Constitution updated and AGM minutes uploaded

The SGBA Constitution was amended at the 2013 AGM. The only change that was passed was to move the AGM to January or February of the year following. The AGM minutes have been uploaded too.

Woodbo tournament

If anyone would like to take part in the Woodbo tournament coming up in March, please contact Russ. As long as you didn't play Melvill last year, you are eligible to play. The tournament takes place in Harrismith and is a lot of fun.

Here’s to a great new year!

Good morning and happy New Year to everyone! I trust you had a relaxing break and are keen to make this the best year yet.

I have a few items I need to bring to your attention, one of which I need your guidance please.

1. Registration. Please register through your club and not through the website this year. Having two points of registration made it confusing for some players so we are going back to the tried and trusted method for this year. Everyone who wants to play in the leagues or wants to represent SGBA in 2014 has to register, it is the only way we know who our current players are. I ask for your cooperation in this as we need to get player numbers and commitment as soon as possible. Not only so we can report to BSA but also so we can plan the year better. Please register by April at the latest.

2. Committee changes. At the AGM last year a few changes were made to the committee. Emmanuel Makhele has become our new VP, Russell Stroud has resumed his role as League Secretary and Rose Liebenberg has taken over the Secretary position. I would like to thank Sarah Rice and Marloes Reinink for their tireless efforts and amazing support over the past number of years. For an up to date list of the committee members, please click here for the SGBA website.

3. Awards Ceremony 2013. We started awarding our players again back in 2012 and had another ceremony last year as well. What I would like to know is should we continue? I believe that recognising achievements and dedication is very important and would like to make this part of our badminton calendar every year. However, dinners can be very expensive so perhaps it is time to look at something else. Please help the committee decide on how you view this topic. I’ve listed a few options below but am willing to listen to suggestions.

a. No awards. b. Awards handed out after the SGBA Closed. c. Informal ceremony with light snacks/braai held on a Saturday afternoon. Estimated cost: R50. d. Formal ceremony with dinner and possibly a guest speaker held on a Saturday night. Estimated cost: R250.

All the best for 2014. I look forward to seeing you on court.

Darryll Robinson

SGBA President

SGBA AGM

The SGBA AGM is coming up on 2nd December. It will be held in the Wanderers Tea Room, starting at 19:00.

This year the Executives are up for election. Please think long and hard about who you want representing you and your province. Maybe you might be keen to stand as well. The committee could use all the help it can get.

For a list of the current Executive, please click here.

Melvill update

I apologise for the radio silence over the last few weeks. If you would like a better breakdown of the results, please visit our Facebook page where Russ has diligently posted everything he could get his hands on.

Melvill is finished now and our teams tried their best and represented us well.

The A side came 5th in the A section and the B side finished 2nd in a very competitive C section.

Well done guys and gals!

SALL / BSA Coaching Course

The South African Lower League (SALL) Tournament is being hosted in Pretoria in October this year. Badminton South Africa and the SALL have decided to host a coaching course on Tuesday, 22 October at 14:00 – 16:00 which will be presented by Billy Kuyper, the Director of National Coaching.

If you are interested in taking part, please contact our Coaching Representative, Birgit Hohl. All the names have to be handed in before the tournament starts.

A successful development tournament

Emmanuel Makhele put together a very successful development tournament this past Saturday at the Wanderers. There were over 40 players, most of whom hadn't played badminton before. The comments after the games were all positive with people asking when the next tournament will take place and wanting to know more about playing at a club.

Congratulations to Emmanuel and everyone else who helped out. Thank you for caring about our sport so much.

Cat 1 results

Results from the Cat 1 hosted by SGBA this past weekend:

Men's singles - Andile Zuma
Ladies singles - Michelle Rigby
Men's doubles - Glen Manfred Brothers and Andile Zuma
Ladies doubles - Sarah Rice and Simone Smith
Mixed doubles - Candice and Jason Mann