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Our new Committee, as elected at the AGM on 28th January 2013, held their first meeting on the 19th February. As always at the beginning of a season there is a lot of work to plan and get through for the upcoming year. We have a very dedicated team and I look forward to steering them through the year as they carry out their various portfolios.
Time Freight has agreed to sponsor Midlands Squash again for 2013. In these tight economic times this enables us to keep our Winter League league fees much lower than any other province. The goodie bags and prizes were also a wonderful addition last year. A big thank you to Etienne Van Ravesteyn and his Time Freight team for their continued support. It is greatly appreciated.
Richard Knowles has also agreed to sponsor our Midlands Closed championships once again. Thank you Richard.
I would also like to thank Warwick Weedon for convening the Gill Weedon Spring League last year, Collegians Club for the 2013 Summer League and one day doubles tournament on the 09th March, Lynwood Club and Golf Club for the doubles tournament and all those clubs who organize internal summer leagues. Add the Inter - Provincials and I think we must have the most squash in a year than anywhere else in the country.
Your subscription for 2013 is R250-00 and is now due. This includes the SA Masters Squash levy of R60. This fee is not applicable to our honorary life members. Membership is open to anyone 35 years and older. All masters who pay their 2013 subscription by the 30th April 2013 will be entitled to free entry into the Hilton Masters Spring League should they elect to play. Please see the subscription form at the end of this letter for payment details.
The Reps meeting was held on Monday 25th February and 104 teams have been confirmed for 2013. The committee will decide on whether to allow Mooi River and Protea to enter a side each in the bottom leagues as they have not fulfilled the marking clinic requirements and therefore had a shortfall of 1 and 2 teams respectively. Our score cards will have a new look and will have an additional line to accommodate the 5 players in the Ladies A section. The area previously used for points will make way to allow more space for writing in players full names. This is not only a courtesy but also a requirement by Midlands Squash Union. Emailing in the scorecards to Rennisha has worked well and there is an official post box outside the Midlands office. The hosting policy remains the same. Please notify your opposition of your choice.
There are 16 men and woman players participating in our ladder tournament which started on Monday 25th February, and continues every Monday night, cumulating with the final being played on Monday the 18th March at Collegians courts. Everyone is invited to come and support our players, most of whom will play in our Jarvis and Kaplan teams.
MASTERS SOCIAL DOUBLES EVENING
This very enjoyable event will be held on Friday the 15th March 2013 starting at 5.30pm at Collegians. The cost is only R40 for paid up members and R65 for non-members. Please diarise it now. Bring your own meat for the braai and Midlands Squash will sponsor the balls, lights, charcoal, salads and bread rolls. Please contact Rennisha on 033-3422204 or at email@example.com should you be a Masters player and wish to participate. Rennisha will also be on hand that night should you wish to pay your 2013 Masters Squash subscription and entry fees, but please remember to bring the duly completed form, as provided at the end of this newsletter.
DAVE SHORT MASTERS INTERPROVINCIAL TOURNAMENT
The DSIPT committee had their first meeting for the 2013 tournament on the 20th February. The tournament will be held on the weekend of the 14th to 16th June 2013. Regretfully we have had to re-schedule the tournament again, from our traditional date, being the first weekend in June, for two reasons. Firstly the Comrades Marathon is being run on Sunday the 02nd June and this creates a huge problem with accommodation in Pietermaritzburg. Secondly there are now two rugby tests matches (Scotland vs Samoa at 3pm and SA vs Italy at 5pm) being played in Durban on Saturday afternoon, the 08th June. This left us with no alternative but to look at the following weekend. We are aware that Sunday the 16th June is a public holiday, which means Monday is also automatically a public holiday, but our thinking is that with the KZN and Gauteng schools breaking up on Friday the 21st June for the July holidays, that people will be less likely to go away over this weekend and that hopefully players will be happier to stay a little longer at the luncheon on Sunday afternoon, knowing that Monday is a public holiday, which they can spend with their families and have a day to recover!!!!!! Entries will be restricted to 250 players. The entry fee has been increased for the first time in three years, by R10-00 to only R400-00 for the entire weekend, which includes three squash matches, a squash shirt, three excellent functions and lots of fun. The rugby test between SA and Italy at 5pm on Saturday the 15th June, will be incorporated into the tournament as part of the entertainment, as has happened with other rugby test matches in previous years. Midlands will again be entering their own teams. Please enter as an individual and you will be placed into a team according to your ability. Entries for Midlands players only close on the 30th April 2013. Should you wish to play please advise Rennisha on
033-3422204 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
TIME FREIGHT WINTER LEAGUE
This starts on the 10th April and ends on the 19th September. There will be no squash during the week of the Midlands Closed Championships and during the Masters Singles IPT tournament in East London. Team names and club ladders have to be submitted to the MSU office by the 29th March 2013. Club Reps will be receiving your court usage charts soon as we need to get the fixtures off to the printers to have the hand books ready just after the Easter Weekend. A total of 105 teams have entered this year.
MASTERS IPT SOCIAL
A social evening and braai for all those playing in the Singles and Doubles IPT’s will be held on Friday, 16th August at Collegians. Bring your own meat for the braai and Midlands Squash will sponsor the balls, lights, charcoal, salads and bread rolls. The entry fee is R40-00
MASTERS SINGLES INTER PROV
This is being held in Pretoria from the 6th to the 12th of September, including travelling time. We are asking for a deposit of R1000 to cover the entry fee and this must be paid by 30 April 2013 in order to comply with the organizer’s deadlines. Accommodation has already provisionally been booked at the Garden Court Hotel in Hatfield. This will be a bit more expensive than last year as accommodation in Pretoria is notoriously costly. For more details or should you wish to play please contact the convenor, Gail Howes (0827838034), or advise Rennisha on 033-3422204 or at email@example.com
MASTERS DOUBLES INTER PROV
It’s a big year for this tournament as it reaches its 10th Anniversary with growing popularity. This will be in the town where it originated – East London, from the 6th to 10th November. A deposit of R700.00 needs to be paid by the 30 June 2013 to secure your place in this tournament. Accommodation has been provisionally booked at the Garden Court, where we stayed in 2012 for the Masters Singles IPT.
REALISE ACADEMIES MIDLANDS CLOSED CHAMPIONSHIPS
This will be held from the 12th to the 16th of May after which the Jarvis and Kaplan Cup teams will be announced. We hope to better our 104 players from last year and or aim is to have a full E section with 16 players and not 8 players, as was the case last year. There is no league during this week so why not enter and play - who knows you could win a prize? As with last year there will be a men’s A, B, C, D & E section and a ladies A & B section. The entry fee is still to be finalised but you are guaranteed at least 3 games during that week. Fixtures will be played at various venues and all the playoffs will be played at Collegians on the Wednesday night, as this will increase the camaraderie amongst the players and sections and will be followed that evening by a braai - bring your own meat and Midlands Squash will provide the charcoal, salads and bread rolls. The men and ladies A & B section finals will be played on the Thursday evening followed by the prize giving for all the sections and a cocktail party. The entry forms will be available soon or please contact Rennisha on 033-342204 or at firstname.lastname@example.org should you wish to enter. I would also like to thank Richard Knowles of Realise Academies for sponsoring this tournament once again.
JARVIS KAPLAN CUP
This will be held in Port Elizabeth from the 8th July to the 13th. This is one of our biggest expenses in our budget and is the highlight of the Squash Calendar. Please support our players in their fund raising efforts.
MASTERS SPRING LEAGUE
It was decided at our meeting that we would continue to use the Hilton College courts. This runs from the 14th October to 25th November. Free entry to paid up Masters members and R120 for non masters members. The new format of having singles and doubles has seen an increase in numbers for this tournament. Prizegiving will be held at the Fleur-de-Lys Club again.
We are again in conjunction with KZN Squash and KZN Masters Squash holding the Inter Town Squash tournament at Westville Squash courts on Saturday the 06th April 2013 from 12 midday to 5pm. This tournament has been revitalized and has created a bond between KZN and ourselves. This year is going to be the year of the Durban carrot. You can either play singles or doubles squash and the cost is R20-00 per player which includes court hire, lights, balls and supper afterwards. We are looking for 50 players and should you be interested in playing please advise Rennisha on 033-3422204 or at email@example.com Get your names in - Andy Bone needs you!
MARKING / REFEREEING AND DEVELOPMENT
This year we are hoping to get a road show on the go. A date will be set for each club where a team from Midlands will come to your courts to carry out a Marking Clinic and Development. We are hoping to introduce a least 10 new members per club to the sport. This can be of any age, sex or colour, but let’s get people playing squash. Watch this space.
Bongani Khumalo has already got a group of children from the SOS village coming to him. A big thank you to the Midlands Squash Fraternity who donated kits, racquets and balls. Bongani was totally overwhelmed by your generosity.
Thank you to Angelos Christodoulou and ACCPICK for sponsoring our Web site once again and to Rennisha for keeping if updated. For all information, winter league fixtures, newsletters etc. click on www.midlandssquash.co.za. Please take note that there are a lot of deadlines for Interprov entries so act now.
When in doubt contact our office between the hours of 8:30am to 12:30pm. All correspondence and emails to please be sent to the above address on our letterhead. Monies must be deposited into our bank account and your name recorded under the reference. The deposit slip and duly completed form attached to this newsletter must be faxed to the MSU office on 0865432954 or scanned and emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org Please return your duly completed form to Rennisha and pay your subs and other entry fees into our banking account as soon as possible.
Our banking details are as follows:
Name: MIDLANDS SQUASH UNION
Branch Code: 134025 (HAYFIELDS)
Account Number: 1340539993
Reference: YOUR NAME + BRIEF ANNOTATION
We look forward to your participation in our tournaments, or failing which it would be great to see you supporting and watching Midlands Squash at these events.
Yours in Squash
Chairperson – Midlands Squash