August 2013

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Our Championship Season

We’ve had a frenetic season of squash and awards over recent weeks. So frenetic and so exciting, we’ve had to punch out this special Yellow Dot to tell everyone about it all!!

 

Ted and Doug get Life

Following in Richard O’Rourke’s inaugural footsteps, Doug Lean and Ted Kaminski were awarded Life Membership for their outstanding long term commitments to the Club.

 

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Ted Kaminski

Ted’s contribution to the Dickson Squash Club extends over many decades. He has been a member for more than 40 years, and in 1973 he played in a team with Dick O’Rourke!

Over the 40 years, Ted has been one of those people who have always been around. He was a committee member for many years and Club President for 10 years. No-one still at the club is too sure exactly when Ted started on the committee, but he only escaped in the mid-noughties.

In December 2007, Squash ACT ran an award ceremony to recognize outstanding contributions to squash. Ted received a Service Award for his contribution to the Dickson Squash Club over many years, including his years as Club President and many years as a high-level player and qualified referee.

In the early 1980s, Ted was renowned for walking around (and occasionally playing) in a t-shirt that had his face on it (he had it done cheaply at a screen printer’s somewhere). For many people, that summed up Ted pretty well.

Ted played pennant until only 12 months ago. He was a good teammate who enjoyed a beer and a chat. In his last game, Ted was beaten in 5 by Gavin Howard. Of course, that is enough to make most people retire!

Ted continues to play in social club events, including mid-season and doubles comps, and played in our recent Club Championships doubles event.

Unfortunately, Ted could not be at the AGM to accept his award in person. In being advised over the phone, Ted indicated he was honoured to receive it.

 

– Doug Lean

Doug has been a member of the Club for an unknown number of decades, and has rarely ever sat still.

For many years, he has been our representative on the Squash ACT Competition Committee. Most members probably don’t know that pennant teams don’t just miraculously appear like fairies at the bottom of the garden. Each Club gathers its proposed pennant teams and then the Committee meets to ensure that the team structure of each team is balanced and fair. With the concepts of “balanced and fair” being subjective, it is up to the Competition Committee to rise above personal objectives and ensure that the pennant goes ahead with equity and fairness to all. Doug has been the voice of reason on this Committee, seemingly forever.

Doug’s other great accomplishment is that he, together with Petra, have kept club practice on Sunday ticking over for as long as anyone cares to remember. Many members appreciate and enjoy club practice, which takes organisation of duty volunteers and having to staff the desk yourself when the volunteers become scarce. Doug and Petra have spent many a Sunday afternoon working the board at club practice because someone has pulled out at the last minute or no one is putting their hand up. Club practice is one of the major forms of revenue for our Club. By keeping club practice running so successfully, Doug underpins the financial success of the club, allowing us the luxury of subsidising Club events and functions.

Doug has also been an active and integral part of the Committee for many years. His contributions and suggestions are always helpful and well thought out.

Above all, what Doug brings to the DSC is a refinement, passion and commitment which is unparalleled. He is one of life’s true gentlemen and we are all grateful for what he brings to the Club and to the unquestioning friendship and support he offers to so many of us.

 

President’s Award – Julie Polson

Every year, our President gives an award to the Club member who he or she thinks has made an outstanding contribution to the Club. This year the winner was Julie Polson, who puts her hand up for many of the stressful and lingering tasks that keep the club ticking over: the most notable example last year being her perseverance through the ACT Government’s bureaucracy to ensure the reinstatement of the Club’s liquor license.

Julie’s level of commitment and willingness to give to the club is even more outstanding when it is noted that she no longer plays pennant for the Club.

Congratulations Julie!

 

Bodyline Sports Player of the Year

Every year, the Bodyline Sports Player of the Year award is presented to the player whose Matrix rating increased the most after playing in both pennant competitions for Dickson. This year the winner was Petar Josifoski, who worked hard to increase his rating by massive 51.73 points.

Special mentions were given to the following players who also had significant increases:

  • 23.48 - Stella Loong
  • 24.5 - Ian Kildea
  • 26.14 - Nathan Etheredge
  • 28.74 - Josh Larkin

 

Club Champions

As always, our Club Championships were well attended, ran smoothly and competed in an exceptionally fun but competitive environment. Here are all the winners:



Women


Position


Player


Open


Winner


Mickayla Kerr


Open


Runner-Up


Lisa Matthews


A Grade


Winner


Lorriane Rae


A Grade


Runner-Up


Michelle Steele


B Grade


Winner


Sarah Penn


B Grade


Runner-Up


Julie Medway


B Grade


3rd


Leanna Davey


C Grade


Winner


Madeleine Barnett


C Grade


Runner-Up


Julie Polson


C Grade


Plate


Karina Sommers


C Grade


Special Plate


Edwina Mulhearn


D Grade


Winner


Megan Arnold


D Grade


Runner-Up


Jodie Barnett


D Grade


Plate


Kirsten Embury


D Grade


Special Plate


Karen Budnick

 



Men


Position


Player


Open


Winner


Finian Kennedy


Open


Runner-Up


Peter Trevitt


Open


3rd


Hayden Ross


A Grade


Winner


Stu Judd


A Grade


Runner-Up


Greg Rolls


A Grade


Plate


Scott Ried


A Grade


Special Plate


Mark Ciesniewski


B Grade


Winner


Paul Johns


B Grade


Runner-Up


Ben Luckie


B Grade


3rd


Doug Lean


C Grade


Winner


Leland Barnett


C Grade


Runner-Up


Josh Suidgiest


C Grade


Plate


Harrison Barnett


C Grade


Special Plate


Alex Polson


D Grade


Winner


Nick Godden


D Grade


Runner-Up


Drew Treasure


D Grade


Plate


Michael Hill


D Grade


Special Plate


Paul Reynolds


D Grade


Cons Plate


Lachlan Burns


E Grade


Winner


Matt Clayton


E Grade


Runner-Up


Ameer Ali


E Grade


Plate


Mark Harrison


E Grade


Special Plate


Matthew Oxenham


F Grade


Winner


John Truong


F Grade


Runner-Up


Scott Kennedy


F Grade


3rd


Richard Read

 





Doubles


Position


Player


Open


Winner


Jason Chen

Mark Ciesniewski


Open


Runner-Up


Oliver Brown

Ian Kildea


Open


3rd


Hayden Ross

Mickayla Kerr  


Open


4th


John Lenarduzzi

Tristan Wells


A Grade


Winner


Leanne Davey

Peter Trevitt


A Grade


Runner-Up


Sarah McCormack

Finian Kennedy


A Grade


3rd


Pam Price

Anthony Burgess


A Grade


4th


Carly Kiff

Ted Kaminiski


B Grade


Winner


Stella Loong

Bruce Morgan


B Grade


Runner-Up


Annette White

Michael Hill


B Grade


3rd


Madeline Barnett

Nathan Etherege


B Grade


4th


Christi Pullen

Marty McGuire


B Grade


Encouragement

Award


Kiara Chen

Eric Chen

 

Autumn Pennant Winners

We’ve not only just finished our Club Championships, but once again many of our teams did exceptionally well in the Autumn Pennant. Here are our winners and finalists:





Division


Result


Team


Div 1


Finalists


Josh Larkin

Jason Chen

Simon Beasley

Christopher Ho


Div 2


Winners


Hayden Ross

Dominic Cooper

Mickayla Kerr

Stuart Judd


Div 2


Finalists


Graham Mackay

Peter Trevitt

Ben Phillips

Charles Flannery


Div 3


Winners


Charles Flannery

Scott Reid

Greg Rolls

Grahame Deards


Div 3


Finalists


Mark Ciesniewski

Terry Hannigan

Simon Aungle

Owen Gould


Div 5


Winners


Ross Rendell

Steve Riddell

Ben Ryan

Doug Lean

Alex Polson


Div 5


Finalists


Alexander Howard

Paul Johns

Stephen Barnett

Kirsten Turnbull


Div 6


Finalists


Alex Beinke

Nick Westerink

Joseph Howard

Bruce Morgan


Div 7


Finalists


Shaun Baker

Josh Peck

Justin Kerslake

Carly Kiff


Div 8


Winners


Alex Beinke

Len Early

Clinton Pobke

Shannon Crocker


Div 9


Finalists


Daniel Royal

Petar Josifoski

Shane Husson

Darryl Seto

 

AGM Outcomes

Of course, every Club Championships dinner must be plagued with a bit of formality ala our Annual General Meeting, held on 3 August.

As is always the case, we heard that the Club is in sound financial position, which includes a significant reserve to address a potential future relocation to new premises.

The meeting also approved changes to the Club’s constitution: to remove part year memberships and to formally recognise the existence of life members. The revised constitution is on our website.

Most significantly, however, the AGM presented our two new Life Members, the winner of the President’s Trophy and the Bodyline Sports Player of the Year Award. Each of these awards are described under separate heading earlier in this Yellow Dot.

 

What’s a member?

In recent years, Squash in Canberra has seen a trend towards greater player mobility between clubs. This happens for a variety of reasons: players seeking lower fees elsewhere, looking to play in teams with friends, perceived greater playing opportunities, etc.

While there’s generally nothing wrong with this mobility, the Dickson Committee has maintained a strong view that our Club Championships (and to a lesser extent, access to club practice) should only be available to those players who demonstrate true commitment to the Club: in other words those who bleed Dickson blood. However, we’ve never consistently and explicitly outlined what defines which members can participate in particular events. As a result, we’re seeing more ‘grey areas’ that have unfortunately caused grief to some individuals.

To resolve this into the future, the Committee will clarify its position on this matter, and clearly communicate that to the membership. These discussions will occur during the first 2013/14 committee meeting, to be held at Northside at 4pm on 31 August.

If you wish to contribute to the decision, please feel free to attend the meeting, or present your views in writing to Stephen at Stephen@blapl.com.au.

 

Christmas Party

Now that the club championships are over, the next big social event is the Christmas party. It doesn’t get better than a DSC Christmas party: $10 Kris Kringles, ample flowing of a few fine drops, another speech from Dick…

At this stage we are looking at holding the party on the night of either 6 or 13 December. We feel that we have outgrown our previous venue, the ‘The Gods Café’, so we are on the hunt for a new venue capable of holding our ever increasing numbers.

We are very open to YOUR suggestions as to where we should hold this. Our criteria are:

  • Central location.
  • Hold up to 80.
  • Preferably have whole venue to ourselves (we don’t want innocent bystanders having to listen to Dick’s speech).
  • Preferably BYO (so the club can keep costs down and provide some god wine from Len and Stephen’s cellars).
  • Offers good food at reasonable prices.

If you can think of anything that ticks these boxes, please let Stephen know at Stephen@blapl.com.au.

 

New Committee

The AGM on 3 August voted in a new Committee for 2013/14.

We welcome Haydon Ross and Madeleine Barnett to the Committee, and thank Dominic Cooper for his contribution over the last 12 months.

Please contact anyone on the committee, at any time, if you have questions, suggestions or comments about any aspect of the Club’s operations.

The committee is:

President: Stephen Barnett

Vice President: Len Early

Secretary: Pam Price

Treasurer: Dick O’Rourke

General Members:

Leanna Davey Paul Cartwright

Julie Polson Doug Lean

Anthony Burgess Madeleine Barnett

Hayden Ross