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Minutes AGM 22 Feb 2023 Minutes Committee 22nd February 2023

Minutes AGM 22 Feb 2023

2023 COURT CLEAN UP

We all agreed that the moss was thicker this year than at any other time.  Nonetheless on Sunday 2nd April a group of 10 enthusiastic and determined members set out to rid the courts of this nuisance weed.

However, despite their best efforts it soon became very clear that sweeping was not going to win the day, and that the previously obtained moss killer would need to be applied and allowed to do its job.  At this point a knight in shining armour, Steve Hopkins, came forward and offered to carry out the spraying.  At this time discussions were being held with a local contractor, and they suggested the use of another moss killer, so supplies of this variant were also obtained, and once again Steve offered to carry out the spraying.  All this was achieved during the middle of April.  It was then decided that, after a suitable period to allow the killer to work, a (hopefully) final sweep up of the courts

This final sweep up occurred on Sunday 30th April, when a group of 5 gentlemen (and the female picture taker – Norma) descended on the courts to have another go at removing the, by now dead, moss.

Despite the efforts of all involved, it was recognised that 2023 had been the worst year for moss on the courts, and that further action was required to secure the long term condition of the courts.  As a result it was agreed that quotes would be obtained for resurfacing or repainting of the courts in either in 2023, or very early 2024.

A big thank you to all those who took part in this back breaking and thoroughly hard and painful process.  Your efforts were not in vain and we hope that you enjoy your tennis on our courts throughout 2023 and in the future.

FUN DOUBLES – 10TH SEPTEMBER 2023

With one eye on the weather forecast, 10 of our members set out on the annual Fun Doubles tournament.  Due to the reduction in numbers this year, it was decided that each match would consist of 8 games, and not the usual 4.  Throughout the afternoon the temperature rose significantly and a welcome mouthful of water was the order of the day at the change of ends.  Some of the tennis was all about power, whilst others preferred a more subtle strategy.  Whatever the game plan, against the backdrop of the occasional match commentary from one of the players, there was lots of endeavour and effort in the almost 3 hours duration of the event.

In the Ladies event, Oriel Kenny (as always) played some excellent tennis and put in a series of fine performances, and with a score of 20 points secured the winner’s trophy, which she had last won in 2021.  There was however a new name on the Runner’s Up trophy, that of Jo Cooke, who played some really good tennis to reach a score of 14 points.

The Men’s event saw 2 new names on the trophies and also the highest score of the day by any player.  The winner was Guy Hollins, who played some lovely tennis and achieved a remarkably high score of 23 points to take the title.  The runner up was Sean McGeog, who also played some really nice tennis and was close behind Guy, with a score of 20 points.  It’s really good to see new names on these trophies, and these two players have been a very welcome boost to our squad, which they will significantly enhance for the future.

Our final category was the Intermediates, and for this we also had a new name for the winner’s trophy.  George Hardman is probably going to work his way through all our club trophies, and at the tender age of 12 is already a terrifically skilled and competent player.  Anyway, the first of potentially many more, was the winner’s trophy for this event, which George achieved with a commendable score of 13 points.   Despite his usual enthusiasm and energy, last year’s winner Kenton Christie, could only achieve the runner’s up position, in this his last appearance as an Intermediate.  Kenton achieved a score of 11 points.  We wish lots of future success to both of these younger players.

A big thank you goes to all those who took part in this very popular and enjoyable annual event.

A big thank you must go to our scorer on the day, Norma, who came along expecting to play, but who kindly offered to sit out because of the uneven numbers resulting from some late withdrawals from the tournament.

On a final note, take a look at the biblical storm that engulfed the area outside the clubhouse shortly after we had finished the tournament.  The organisers got the weather right then eh!

SEASON 2023

The latest regulations allow us to re-open the courts on Monday 29th March 2021.

Internal and external competitions will be arranged, details to follow.

INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE OF THE COURTS DURING COVID 19 RESTRICTIONS
We hope you enjoy your tennis, but please make sure that you play in a safe and responsible manner at all times.

ALL PLAYERS USING THESE COURTS MUST READ AND FULLY COMPLY WITH
THE LTA GUIDELINES WHICH CAN BE FOUND DISPLAYED ON THE TENNIS HUT
SECTION 1: BEFORE & AFTER PLAY STAY UP TO DATE
Carry out your own self-assessment for covid 19 symptoms. Do not participate in tennis if you have any of the covid 19 symptoms, or you subsequently develop them. Instead, you must follow the Government’s “Test and Trace” guidelines without delay.
Before you leave notify the Club (email to: mashamtennisclub@yahoo.co.uk) of the names of your group who are using the courts and the date and time of your visit. Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before leaving home (or use an alcohol gel if washing hands is not possible). Use your own equipment where possible. Take your own hand santizer and use this before and after touching the keysafe, court gate and padlock and before play and immediately after finishing (use alcohol gel if required). Ensure you take all your belongings with you at the end of the session and do not leave anything on court.
TRAVELLING TO AND FROM THE COURT
Avoid using public transport. Avoid touching court gates, fences, benches, etc. if you can. Allow others to leave before you enter the court – if you need to wait then do so away from the courts and clear of the gates. Arrive changed and ready to play. Shower at home. Do not congregate after playing. No extra-curricular or social activity should take place
SECTION 2: DURING PLAY COURT LIMITS
Both singles play and doubles play is now permitted with people from outside of your household, meaning that four people from different households can now play doubles. For informal casual play group sizes must not exceed 6 players. Group sizes can exceed this limit for Club Sessions, but only if all participants strictly follow
these guidelines. All courts are now open for play, but players must avoid chasing a ball onto another court if others are using that court.
MAINTAIN SOCIAL DISTANCING
Stay at least two metres away from other players at all times (including during play as far as possible, when taking breaks and before and after play). Do not make physical contact with other players (such as shaking hands or high five). Stay on your side of court and avoid changing ends, or agree to change ends at opposite sides of the net.
EQUIPMENT & FACILITIES
Be aware that nearby toilet facilities may not be open. Where they are open, players are advised to take particular care when using them.
HYGIENE
If you need to sneeze or cough, do so into a tissue or upper sleeve. Avoid touching your face.

Version 7 – 29th March 2021