Attending; Bernie Gill (BG), Cindy Gill (CG), Andy Light (AL) ES Board Member, Andy Parton (AP), Bob Houldsworth (BH). Neil Rodda (NR), Mike Farrington (MF), Peter Gill (PG), Alan Connor (AC), Ron Darlington (RD).

1. BG began by welcoming everyone to the meeting & thanked Bob Houldsworth & Markland Hill Sports Club for allowing free use of the meeting room.

2. Apologies for absence were given from Paul Lane, Graham Green, Stephen Greenall, David Fish, Matt Walsh, Peter Withington, Alan Percival, Julian Tomlinson, Alan Edge, Josh Taylor, Steve Hollinrake, Ian Bradburn.

3. BG asked for approval of the minutes of the 2017 AGM which was proposed by BH and seconded by AP.

4. Matters arising. BH raised again the lack of L1 coaching courses in the North West. He reiterated that by the time we knew about them they were oversubscribed, also too expensive. CG said that Josh Taylor had not come back to us after speaking to Kevin Stewart but BG pointed out that Josh could arrange a course as long as the numbers were sufficient i.e. ten or twelve. After the last AGM there were no requests for LSRA to arrange one. BH again raised the cost and NR asked if ES would subsidise. AL pointed out that the cost was for two coaches over two days with assessment to follow and that Cheshire raised funding to help with the cost. He would however would raise the questions with ES.

5. BG then gave the county report which included information on the juniors as they had no one in attendance, (see app a.). RD raised the question of age group categories only having a limited number of games & suggested that round robins should be played. BG replied that if there were sufficient entries then a plate would be played, ensuring that everyone would then be guaranteed at least 2 matches.

6.The treasurer PL had given his apologies, so the accounts were distributed for approval. BG gave a summary of items and asked for approval.

7. The meeting was asked to adopt the accounts which was approved by RD and seconded by AC.

8. ICC team reports from Julian Tomlinson and Ian Bradburn were read by BG in their absence (see app b.) and given by NR for the over 60’s and BH for the over 65’s.

9.. There was only one change to the committee. The over 65 captain Alan Edge had aske if BH could take over the running of the ICC team. BG asked BH if he would take it on and BH agreed.

10. The date for the Senior County Closed date was confirmed as 3-4th Nov 2018 venue TBA.

11. A lively discussion on membership & activation took place with BH complaining that clubs were paying for their members who were not receiving the benefits, most importantly the insurance, because they had not activated their membership. He suggested that a club administrator should have the ability to activate those members that were declared by the club. AL undertook to raise the subject on behalf of the clubs.

12. Any other business. BG reminded the meeting that the Andy Gill Memorial event was taking place at Rochdale Sports Club commencing 25th August with the Finals on Sunday 2nd September.

The meeting closed at 2105 with BG thanking everyone for their contributions.

Appendix a.



The season started badly with the resignation of the new chairman for personal reasons. The Vice Chairman agreed to take over again in order to steady the ship.

Once again, the star performer was Laura Massaro who continued to perform on the world stage, being currently ranked 4 in the world.

The Inter County Championships were a complete shambles from start to finish. The highlights being the Men’s 1st team retaining their Premiership status despite losing Matt Sidaway to the attractions of Boston & working with Nick Taylor. Congratulations to Charlie Cowie, Julian Tomlinson, Isaac Rawcliffe, Ryan Atherton & Carlton Oldham who made the big step up from junior to senior competition for the first time. The Over 35’s & 45’s withdrew in Stage 1 & were therefore unable to play later. The Over 50’s gained promotion to the Premier Division. The Over 55’s finished 3rd in the Premier Division and the Over 60’s 1st team won the Premier Division while the 2nd team gained promotion. The Over 65’s 1st team came 2nd in Stage 1 as did the 2nd team in a separate section. Unfortunately, due to “the beast from the East” Stage 2 didn’t take place. The Ladies all suffered through injuries and lack of players the Over 40’s had to withdraw from Stage 1 & the Over 50’s came 4th in Stage 1 only to find Stage 2 cancelled.

The Men’s County Closed event took place at Rochdale in March. The major disappointment was the lack of Ladies willing to enter the events. The Open was won for the first time by Isaac Rawcliffe who was too sharp for Wigan’s Ryan Atherton. The Over 35’s saw Rochdale’s Richard Mills overcome an “out of sorts” Matt Walsh. Due to limited entries, the Over 45’s, Over 50’s & Over 55’s were combined as a Masters event. Steve Cummings from Rochdale coming back from two down against his rival from Bury to win in the fifth. Alan Connor proved too mobile for Neil Rodda in the Over 60’s, while Phil Shacklady once again beat his Markland Hill mate Bob Houldsworth in the Over 65’s.

Junior development continued under the guidance of Peter Withington & Dave Scurlock. The loss of Matt Sidaway as county coach was a setback early in the season but several Lancashire juniors played in the NWCSL and managed to win matches against more experienced opponents. The Junior Closed was sponsored by Xpressive Interiors & Zylocity and held at the National Squash Centre with the help of parents & Giles Cook. The winners were as follows: Under 19 Boys, Carlton Oldham who beat Callum Brocklehurst, Under 17 Boys, Finnlay Withington who beat Sam Lawrenson, Under 15 Boys, Lawrence Cull who beat Matthew Major & under 13 Boys, Harry Whittles who beat Max Cadman. The Girls winners were Under 15, Saran Nghiem who beat Kara Lawrenson, Under 13, Charlie McCrone who beat Martha Hodgson & Under 11, DannishVine who beat Alex Edmed.

The Junior Inter Counties had mixed results, the boys Under 11 to under 19 all reached Stage 2, but only the Under 11’s reached the Finals, coming 3rd. The girls could only field under 11 & 15 teams, the Under 15’s reached stage 2 but could not reach the Final.

Bernie Gill

Chairman, LSRA.

Appendix b.

From Julian Tomlinson.

Lancashire men’s 1st team were again competing in the premier division with the top 8 counties in the U.K.

The goal was to stay in the division however it would prove difficult with the loss of two key players the experienced Peter Billson and Matt Sidaway.

It was a young side with three players (Carlton Oldham, Isaac Rawcliffe and Charlie Cowie) being 21 or under alongside Julian Tomlinson and Ryan Atherton.

A tough first match against reigning champions Sussex saw the side lose 4-1 with Ryan being the only winner which set up a clash with Essex to decide which team would go down.

Early 3-0 wins from Carlton and Ryan set up Isaac to take the win. He duly won 3-0 to help keep Lancashire in the division!

A dead rubber followed on Sunday morning against Surrey which Lancashire lost 4-1 but the goal had already been attained as Lancashire finished 6 of 8 to stay in the division.

From Ian Bradburn.

Lancashire O55s were unable to retain the title due to players being away or injured for the finals weekend in Pontefract, the date of which changed many times. Thanks, should go to Barry Stringer and Eric Mowinski who stepped in at the last minute to help beat Northumbria to finish third in the group. Allen Day, Andy Heller, Steve Johnson and Keith Murray also played. Avon beat Essex in the final.

Our 3 men team in the O60s, Allen Barwise, Steve Johnson and myself beat Surrey in the semis 3/0 and defeated our old rivals Yorkshire 2/1 in the final to clinch the Championship.