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January 2019 Newsletter

Hi LSClubbers

Compliments of the season to all of you and your families!

I trust you’ve all recovered from  your festive festivities and are getting back to the grindstone of work and slog.

 

Here’s wishing 2019 is a great year for all of us – full of opportunity, growth, fun, joy, hope and love!

(And some more silverware with league trophy triumphs for LSC wouldn’t go amiss either!!)

 

ON YOUR MARKS, GET SET……   GO!

We’re off to a fast start this year, as we wrap up our Annual Tennis Club Champs with our Finals Day tomorrow.

 

And then we’ve got two more tournaments kicking off later this month:-

  1. Our Annual Summer League Social Squash Tournament
  2. Our Annual Squash Doubles Club Championships

I will be sending out separate mails for each of these shortly.

There a lot going on currently in the life of our club, including the finalisation of the Collaborative Agreement between our club and Hout Bay Tennis Club (HBTC).

So please grab yourself a cuppa, pull up a chair, put your feet up, and lend me your eyes for a few minutes as I share these happenings and events in the updates below.

 

1.  WELCOME:

A very warm welcome to our new members who have joined LSC since November (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. (Why not pop into the club tomorrow to give our tennis hot-shots some support in our Tennis Club Champs Finals Day. I’ll be there the whole day).

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.  LEAGUE TENNIS:

The 2019 Men’s and Ladies WP Tennis League season kicks off next weekend. We have entered three teams into the league, and wish them all the best of luck.

If you’re new to our club, and would like to find out more about playing League Tennis, then please contact Tracy Morris, our Ladies Tennis Captain, (tracyloumorris@gmail.com) or Llewellyn Snyman, our Men’s Tennis Captain (Llewellyn.Snyman@engenoil.com).

3.  SOCIAL TENNIS:

For new members not in-the-know, we have a very active WhatsApp group for social tennis. There are planned weekly socials every Sunday (but not this Sunday, as it’s our Tennis Club Champs Finals Day), and then lots of additional, spontaneous get-togethers arranged on the WhatsApp group.

If you’re keen to get involved, send Eric Putsman a WhatsApp on 083 777 5206 and he will add you to the group.

For tennis lessons/coaching, please contact Gareth Smart on Gareth.tenniscoach@gmail.com or 071 675 9563.

4.  LEAGUE SQUASH:

As mentioned at the outset of this newsletter, I will be sending out another email inviting entries to our annual Social Squash Summer League tournament. This will run for 6 weeks, up to first week of March, which is when the 2019 WP League Squash season commences.

The Summer League tournament is open to all members of all playing levels.

A lot of our league players use the Summer League as an opportunity to dust the festive cobwebs off and get fit( (or fitter!), ready for league.

If you’re new to our club and are keen to play League Squash, please contact Marge Mackenzie, our Ladies Squash Liaison (margie@capewaterfrontestates.co.za), Jerry Nicholas, our Masters Squash Liaison (jerry@go-bet.co.za), or myself (Men’s Squash Liaison) for more details.

NB. You will need to do this ASAP, as we need to finalize our playing squads by the end of January.

5.  MEMBERSHIP FEES:

For those members who have not yet paid their annual subs (they were due in Sept 2018!), you will find that your key tags have been disabled.

Please make contact with Sheena (sheenastephens@iafrica.com) urgently to make payment (which will include a R100 reactivation fee), and copy me to the mail that contains your EFT POP, so that I can give Jerry Nicholas the instruction to reactivate your key tag.

6.  ACCESS KEY TAGS:

We have gone through a housekeeping exercise with our access control system, as there were quite a few key tags that were unaccountable for; i.e. we don’t know who the holder is.

In most cases, it’s key tags that have been lost/misplaced, or not returned when members resign.

But to ensure that these tags don’t fall into the wrong hands, we deactivate them via our access control software.

Should you suddenly now find that you key tag is not working – and you are a paid-up member – then please contact me ASAP and we will sort it out.

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 R150, and then take that proof of payment to Abi at the Seeff Properties office in the Mainstream Shopping Centre, and she will issue you a replacement tag.

Please note that Seeff Properties is kindly providing a free service to our club for this, so please be respectful and appreciative of that. 

7.  MAINTENANCE TO FRONT WALL OF SQUASH COURT 2:

We completed some much needed maintenance to the front wall of Squash Court 2 in December.

The end result is still not a perfect solution, as the wall still consists of the fiberglass layers attached to the concrete base. So you will still hear the notorious “gunshot bang” sound when you hit the ball against a hollow spot, but the bounce off the wall should at least now be true.

We do have plans for a more permanent solution to the front wall, which we will be discussing at our first Committee Meeting of 2019 on 23 January. It will not be a cheap exercise for the club, so we need to give it due consideration and planning.

But we needed to get the court back to a playable condition in time for the league season, hence us doing the quick-fix repair job in December.

8.  LOST PROPERTY

If you’ve lost/left anything at the club, the easiest way to try and track it down is to contact our groundsman, Clive Moses, on 072 207 6508.

Please note that he only works at the club on Mondays, Wednesday and Fridays.

9.  COLLABORATIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN LOST PROPERTY

As mentioned in a newsletter back in September 2018, as well as at our AGM in November, the encouraging growth of tennis at our club has introduced some challenges.

We’ve come a long way in the last 8 years, introducing our Tennis Club Championships, and then entering our first league team in the WP Tennis League.

That one team has now grown to three, but with only two courts, we’ve had to find two additional courts to accommodate our third team for their home fixtures.

For the last two years, we’ve had a rental agreement with Bergvliet Tennis Club, which hasn’t been ideal.

Our Committee entered into exploratory discussions with the Committee of Hout Bay Tennis Club (HBTC) last year, and we found that there would be mutual benefit if we collaborated closer:-

  • HBTC has two additional courts at Kronendal Primary School that we could use for our league fixtures
  • HBTC doesn’t have any league set-up, but have some members who would be very keen to play league tennis. We would allow them to play for our LSC teams, which also gives us greater depth in our squads.
  • We (LSC) have been discussing running a Youth Development tennis program for children from IT and Hangberg. Doing it at LSC poses some logistical issues, which can be negated if we run it at HBTC.

After a number of meetings and discussions, we have entered into a simple Collaboration Agreement with HBTC. The agreement will be framed around the above points, as well as driving better synergies; e.g. your LSC membership will now also give you access to the HBTC tennis courts for no extra fee. (We will be implementing the same access control tag key system at HBTC, and your keytag will be re-programmed to give you access to those courts.

Rob Picard (HBTC Chairperson) will be seconded onto our Committee, and Llewellyn Snyman (our Tennis Portfolio Committee member) will be seconded onto the HBTC Committee.

Phew! I think that’s about it.

Thanks for reading through to the end.

Look out for my follow-up mails inviting entries into the upcoming tournaments.

And hope to see many of you supporting our Tennis Club Champs Finals Day tomorrow.

Cheers

Rob

Rob Williamson

Chairperson: Llandudno Sports Club

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