SQUASH REPORT FOR ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING APRIL 18th 2015
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 20 and 25 members who play regularly in the internal leagues with more than half of these having represented the club in Norfolk League matches.
Income from court fees in 2014 was well down on the previous year (£3716 compared to £5334), probably the lowest it has ever been. It is worth noting that income is some £7k less than it was at its peak in 1992.
On court, the club has had a reasonably satisfactory season despite only being able to field one team in the Norfolk Leagues. The team, under the captaincy of Martin Sanville, won four of their twelve matches and finished in sixth place in Division Three. No fewer than fifteen different players represented the club at least once during the season. Last summer the team finished in seventh place in Division Two, with eleven different players representing the club. We expect that we will again field just one team in the forthcoming 2015 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 Ben Herrieven regained the club championship beating the veteran Matt Copeman in straight games in the final while John Baker beat John Chandler 3-0 to win the Veterans title for the first time. John Baker retained the Jeff Morris Memorial Trophy for Over 35s beating Martin Sanville 3-0 in a well contested final and Richard Moore, playing off +10, won the club handicap tournament, beating Matthew Jordan 3-1 in the final.
Away from the club congratulations to John Chandler who reached the semi finals of the Norfolk Over 60 and the final of the Over 65 championships.
Regular press coverage remains very good and we are pleased that one or two younger players, such as Alex Oliver, Alex Youngman, Matthew Jordan and Steve Price have now forced their way into the club teams especially as an ever increasing number of regulars are now drawing an Old Age Pension.
If nominated I am happy to continue as squash representative for a further year.
April 17th 2015