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.

http://www.squash.org.au/w/blog/covid-19-virus-update–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.

Regards,
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
Bayswater

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: http://www.squashvic.com.au/w/blog/preview-2020-esra-open-racquetball-championships

Autumn 2020 – Round 1 Ladder

Congratulations to all teams on the perfect start to the season with all results being submitted on time! It really makes this task significantly easier when everyone sends through their results sheet on time, and I appreciate your efforts.

Thank you also to those captains that input their own results. Hopefully it wasn’t too scary! =D

– Kristel.

Autumn 2020 Season Updates

Autumn 2020 Pre-Season Meeting
Thursday 30th January 7.30PM
Westerfolds Bayswater

Please ensure two members of each team are present at the pre-season meeting. Failure to meet this requirement will result in your team being penalised 150 points.

Autumn 2020 Season
Commences Monday 3rd February (*)

Fixtures and team lists can be found on the ESRA Autumn 2020 Competition spreadsheet. We have asked all team captains to check their team details to ensure everything is correct prior to the pre-season meeting.

Autumn 2020 Grand Finals
Monday 15 June 7:30PM
Westerfolds Bayswater

Finals for the Autumn 2020 season will revert to Monday. The ESRA committee has worked with S&RV to ensure any clashes that may occur will only be with regular season matches. There should be no finals conflicts.

There are four significant changes for the Autumn 2020 pennant season:

Captains now have the ability to enter team and player performance scores at the conclusion of each match. A photo of the results sheet must still be emailed to results@es-ra.com.au. If you’re not comfortable entering results, it will be done for you when results are audited on Fridays.

John Souness is managing the introduction of a Doubles Only grade to cater for players who are no longer physically able to enjoy playing singles or prefer doubles play. It will most likely be played on Wednesday nights and will alternate between Mountain District and Westerfolds Bayswater. Please contact John on 0413 522 778 or email at wantirnasquash@hotmail.com if you would like to sign up. A proposed list of players so far has been added to the Competition spreadsheet.

Grades 4 and 5 have been consolidated for the course of the regular home and away season. Finals will be played between the top 4 teams for Grade 4 and the bottom 4 teams for Grade 5. Player feedback on 4-team grades has been negative and we feel this gives players more variety in their hits as well as opportunities to be exposed to different skills. We acknowledge that there are logical Grade 4 and Grade 5 teams within the grade and are working with teams and coordinators to ensure top up players are available to Grade 5 teams when required.

Playing fees have increased to $20 per player ($60 per team). This is in line with the recommendations from Squash and Racquetball Victoria.

ESRA Racquetball Tournament
15 – 16 February 2020

Singles will be played on Saturday and doubles on Sunday. A bye round has been fixtured for the competition for the week commencing Monday 17th February. You can enter the event now.

We have scheduled this in response to player feedback regarding the difficulty of backing up and playing pennant the day after the tournament weekend. We hope this break will encourage more ESRA players to compete. We are mindful players have commitments other than racquetball. If you can’t play on both days, feel free to play in either the singles or doubles! You’re guaranteed to have a good time and you’ll be helping to contribute to bushfire relief and recovery!

The ESRA tournament draws a good number of players from NE Victoria and Gippsland. Both areas have been severely impacted by recent fires. The ESRA tournament committee have determined that all profits from this year’s tournament event will be donated to Bushfire Relief and Recovery in NE Victoria and Gippsland. We will consult with the racquetball communities in both areas to determine where our donations should best be directed.

Work has been undertaken in the off season to update member databases to enable better communication and to ensure we comply with our obligations as an Incorporated Association. There are still a few loose ends to be tidied up and we hope that this can be accomplished at the pre-season meeting. We look forward to seeing you there and wish you all the best for the season ahead.

Happy racquetballing!

The ESRA Committee

(*) Amended date: Time machine no longer required to make start of season.

Grand Final Results and Best Player Awards

Congratulations to all Grand Finals winners and best players!

Grade 1 Grand Final – MCC Steel (157) d Dromana Devils (128)
Grade 2 Grand Final – MCC Maulers (156) d Bayswater Braves (151)
Grade 3 Grand Final – MCC Maniacs (176) d MD Crocs (123)
Grade 4 Grand Final – MCC Gypsies (151) d MD Crusaders (148)
Grade 5 Grand Final – MD Treemen (156) d MD Pink Panthers (145)

Best Player Awards
(having played 7 or more matches at the position#)

G1#1 Geoff Wilcock – Wilco’s Warriors
G1#2 Nelson Turner – MCC Hacks
G1#3 Greg Ajani – MCC Hacks

G2#1 Alan Deans – Bayswater Braves
G2#2 Marcus Horvat – Bayswater Braves
G2#3 Bruce Stephens – MD Champs

G3#1 Lance Cowan – MCC Maniacs
G3#2 Craig Syms – MCC Maniacs
G3#3 Robin Clarke – MCC Magic

G4#1 Mark Purtin – Bayswater Bandits
G4#2 David Niven – MD Crusaders
G4#3 Paul Johnson – MD Crusaders

G5#1 Paul Johnson – MD Treemen
G5#2 Sara Alger – MD Pink Panthers
G5#3 Tim Hill – MD Pink Panthers

Grand Finals Announcement

All Grand Finals matches will be played at the BAYSWATER Westerfolds venue, commencing at 7.30 pm sharp.

Pizzas and some sparkling wine will be provided for competing teams and referees. The venue is also licensed for those in need of additional refreshment.

Monday 2nd Dec
Grade 4 Grand Final – MD Crusaders v MCC Gypsies
Referees: Bayswater Bandits

Tuesday 3rd Dec
Grade 5 Grand Final – MD Pink Panthers v MD Treemen
Referees: MCC Mashups

Thursday 5th Dec
Grade 1 Grand Final – MCC Steel v Dromana Devils
Referees: Wilco’s Warriors

Grade 2 Grand Final – Bayswater Braves v MCC Maulers
Referees: MD Champs

Grade 3 Grand Final – MCC Maniacs v MD Crocs
Referees: MD Alligators

Please email the results of each grand final to results@es-ra.com.au

Good luck to all teams, but more importantly please make sure everyone has a great night (including the Reffs!)

Spring 2020 Team Submission

Teams for the upcoming season may be submitted through the online form (for individual teams) – http://es-ra.com.au/team-submission/

Venue co-ordinators may email their teams in to results@es-ra.com.au