle Gouweloos. We are very hopeful that we will once again be able to send a ladies’ team to IPT this year. Tristan and Josh will both be returning this year to play in the Men’s A Team.
NB: It must be noted that a Province only qualifies to send a team to The Growthpoint IPT if all winter league players are registered on sporty HQ.
MASTERS DAVE SHORT IPT – Co ordinator – Andrew Pratt
This prestigious tournament will be co ordinated by our very capable Andrew Pratt and his team of willing assistants.
The dates for the 33rd Dave Short Masters IPT are from Friday the 4th to 6th September 2020. The date change is as a result of Midlands hosting IPT singles in PMB this year from the 4th to 6th September. The entry fee will probably be around R600.00. All the functions will be held at Collegians, ending with the ever-popular braai on the Sunday.
SUNSHSINE BAKERY MASTERS SPRING LEAGUE - Co Ordinator – Kay Meyrick
The move from Hilton College to Collegians was very successful and with the sponsorship from Sunshine bakery, bar facilities at the courts, good food from Collegians, we had a brilliant event. The league runs from the 5th October to 23rd November. The format of having singles and doubles has proven very successful and we intend keeping the format the same. To avoid disappointment in not getting a “slot” in this popular tournament, please pay your Masters’ subscriptions early, as members have first choice.
MASTERS DOUBLES IPT – Co ordinator – Kay Meyrick
2020 will see us all travelling to Port Elizabeth the 4th to 8th November. We will keep you all updated on tournament news once we receive it.
All correspondence and emails must please be sent to the address on our letterhead.
Any monies to be deposited into our bank account must be accompanied with your name as a reference.
We look forward to your participation in our tournaments, failing which it would be great to see you supporting and watching Midlands Squash at these events.
Yours in Squash
Midlands Squash Union