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REPORT TO CACSSA AGM 10 June 2008
THE SKITTLES CLUB
Previous signs of recovery have stalled somewhat, but the Club remains viable. We maintained the number of teams of the past two years (11) in our Summer League but only 10 teams competed in the Winter League due to the amalgamation of two teams. An eleventh team, combining Bar staff and members from Spirax-Sarco, had to withdraw after a few games.
Registration of players (members) was introduced at the beginning of the Winter season. An E.G.M. in March changed the rule on voting at General Meetings so that each registered member now has a vote (previously one per team). The state of the Club has been promulgated in Newsletters (“The Flattener”) in an attempt to bring the issue to the awareness of the Membership and the main topic at this year’s A.G.M. (7th July) will be on how to encourage new members (hopefully younger) to take up the game. Unfortunately, a proposal to introduce Sunday skittles, as suggested by the Club Steward and supported by the Skittles Club, did not engender enough interest to make this worthwhile.
Competition has again been hard-fought.
not only won the League element of the Summer League but also beat the runners-up, Over the Odds, in the play-off for the Championship. Odds & Ends beat A-Bombs in the match for the Chairman’s Cup, played under front-pin rules. A-Bombs then proceeded to achieve the Winter double of League Champions and President’s Shield Winners, beating Muffin Men into second place in both competitions. Match arrangements throughout the year were efficiently supervised by Brian Wood (Fixtures and webmaster) who together with Patrick Phair (Scorer) and Mike Gange (internal website) ensured results and tables were promptly recorded. A-Bombs
The awards for the Winter competitions were presented at Finals Night by Barrie Wyatt, CACSSA Chairman. One of these was the ‘Jo Green Remembrance Trophy’, presented by her family and given to the Young Player (under 26) with the Best Average in the Winter League. The first winner is Matt Masling.
The competition for Player-of-the-Year attracted an initial 50 entries and was won by Tom Banks who beat Phil Lewis (also last year’s runner-up) 53-51 in the final, the highest scoring game of the whole competition. The second running of the competition for Mixed Pairs attracted only 18 pairs and was won by the organisers, Paul and Elise Collins. Because of the timing of Easter and of the Cheltenham League’s takeover of the alleys we were unable to fit in a clear week for our hoped-for ‘Festival of Skittles’ but all competitions were completed on time as scheduled.
We remain financially sound. Our current position and likely prospects for the future will be discussed at our A.G.M. after which our Treasurer, Richard Morris, will provide our accounts to CACSSA. At this meeting suggestions for new competitions will be considered. The Chairman has indicated he will not be standing for nomination. A new Secretary will also be required.
The policy of using only Family members as Stickers has continued, under the supervision of Gary Lusty, and, in consideration of protests after some late-finishing activities, no sticker is now obliged to stay after 10.15pm. Gary has also organised the stickers for the Cheltenham League competitions and for the C.S. National Finals, held at the Clubhouse.
Support from CACSSA officials and Staff has been exemplary, as always, with particular gratitude to the Club Steward for his continued endeavours to increase interest in our game.
Reg. E. Rowley
Chairman, Skittles Club
for the Skittles Club Committee
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