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September 2013 Newsletter

Hi LSClubbers

I have a confession to make. Lianne (that’s my wife, for those who don’t know) has been telling me that I’ve been sleeping very restlessly this past week. Infact, she says I’ve been shouting out colourful and violent abuse in my sleep, throwing out mock-punches and kicks. She says she’s very worried that my work is causing me such stress at the moment, and even more worried that one of my punches might whack her in the middle of the night. She says that it seems to be the same Oracle customer or Oracle colleague who is causing me such angst, every night, as all my abuse and threats are vented at this same person every night. So she asked me when we woke up this morning after another very restless night. She said: “Rob, this can’t go on. You’re going to give yourself a heart-attack in your sleep. Who is this person you keep shouting at in your sleep? Who the hell is Romain Poite?”

Yes, I know, it’s been a week, but that little Frenchie still makes my blood boil!!! He’s officially joined the illustrious list of Bryce Lawrence and JuJu Malema as Mamparas of the Decade!

There’s a lot that’s happened in the life of our club since my last newsletter in July, and there’s even more in store over the next few months. It’s a busy, eventful and exciting period for our club, so grab yourself a cuppa and lend me your eyes for the next few minutes as I bring you up-to-speed with the news and happenings:-

1.  WELCOME:

Firstly, a very warm welcome to our new members who have joined LSC since July  (when I sent out my last newsletter). For those who I haven't had the opportunity to meet yet, I look forward to meeting you soon.

On behalf of the LSC Committee, thank you for joining, and we hope you thoroughly enjoy being a member of our proud and festive club, this year and for many years to come.

Please feel free to contact me at any time should you want to discuss any matter pertaining to the club and your membership.

2.  MEMBERSHIP:

Our club’s membership levels continue to grow, now sitting at 165 members, which is the most number of members we’ve had at any time in our club’s proud 53yr history. Thanks to all of you for your ongoing support.

3. RENEWAL OF MEMBERSHIP FEES:

You will have received your membership fees renewal invoice from Sheena earlier this month. You will have noticed that we have kept the annual increase to less than 4%, in spite of some major investments/improvements we’ve made this year to improve your membership experience; e.g. the installation of the floodlights on the lower tennis court.

I’d like to make an impassioned plea that you pay your membership fees promptly. It is the largest source of income for our club, and we are reliant on those fees to maintain and improve the facilities. If you did not receive your invoice, or if you have an issue with payment, please contact Sheena on 083 453 0357 or sheenastephens@iafrica.com. The Committee will have no option but to disable the keytags of members who have not paid their fees on or before the date of our AGM on Friday 1st November.

4.  TENNIS CLUB CHAMPS:

We had the Finals Day of our annual Tennis Club Champs on Sunday 1st September. First up in the match schedule was the Ladies Singles Cup Final, with top-seed Michelle Dutton successfully defending her title by edging out a brave challenge from second-seed Tracy Morris. It was Michelle’s third Singles title in a row.

Next up was the Mens Singles Cup Final, a rematch of the 2012 final between the top two seeds, Bob Groeneveld and Tony Fawcett. In an epic see-saw humdinger, Tony took the first set, and then Bob came back strongly to win the second set. The third set was a titanic struggle with neither player giving an inch, and needing a nail-biting tie-breaker to break the deadlock. In the end, Bob clinched the tie-breaker 11-9 on his third championship point, having earlier saved a championship point to Tony. Both players were given a standing ovation for putting on an enthralling match that lasted over 2 hours

Michelle added to her Singles title by winning the Ladies Doubles title with her partner Maureen Weimar, beating Abby Lewis and Tracy Morris. Michelle then make it a hat-trick of wins on the day by taking the Mixed Doubles title with partner Toni Schmuck, defeating Bob Groeneveld and Lindy Slingsby.

In the Mens Doubles, Grant van Zyl and Toni Schmuck were too strong for Tony Fawcett and Charles Kinzer.

The winners of the Plate Finals were Laurence Esteve (Ladies Singles), Teager Eales (Mens Singles), Tarryn Smith and Kirsten Weimar (Ladies Doubles), Teager Eales and Michael Hagglund (Mens Doubles), and Abby Lewis and Eric Putsman (Mixed Doubles).

Well done to all the finalists, and congratulations to our 2013 champions.

5.. LEAGUE TENNIS:

The Mixed League season kicked off 2 weeks ago. After an impressive showing last year resulting in their promotion to a higher league this year, our team had a great start to this season with a convincing 16-7 win against a strong team from Claremont. The league fixtures have a short break now over the school holidays. Our team will be back in action on Saturday 5th October at our home courts against Constantia. Matches start at 1:30pm, and I know the team would appreciate some local suppor

6.  SOCIAL TENNIS:

For new members not in-the-know, Eric Putsman runs mixed socials every Sunday morning from 10am-12pm (weather permitting). If you’re keen to get involved, you can contact Eric on 083 777 5206.

Also, should you want any coaching lessons – for you or your kids – you can contact Michelle Dutton. (082 497 7540).

7.  SQUASH LEAGUE:

The WP League season finished off in mid-September and overall, our club had one of our most successful league seasons in a long time. Leading the charge were our three ladies teams. Huge congrats go to our Ladies 5th league team, who won their league. Well done! Not far behind them was our Ladies 4th league team, who finished 2nd on their log, and our Ladies 6th league team also had a great season, finishing 4th.

Our four Mens teams and two Masters teams also had promising seasons with all the teams, bar one, finishing in the top half of their log. Special mentions go to Tony Baldwin’s 4th league Masters team and Paul Herrmann’s 17th league team, who both finished 2nd in their respective logs, and Oly Dods’ 5th league team who finished 3rd.

Our 17th league team also won their knock-out competition, which was no mean feat considering their competition comprised both 16th and 17th league teams. Well done guys!

8.  SQUASH CLUB CHAMPS:

Now that the WP League season has been completed, our attention turns from thrashing other clubs in the peninsula to fighting it out amongst ourselves in our annual Squash Club Champs. We’ve had a record number of entries this year, and the first few rounds of the knock-out format always throw up some interesting match-ups. It’s also not uncommon for a big upset to occur, seeing as a lot of the members who don’t play league for the club enter the Club Champs, and act as giant-seed killers in springing a surprise or two. (Last year, the Mens No. 2 seed was bundled out in the 1st Round!)

The draws have been put up on the noticeboard at the clubhouse, so you’ll be able to keep track of the results and who is marching towards the finals. You can also check the draws and results on the club’s website. (Thanks Paul).

The Finals Day will be held on Friday 1st November, with the last match (the Mens Final) being followed immediately by our AGM, so please diarise that date now.

9.  SOCIAL SQUASH – SUNDOWNER LEAGUE:

After the completion of the Squash Club Champs tournament, we will move into our very popular Sundowner League in November. For those not-in-the-know, it’s an annual social squash tournament, with the onus of having fun and meeting new members. We’ll end off the tournament at the end of November with a social braai. Keep a beady eye on your InBoxes for more details, and be sure to enter when you receive my e-mail around mid-October asking for entries.

10.  ACCESS KEY TAGS:

Should you lose/misplace your access key tag and need to purchase a replacement tag, the procedure is to first do an EFT into the  club’s account for R100, and then take that proof of payment to Jane at the Cape Waterfront Estates office in Victoria Road Hout Bay, and she will issue you a replacement tag. Please note that Jane will not accept cash. She is kindly providing a free service to our club for this (thanks to Margie), and our arrangement is that all payments must be done via EFT. Thanks for your understanding on this one.

That’s it from me. Thanks for reading on till the end! 

Looking forward to seeing you all on the courts, and if not before, then definitely at our Squash Club Champs Finals Day and AGM on the 1st November.

If you’re going away over these school holidays, I wish you safe and happy travel

Cheers

Rob

Rob Williamson

Chairperson: Llandudno Sports Club

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