Albany News 23rd August 2018

by Pat Sharp

Well what a week that was for Manx tennis and 4 juniors from our club.

The winners of IOM Road to Wimbledon – Charlotte Clarke (13) and Roch Mirski (13) played all week in the county round robin with both qualifying for the knockout stages. Charlotte was 1stin her group and Roch 2ndin his. This was a first for the Isle of Man.

Then on to the knock-out stage with 32 players left in the girls and boys events. Results for Charlotte were:

bt Isobel Le Clerc (Durham) 6/2 6/0;

bt Annemiek Sterk (N Scotland) 6/4 6/3 in qtr final;

s/final bt Maialen Idiakez (Leicester) 6/1 6/0

…and so to the final on Friday. She was understandably nervous but so was her opponent Jemma Cave (Cheshire). However, Charlotte is a “tough cookie” and is playing good tennis to win this year’s Road to Wimbledon Girls 14 & under singles 6/4 6/3. Such an achievement and she will now play in the Regional event next year. She is so grateful to all her sponsors who gave her the chance to gain match experience in the UK and toughened her up for the harder matches.

Meanwhile Roch was playing well in some tough matches. Results:

2ndrnd. Beat Harry Tweed (Durham) 7/5 6/1;

qtr final bt Bosco La I Ching Chung (Lancs) 7/5 6/1.

In the s/final Roch, despite playing some good tennis, lost to Joseph Logan (W Scot.) 6/1 6/3. Joseph was the eventual Champion.

The whole week has been filled with e-mails, text messages, photos and phone calls back and forth. Such an exciting week for Manx tennis and something that can be built on for the future. Our younger juniors can really see what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. I think both players seem to live at Albany’s Ballaughton Meadows courts!

Club coach, Ian Watson, must take credit for these results – his inspiration and dedication to both players and the rest of the club’s juniors plus their hard work has brought these results and will bring similar results in the future.

Also at Wimbledon were the Isle of Man runners-up Sarah Long (12) and Jayden Go (13), both of Albany, who had a day’s coaching with the runners-up from all the counties which was run by Tim Henman. Jayden and Sarah said they really enjoyed the experience and are sure they have learned a lot.  SEE PICTURES HERE

A Reminder that the Summer Camps are starting next week. These are Red Ball for children aged 8yrs and under:  Tuesday 28 August 9.30am to 11am; Thursday 30th9.30am to 11am; Monday 3 September 9.30am to 11am.

There are also some sessions for Orange (players aged 9yrs) and Green ball players (aged 10yrs) on Tuesday 28 August 1pm – 3pm, Thursday 30 August 1pm – 3pm; Monday 3 September 1pm – 3pm.

All these sessions are £5 per day. There are two sessions for yellow ball players (aged 11 – 13 yrs.) on Wednesday 29 August and Tuesday 4 September from 1pm – 4pm. These sessions are £8 each. To book a place contactianwatsonpts@manx.net