by Pat Sharp 13 March 2019

The Albany Junior OPEN tournament was completed during the week

Results: mixed singles 9 & under – winner Magnus Benson, r/up Sonny Martin.

Girls 14 & under – Gr. A – winner Aalish Kelly, r/up Caitlin Henery; Gr B winner – Sarah Long r/up Ava Austerberry. Semi-finals Aalish bt Ava, Sarah bt Caitlin; final Sarah Long bt Aalish Kelly 4/6 6/3 (10-8). Boys 14 & under winner Jayde Go, r/up Ben Mitchell. Girls 18 & under – winner Sarah Long, r/up Aalish Kelly. Boys 18 & under winner Jack Christian, r/up Jayden Go

Charlotte Clarke (13) has recovered from her knee injury and re-starts her career with a trip to Bolton this weekend to play in a Grade 3 – 14 & under event. Good to see her back on the court.

Will the remaining 30 – 40 members who have not taken their membership renewal notices left in a box I the indoor court please do so and save the club the high cost of postage. When completed you can post it in the white box in the clubroom – and thereby save yourself postage. Memberships are due for renewal by 31 March.

On Wednesday, at the club, Bryan and I, plus David Kennaugh had a very pleasant re-union with a former island junior player Trudi Barua, who is on the island sorting out family matters following the sad death of her mother Carole. We haven’t seen Trudi for at least 30 – 35 years so there was a lot to talk about. Having been a player before the development of Albany’s facilities, she was very impressed and is coming to the club on Saturday to watch the Mini Red coaching. She lives in the south of England but said she is tempted to return to the Island. I do hope so – she would be a great asset to the club.

John – I’ll try and get a photo of us with Trudi on Saturday.

I’ve got my new camera!!