Minutes of Meeting held at Broadway
Sunday, 11th March 2012 at 7.30 pm
Present: Les Hill, Janet Cliffe, Nigel Cross, Paul Hawgood, John Harris, John Harrison, Dave Savage, Linda Eccleston
Apologies: Janet Chelton, Janet Chelton, Janet Chelton
Minutes of last meeting
These were read and approved at the meeting. There were no matters arising.
Janet unable to attend meeting but sent information to say that there is a bank balance of £1,435.28.
Status of current League positions
Bryn are struggling in Division 1 as indicated, however they do have 2 points which was a walkover from Corpus Christi who had to concede as they could not raise a team. Y Club could not get a team to play Fords so again 2 points were deducted.
In the Men’s 1st Division there are still a number of matches yet to be played:
• Corpus Christi v Fords
• ICI A v Fords
• ICI A v ICI B have not played any of their own respective internal match fixtures.
The Committee noted that this was the 2nd consecutive year that ICI had not completed their ‘inhouse” fixtures. For next year the Committee will insist that both matches will be played in different halves of the season and not left to the end of the season or there will be penalties applied.
The top of Division 2 is very close with any one of 4 teams becoming champions. Vida A/Deane Patel/Sutton B and Bryn B. WBBC are also having problems raising a team and getting their registrations in on time. There haven’t been any problems with late score cards this season. I think it has been easier as these have been sent electronically.
Les to send letter to Y Club re suitably of their hall. Incident at Wesley re hall, one court cancelled for health & safety reasons. Opponent refused to play on other available court therefore delaying games and risk of not completing the match.
Status of Knockout
Vida beat Greenfield by 117.5 points Greenfield were not happy about the handicap and have complained about it. It was worked out by looking at the score sheet from league matches and discounting the level doubles and Vida averaged 17 points per game. However, they had 3 B team players playing so the handicap was increased to 110.5 which was discussed and agreed with John Harris. On the day Vida played to a good standard and with all due respect I did not expect them to win by that margin.
Bryn v Fords was eventually played and Bryn won by 35.5 points.
Bryn v Y Club are due to play on Friday so the final is on schedule to be played on 25th March at 1pm, but as yet no venue is available. However, this is the same day as the Wigan Tournament and Dave asked if this could be played one night during the week instead. After discussions it was decided that this could be played at Sutton one Wednesday evening to be arranged between the 2 clubs concerned. There was also a suggestion that the handicapping be kept in an envelope and only disclosed after the match. To be discussed at AGM for agreement.
Nigel reported that this year there were lower entries but overall a successful day and went very well, except he felt a little guilty over the handicapping after winning one of the events. There were more games played due to more courts being available at Broadway but some problems getting players onto court as many were upstairs which meant Mike making continuous trips to call players. Discussed the possibility of buying a walkie-talkie to alleviate the problem. Some players showed an interest in a Vets tournament, Nigel to email secretaries with a view to running this one night during the week. Nigel wished to thank everyone who helped out on the day and all participants.
This is planned for Saturday 19th May 2012 to be held at Eccleston Social Club. The Dance tickets are being printed and will be sent out next week, priced at £8 for adults and £5 for juniors. The buffet has been booked at a cost of £4.50 per head which includes hot food. The prize for the main raffle will be Decathlon vouchers.
This will be held on Sunday, 22nd April 2012 at the Broadway Badminton Centre. Anyone wishing to help please contact Nigel or Linda.
Any Other Business
The official Launch for the Broadway Badminton Centre was held on Saturday, 3rd March 2012 at 12pm with various activities taking place throughout the afternoon. Sutton Badminton Club held an 18 hour badminton marathon in aid of ‘Alder Hey Imagine Appeal’ which is expected to raise in the region of £500.
St Helens Council’s Launch to take place on Thursday, 12th April 2012 at 2pm with local Council Leaders and BE Chief Executive, Adrian Christy.
Playing up Rule, 50% rule discussed in prior meetings but motion not carried in AGM or recorded in handbook. To be ratified at the AGM.
Paul tabled a letter he proposed to send to Lancashire County re the payment of fees. Linda to forward to committee members.
Les submitted a letter from Greenfield who were taking part in a fundraising event for Sports Relief and requesting a prize donation from the League. It was agreed to make a contribution of £50 for this worthy cause. Janet Chelton to send cheque.
Date of Next Meeting
The next meeting will be the AGM to be held on Thursday 10th May 2012 at 7.30pm at Broadway Badminton Centre. Committee members to meet at 7.00pm.
Secretaries: DS, MO, IG, SP, JN, RS, AM, SN, AB, BW, NW.