With over 50 attendees from teams around the Abingdon & District area our Chairman opened the meeting with the usual business of matters arising, accounts etc.
This year is the 50th season for Aunt Sally and the committee intend to make it one to remember. The committee are already considering a social reunion for players past and present.
The league has seen interest from 9 new teams this season - lets hope they register on the 19th February. We'd love to see more teams in the league.
The full text of the Chairman's report will follow but with the loss of Don Stone (to Cyprus) our printing costs have risen this year. A proposal was set and carried unanimously that registration fees for 2009 will be £30 plus £1 per player with the usual minimum of 11 players per team (hence £41 minimum per team). This was carried by all present as the league needs to finance publicity for its coming season and will raise a further £700-1000. We need to encourage more people to take up the game to ensure its ongoing availability.
One team asked if Green King can be approached for sponsorship - alas they already sponsor many games (Aunt Sally included) in other areas around the county. The Oxford Mail have previously been approached to publish league results but this was not successful. Match results (rather than team score sheets) were also missing from the website scores - teams want to know the match final scores of others in the league.
Questions were raised about the handicap system employed. This is the same system being used for the last 10 years and includes comparison of previous years averages, league positions and is based on the best 8 players averages. Mr Brown (Results Secretary) offered to allow to view this process when it occurs later in the year - we hope to be able to bring you that news later!
A vote was also taken on a proposal from the Landlord of the Brewery Tap that a landlord/lady/steward can be allowed to play for any team if short of players. However if they have an average of 4 or over they will not play for the lower ranked team. This was carried against one vote.
A plea was made to remind callers to be clear when announcing the score (see also Calling under How To Play).
The existing Committee was voted en-bloc to continue with the co-option of Mr Paul Stone, the currrent webmaster, to handle the website and 'PR' as it is.
Mr Brian Collins, one of the last stick and doll makers in the county was in attendance. See Buying Kit for details of equipment and prices.