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Hon. Secretary’s report for AGM 22 February 2017


League results:


A team finished 3rd out of 7 teams (1 point behind 2nd place)


B team finished 4th out of 7 (3rd equal with Aston on points)


U16’s came 8th out of 8 (but showed definite improvement as the season progressed)


U18’s currently 4th equal with Warley – league finishes mid-March


Once again, we owe enormous thanks to our hard working Hon. Water Polo Secretary, Richard Brough for organising all the teams, entries, results, and everything else that enables the club to continue to play year on year. We would be lost without him. In November Richard reached the final 3 in the Midlands Unsung Sports Hero of the year competition, run by Midlands Today, which recognises volunteers who have made exceptional contributions towards local sports. This involved a film crew, both at Richard’s factory and at the pool, where a number of members spoke movingly about what he means to the club. Several committee members, and current and past members and players, enjoyed a very special evening with him at the presentation event at Villa Park on 30 November. Whilst he didn’t win the ultimate prize (went to a volunteer who was just retiring from teaching youngsters to swim - fair enough really as he was 83 and had been doing it for 40 years), it was a huge achievement to get to the final, and Richard now knows without doubt how valued he is by us all. Huge congratulations Richard, and thanks to Rebekah for submitting the nomination and organising the whole thing - many things that happen in our club wouldn’t if it wasn’t for her, and we are very grateful.


The annual fun match took place on 22 June and produced the usual obligatory chaos, total disregard for the rules, and downright cheating! Thanks to Rebekah Hannah once again for organising the event, which ended in, yes, yet another draw! What well balanced teams Rebekah manages to draw up each year! Or was it Chris Greenhill’s brilliantly creative (but completely unbiased, of course) refereeing which once again engineered the traditional outcome. Thanks Chris, and everyone who came along and joined in the fun.


At the annual School & U18 v Old Boys night in October, the Old Boys won the relay race and the School & U18’s won the match.


Race Night on 14 October was well attended, superbly organised by our Membership Secretary & Treasurer, Dianne, who also collated and circulated the results after the event, thanks Dianne.


Our Awards & Social evening on 19 November was very well supported; thanks all of you who joined us. Special thanks to everyone who very kindly donated food and prizes, and those who helped with setting up or clearing away. Extra special thanks to Chris and Richard Brough for organising the raffle, Ken Gower for doing a splendid job as MC and also compiling and delivering the annual quiz, as Ade was unable to join us this year.


Awards for race night winners were presented to those who were in attendance. It was a particular pleasure to see many of our youngsters and their parents there – we hope you had a good time.


The Allison trophy for the most improved swimmer was awarded to Nieve Cox, The Richard brough trophy to Pav Gill, most improved U16 water polo player to Vyom Patel, players’ player of the year trophies to Alun Richards for the U18 team, Pav Gill for the B team and jointly to Jason Culloo and Scott Ginder for the A team.


The U16 tournament was held on 16 December. Unfortunately only one other team was able to compete, which was Warley, who won the match and the trophy.


The annual under/over 21 match was played on 6 January 2017 and produced a hotly contested battle, full of action, which was ultimately won by the U21’s by 21 goals to 20. Many thanks to Philip Swann for again organising the fish and chip supper back at the Club House.


Thank you to all you wonderful volunteers who give up your precious time for our club – coaches, swimming teachers, committee members, tablers, those who pitch in and help at events and those who give help with transport to matches, especially for the younger teams. There are always jobs that need more volunteers and we are always very grateful for any help, so please don’t hesitate to let us know if you’d like to join in – you’ll be welcomed enthusiastically and appreciated enormously.


Hope to see some of you at the AGM.


All the best to all our members and friends for 2017,


Lorraine Hughes, Hon. Secretary