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.

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