AGM 2020 Proceedings

The 2020 ESRA AGM was conducted via Zoom at 7.30 pm on 21 December 2000.

The outgoing committee was re-elected unopposed for the year 2020-2021.
Committee members are:
President: Ian Chalmers
Vice President: Gary Meredith
Match and Pennant Officer: Kristel Proctor
Minutes & Events Secretary: Ross Phillips
Treasurer: David Maher
Committee Member: Richard Hole
Committee Member: Henry Rimanich

Thank you to members who attended the AGM, and to those who tendered their apologies.

The formal document records from the AGM are provided below:-
Minutes 2020 ESRA AGM
President’s Report 2019 – 2020
Treasurer’s Report 2019 – 2020
Audit Report 2019 – 2020 AGM

President Ian Chalmers

AGM 2020

You are cordially invited to attend the 2020 Eastern Suburbs Racquetball Association Annual General Meeting which will be held at 7.30 pm on Monday 21st December. Unlike previous  AGMs, this will be a virtual meeting conducted via Zoom

Details of the Zoom Meeting ID and Password will be provided via email prior to the meeting to everyone who has registered.
To Register to attend the AGM click here:

The Ordinary Business of the AGM shall be to:

  • Confirm the minutes of the 2019 AGM
  • Receive reports relating to the 2019 – 2020 financial year
    • Minutes & Reports will be provided by email prior to the meeting
  • Elect the committee for the 2020 – 2021 financial year
  • Appoint an auditor for the 2020- 2021 financial year

The members of the 2019 – 2020 committee have indicated their willingness to continue. The committee works to serve the interests of ESRA and its members. We encourage members who believe they can contribute to the ESRA’s success to nominate to serve on the committee. A nomination form is attached and should be returned to the secretary, Ross Phillips, by email or by mail to the address below by the 18th December.ESRA – Minutes & Events Secretary
PO Box 697
Heathmont VIC 3135

ESRA members include all players registered to participate in Autumn Pennant 2020, plus all players who have participated in Autumn or Spring Pennant during the past two financial years.

Download the Nomination Form 2020-2021

Planning our return to the court

Planning our return to the court

Most, if not all of you, will be aware that the Victorian State Government has announced that from 22 June 2020 all indoor sport and recreation activities may reopen with up to 20 people per space and up to 10 people per group or activity at any one time.

The sports of Squash and Racquetball are covered by this announcement, but this does NOT mean that we can simply walk into our venues on 22 June and expect to play.

There are a number of hurdles which must be cleared before any of us can hit a ball against a wall.


  • Squash and Racquetball has produced a “Plan for Operating a Squash and Racquetball Venue under COVID-19 Restrictions as at 3 June 2020.”
  • The Plan has been submitted for approval by the Victorian Government
    • This approval is expected by 12 June 2020
  • Each venue offering the sports of Squash and Racquetball must produce its own Operating Plan which must also be approved by the Victorian Government.
    • These plans are being drawn up in conjunction with, and ahead of approval of the S&RV Plan.
  • S&RV will circulate the approved Operating Plan to all stakeholders including Venues, Clubs, Associations and players as soon as it is approved.

We encourage all players to contact their home Club / Venue once the approved Operating Plan is available to ascertain the Venue Specific Rules relating to booking of court time and all aspects related to Player Numbers, Social Distancing and Cleanliness.

What can we, as players, expect on 22 June ?

Only symptom free patrons and staff will be permitted to enter Squash Courts

  • Only two people will be allowed on each court. This will allow:
    • Singles match play or rallying
    • Solo training
    • One on one coaching
    • Coaching of 2 players by a coach outside the court under certain conditions explained below
  • Doubles play is strictly prohibited
  • There are to be no spectators
  • The maximum number of people in the centre will be the maximum number permitted on court plus the minimum number of staff members required to operate the centre safely
    • A coach training 2 players on court is included in this maximum number which may reduce the number of players allowed at that time
  • There are a number of strict measures relating to social distancing and cleanliness which must be adhered to at all times.
    • Pre-booking of courts will be required
    • Walk up bookings will not be allowed
    • Players will not be permitted to enter the venue until their allocated time, or until allowed by a staff member and must exit within 5 minutes of their time expiring
    • No socialising will be allowed within the centre

    These restrictions mean that it is not yet possible to resume ESRA Pennant competition.

    It does however mean that we will soon able to get back on the court and once again enjoy our chosen sport(s). We will work with Squash & Racquetball Victoria and all stakeholders to ensure that we can resume ESRA Pennant competition at the earliest appropriate opportunity.

    We are mindful that a number of our cohort fall within the “vulnerable” category, based on age and / or pre-existing health concerns. We will survey all players in coming days to better understand who among us are ready to get back on court immediately and who wish to delay their return until a later date. This information will assist us to form Teams and Grades for the resumption of Pennant.

    We look forward to the time when we can once again enjoy the full competitive and social aspects of ESRA Racquetball.

    The ESRA Committee

    This announcement in PDF format
    We Shall Return

COVID-19 – Coronavirus

Here is a message from Richard Vaughan, CEO Squash Australia dated 12 March, relating to COVID-19 precautions.
Much has transpired in the 48 hrs since this was posted. We will keep you updated if the situation changes.–squash-australia-thursday-march-12

Please consider your opponents and your teammates. If you are feeling unwell please arrange for someone to fill in for you.

Ian Chalmers – President ESRA

Autumn 2020 – Round 2 Ladder

Sadly our 100% record on record keeping hasn’t been maintained in week 2 with one match result still outstanding.

Thanks to everyone who is self-reporting results! Much appreciated.

Good luck to everyone playing in the ESRA Tournament event tomorrow! Enjoy the bye week for recovery and happy racquetballing!

– Kristel.

2020 ESRA Racquetball Tournament @ Westerfolds Bayswater

Sat 15 & Sun 16 February
Westerfolds Bayswater
3 James Street

Thank you to all ESRA players supporting this weekend’s event. When entries closed, the number of 2020 Autumn Pennant players registered to play, or assisting with the organisation of the tournament totalled 54. This is a great result and we thank you all most sincerely.

All profits from the tournament will be directed to support members of the Squash & Racquetball community affected by the Bushfires. Our main sources of profit include canteen profits and proceeds of the raffles held on both days. All food has been donated as have all raffle prizes so anything you contribute to the canteen or the raffle will go directly to Bushfire relief.

Those of you who are unable to play due to injury or who have competing commitments may like to drop by for a while to support the players. We have a red hot field of 14 contesting the Men’s open on Saturday, with the major absentee being Cam White who as a CFA Firefighter is rostered to work. You will see some great racquetball and have the opportunity to contribute through the canteen or the raffle. Alternately, you might like to contact Ian Chalmers (0418 372 560) who will be happy to sell you raffle tickets. Credit and Debit card facilities will be available.

Check out Paul Vear’s preview of the event: