Joburg Squashers,

AGM Report 2021: 24 November 2021

This has been my first year as Chairman of Joburg Squash and has definitely been an interesting one with the ongoing Covid-19 Pandemic in South Africa. However, with the commitment of the Joburg Squash Committee (Jeannie Holden included) we were able to able to keep squash on the map and ensured that major events continued throughout this pandemic ridden year which made my job easy.

Special mention must be given to the following committees which ensured that tournaments ran smoothly; finances and budgets were kept on track and leagues continued throughout the year.
Joburg Junior Squash Committee
Joburg Masters Squash Committee
Egoli Squash Committee
Jarvis Squash Committee
Joburg Squash Committee
Jeannie Holden (Joburg Squash Secretary)

Joburg Squash was able to host a number of tournaments in 2021. Listed below are some of the events that took place throughout the year involving Joburg Squash and their players.
Assore Balwin Parkview Open PSA Closed Satellite
Joburg Closed
Assore/ Balwin Joburg Open
Ironman 4 x 4 PSA Closed Satellite
Growthpoint IPT
Joburg Squash Men 4th
Joburg Squash Ladies 3rd
SA Schools’ IPT
Results
Joburg Squash U16A Boys 1st
Joburg Squash U16B Boys 1st
Joburg Squash U19B Boys 1st
SA Nationals
Christo Potgieter Runner-Up
Results
GPCE PSA Satellite Tournament

Please feel free to contact Joburg Squash if you are looking at hosting a tournament in 2022.

Men’s League Results
First League
1 Country Club Johannesburg A (242)
2 Randburg A (209)
Reserve League
1 Country Club Johannesburg B (213)
2 Bryanston Sports Club B (204)
Second League
1 Randburg C (219)
2 Western Rackets B (212)
Third League
1 Modderfontein C (252)
2 Western Rackets C (241)
Fourth League
1 Northcliff A (202)
2 Modderfontein D (182)
Fifth League
1 Modderfontein F (213)
2 Country Club Johannesburg D (209)
Sixth League
1 Wanderers E (222)
2 Jeppe Quondam B (209)

Ladies’ League Results
1A
1 Khanyile Sape (14)
2 Sarah Quick (12)
3 Heather Wilkinson (12)
2A
1 Michelle Staal (27)
2 Annie Allen (25)

CLUB AND INDIVIDUAL AWARDS
Dean Nortje wins the Chris Grainger Trophy- Best Individual Men 1st League Performance
Sheldon Erasmus – Adrian Hoffman- Contribution to Jarvis
Ray Dlamini – Graham Prior Trophy- Coach of the Year
Rachel Shannon- Keith Grainger – Junior & Sportsmanship
Khanyile Rape- Committee Award – Innovation and Development towards the Game
Country Club JHB – CALLAGHAN TROPHY- Club with Best Overall League Performance
Eric Meano- Considerable Contribution to Squash- Jeannie Holden

Finances
Due to the lockdowns and the continuation of Covid-19 2021 has been another tough year for our finances however; we have managed to keep our head above water. We will be looking at improving our financial situation in 2022.

Growthpoint IPT Report 2021
Ladies’:
The ladies team performed admirably placing 3rd against far more experienced teams and players.
Men’s:
It was decided to take a squad of 8 for the men to avoid injuries and blood some of the younger players. Final position 4th.

Marking & Refereeing
With no thanks to Covid-19 restrictions, not much emphasis has been put on M&R the last 18 months or so. And as such, there is a definite need to ensure all squash participants across Joburg are conversant with the rules and adhere to a standard of competency. We have plans in the pipeline to help improve Marking & Refereeing at Joburg Squash and will communicate these to everyone in the near future.

Egoli Squash
JS would also like to congratulate Egoli squash for their strong development programme.

Their players have really grown and developed over the past few years and now contribute more than 50% of players to our Junior and Senior Interprovincial teams. For more information on Egoli Squash’s excellent programmes and on how to get involved please visit their Website and Facebook Page.

Joburg Junior Squash
The highlight for all squash players is to represent their Province at the Inter Provincial tournaments. This year this event was separated into the North and South as we had to limit the numbers at each event. JJS hosted the Northern event and I would like to thank Irene and Simone for all their hard work in putting this event together. It was no easy task and they did a great job.

SA SCHOOLS MERIT SQUAD: Joburg Junior Squash Players
Due to Covid, SA Schools Squash were unable to enforce selection criteria for Top 10 ranking. However, it was decided to announce a merit squad and an emerging player’s squad.
Congratulations to the following players who have been included in the SA School Merit Squad.
Julia Anderson Girls U14
Emma Shannon Girls U16
Rachel Shannon Girls U19
Daniel Deutschmann Boys U14
Joshua Shannon Boys U14
John Anderson Boys U16
Joshua Deutschmann Boys U16
Diodivine Mkhize Boys U16
Nathaniel Ndebele Boys U19
Congratulations to Muzi Buthelezi U19 on being included in the SA School Emerging Players Squad.

Joburg Masters Squash
The JMS Masters league returned on Thursdays from 18 March. 2021 saw 5 leagues and hosting 39 teams. We also manage to host three very successful JMS Doubles fundraising tournaments throughout the year. These proved to be very popular, and we will continue to run these tournaments in 2022, with the aim of hosting four events in 2022.

Jeannie Holden
Jeannie Holden (Joburg Squash Secretary) has let me know that she will be leaving Joburg Squash at the end of the year. I would like to thank Jeannie, on behalf of everyone, for all of the hard work that she has put into Joburg Squash over the years.
Thanks for the great memories.

Please look after yourselves during the festive season and I look forward to seeing you all back on the squash court in 2022.

Regards,

Gary Plumstead

 

Fellow Squash Players,

Joburg Squash 2021

Joburg Squash would like to welcome you all back on the squash court in 2021 during these tough Covid-19 times. The Joburg Squash Committee met last night and we are all eager to get league up and running ASAP. We are planning to start league towards the end of March/ beginning of April. However, before we make any solid commitments we wait for our President’s next speech in the middle of February 2021. We will do our best to allow for the Lockdown restrictions when scheduling the squash fixtures. Please start canvassing your players to see who is available to play in the league in 2021. We are also thinking about starting a Joburg Squash Doubles League. Please let us know if your club would be interested in entering a team or teams into the league.

In 2021 all players participating in Joburg Squash League or Joburg Squash Tournaments must be registered with Squash South Africa. All information regarding Joburg Squash can be found on the following Social Media Platforms:
Website: http://www.joburgsquash.co.za/
Website: http://www.gautengsquash.co.za/
Facebook: https://web.facebook.com/SquashJoburg
Twitter: https://twitter.com/JoburgSquash
WhatsApp Squash Updates: Message 073 791-2851 to join

Your Joburg Squash Committee servicing squash in and around Johannesburg.

Chairman
Gary Plumstead
Email: gplumstead@gmail.com
Cell: O73 791-2851

Treasurer
Roland Skinner
Email: rjs@mysoft.co.za
Cell: O82 575-3597
Work: O11 447-4877

Administrator
Jeannie Holden
Email: gautengsq@worldonline.co.za
Cell: O83 661-6482
Work: O86 010-4445

League Rep.
John Shannon
Email: teamshannon@polka.co.za
Cell: 079 528-4441

Coaching/ Development
Dikana Mthombeni
Email: dikanasquash@gmail.com

Admin Dev.
Sharon Sibanda
Email: sharon@egolisquash.co.za
Cell: O60 503-0296
Work: O11 886-1740

Jarvis / Kaplan Cup & Tournaments
Sheldon Erasmus
Email: Sheldonje@gmail.com

Schools
Angie Clifton-Parks
Email: angelique@angelent.co.za
Cell: 082 372-1265

Masters
Paul Vermaak
Email:
Cell:

Social Media
Gary Plumstead
Email: gplumstead@gmail.com
Cell: 073 791-2851

Squash South Africa has worked incredibly hard to enable us all to be able to play squash again and I urge you all to follow the Squash SA Covid-19 Return to Play Squash Regulations which can be found on their website: https://www.squashsa.co.za/
To that end, and for clarity, please take note of the following:
Announcement | Return to Level 3* Lockdown
Current Permitted Activities
League play is permitted, pending sanction and approval by the provincial body in your area (please note, the local hotspot conditions, and enacted Risk Assessments, by your committees may mean that no league (or variations, thereof are permitted). Please follow up with your Provincial Body.
Tournaments are permitted with a maximum of 50 persons or less (including staff) in a venue, assuming all players are registered with Squash SA (SportyHQ, register here), AND the club is approved to open under Level 3, or higher – you can check this list to see if your club is approved www.squashsa.co.za/covid-19/clubs/.
Club leagues, closed leagues, etc are permitted, pending the club only operates at 50% capacity, or a max of 50ppl, at any given time.
Doubles is permitted, although we strongly caution against this, owing to the obvious higher risk to the individuals.
As above, your Province/ Club may disallow doubles, based on the current risks in your area.
The onus is on you, to check with that body, before playing.
Criteria to continue play/ training and coaching
ALL Players and Coaches need to be:
Registered with their respective club AND province (including being in good standing).
Registered with Squash South Africa (SportyHQ), up to and including this year 31 March 2021 (R120pp), thereafter R150 pp. Please check if you’re registered. You can click through from the Squash SA website, main page. Look for the Player Registration button on the main page/ banner.
Masks must be worn at all times, if you show any symptoms of COVID, seek medical advice, and avoid the clubs for 10 days, or as advised by a medical practitioner.
A full register must be completed accurately on entering the club, with temperature checks, etc.
All Venues need to:
Make sure all hygiene protocols are being followed, and the facilities are being cleaned.
Access controls are used (screening and registers), to ensure only members and/or authorised persons enter AND can be traced.
Sanitizer is available at all times, for persons entering and using the venue.
Player bookings have to be used, and no “hanging around” at the club, before or after your games.
Non-Permitted Activities
Bar/ Restaurants can only operate per their regulated permissions
Change rooms are not permitted to open
Toilets, only in the case of an emergency
Curfews, as per national criteria (9 pm to 5 am)
Play is voluntary, and it remains your responsibility to be safe and compliant with all National and Local rules and regulations.

Please do not hesitate to contact the committee should you need any further information.

I look forward to seeing you all on the squash court.

Regards,

Gary Plumstead
Joburg Squash Chairman