SQUASH REPORT FOR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING APRIL 20th 2016
Over the past twelve months squash has just about continued to hold its own –certainly no better, probably slightly worse – and there is a hardcore of between 15 and 20 members who play regularly in the internal leagues with ten of these having represented the club in Norfolk League matches.
Income from court fees in 2015 was well down on the previous year (£3171 compared to £3716), probably the lowest it has ever been. It is worth noting that income is almost £7.5k less than it was at its peak in 1992.
On court, the club has had a reasonably satisfactory season fielding one team in the Norfolk Leagues. The team, under the captaincy of Martin Sanville, won five of their twelve matches and finished in fifth place in Division Three. (The new four player per team format for Divisions Two and Three did make team raising easier). Ten different players represented the club at least once during the season. Last summer the team finished in eighth place in Division Two,winning four of their fourteen matches, with eleven different players representing the club. We expect that we will again field just one team in the forthcoming 2016 Summer Leagues. Special thanks to Martin Sanville who has had a thankless job in getting a team together each week and ensuring that all fixtures were fulfilled.
Within the club Ed Crookenden joined the club in October and promptly won the club championship beating the veteran John Baker in straight games in the final . It was, however, a hugely successful year for John as he beat Gary Spruce 3-0 to retain his Veterans titleas well as retaining the Jeff Morris Memorial Trophy for Over 35s beating Martin Sanville 3-0 in a well contested final and then, in the annual handicap tournament he became the first player to win the title four times as, playing off a handicap of minus 8 he beat John Chandler 17-15 in the fifth.
Away from the club congratulations to John Chandler who reached the quarter finals of the Norfolk Over 60 and the semi-final of the Over 65 championships and special congratulations to Alex Van Blerk who won the Norfolk Under 13 title and was runner-up at Under 15 level.
Regular press coverage remains very good but we do need more players, especially younger ones, to play on a regular basis with the objective of forcing their way into the club teams. An ever increasing number of regulars are now drawing an Old Age Pension.
Having been nominated I am happy to continue as squash representative for a further year but will be more than happy to stand aside if anybody else would like to take on the role.
April 17th 2015