The IOMLTA PokerStars Tennis Mixed Doubles League 2018


Div 1:

Crowe Clark Whitehill Castletown A beat Albany A 5-1:

Craig Blackwell/Kirree Ronan beat Tim Davies/Jane Reynolds 6-1 6-4. Rob Mason/Méjeaan Brümmer drew with David Bufton/Kirsten Hall 4-6 6-2. Blackwell/Ronan beat Bufton/Hall 6-1. Mason/Brümmer beat Davies/Reynolds 6-1.

Albany A lost to Douglas A 2-4:

Jayden Go/Charlotte Clarke lost to Stewart Swann/Karen Faragher 3-6 3-6. David Bufton/Alison Parker beat Victor Pacaco/Tania Thomas 7-6 6-2. Go/Clarke lost to Pacaco/Thomas 5-7. Bufton/Parker lost to Swann/Faragher 0-6.

Castletown A drew with Albany A 3-3:

Match played tonight – 21 August 2018 – scores to follow next time.

**Douglas A v Albany A – Monday 27 August 2018 at 6.30pm at Douglas**

Well done A Team – Good Luck with your forthcoming matches.


Div 3:

Ramsey B lost to Albany B 2-4:

Adam Davies/Helen Brooks lost to Nerijus Gricevicius/Lisa Horsfall 0-6 1-6. Kevin Drewry/Ellen Barker drew with Ben Cunningham/Aailish Kelly 5-7 6-4. Davies/Brooks beat Cunningham/Kelly 6-0. Drewry/Barker lost to Gricevicius/Horsfall 3-6.

Castletown D v Albany B – cancelled due to rain.  Rescheduled for Monday 3 September 2018.

**Douglas C v Albany B – Thursday 23 August 2018 at 6.30pm at Douglas**

Team – Nerijus Gricevicius/Aailish Kelly and Ben Cunningham/Jackie Russell

Well done B Team – Good Luck with your forthcoming matches.


As we approach the final week of matches in the Summer Leagues, I am delighted to be able to report that we have, so far, won three Leagues this Summer.

The Albany Ladies did a superb job of heading up the two Women’s Divisions, with Albany A winning Division 1 with a match still to play and Albany B winning Division 2 after playing the decider against the Ramsey Ladies.

So huge CONGRATULATIONS to the Women’s Albany A Team – Laura, Alison K, our newest recruit Alison P, Kath, Katie, our Junior Charlotte, Jane & another of our Juniors Aailish – Captained by Jackie Russell (non-playing, of course).  Final match to be played on Monday 9 July.

Also CONGRATULATIONS to our Albany B Team – non-playing Captain Karen Kelly and the team – Jane, Kirsten, Lisa, Aailish, Jackie, Kath and Katsuyo!

There has also been success in the Men’s Division 3, with the Albany C Team winning the Division, also with a match still to play.  CONGRATULATIONS – Stuart, Rob, Paul, Ben, Ian C, Roch, Jayden, and Captain Robby.  Final match to be played on Thursday 12 July

Results still to be announced in the Men’s Division 1 where the Albany A Team had some close matches against the Castletown and Douglas Teams.  Still to play their final matches are the Albany B Team and the Albany D Team.

It has been a successful Summer for the Albany Teams.  There have been a few struggles with availability and communication, but on the whole this is improving.  We will shortly be starting the Summer Leagues with only two teams.  It is always difficult to negotiate the Summer months, and already Kirsten has found a number of people unavailable for the first match in Division 1, so probably the right decision!  Good luck to all those taking part.

Jackie Russell (Club Captain)


21st to 28th April 2018

Castletown LTC

Tournament Organiser – Neil Ronan (

IOMLTA PokerStars Summer Men’s and Women’s Leagues 2018

We are due to start the Summer Leagues next week:

There will be 4 Divisions in the Men’s League, and 2 Divisions in the Women’s League:

Men 1: Albany A, Castletown A, Castletown B, Douglas A (Captain – Ian Watson)
Men 2: Albany B, Castletown C, Douglas B, Ramsey A (Captain – Tim Davies)
Men 3: Albany C, Douglas C, Douglas D – (Captain – Robby Orr)
Men 4: Albany D, Douglas E, Port Erin A, Ramsey B (Captain – Yannis Xirotyris)

Women 1: Albany A, Castletown A, Douglas A (Captain – Jackie Russell)
Women 2: Albany B, Castletown B, Douglas B, Ramsey A (Captain – Karen Kelly)

Match Format is:
Pairs 1 play two standard tie-break sets against each other.
Pairs 2 play two standard tie-break sets against each other.
Each pair 1 plays opposite pair 2 one standard tie-break set.

League Organiser – Ron Sibthorpe, Tel: 628773 or 493239, E-Mail:

Club Captain – Jackie Russell, Tel: 414349, E-Mail:

Congratulations Bryan Volunteer of the Year Award 2017

Congratulations to Albany LTC President – Bryan Sharp – who was recently awarded Volunteer of the Year 2017 in the Isle of Man (County) – British Tennis Awards. Seen here receiving his Award from the IOMLTA Secretary Jackie Russell, along with winners from the recent NedGroup Junior Tournament held at Albany LTC.

Towards the end of last year, all Isle of Man Tennis Clubs were provided with information on how to take part and celebrate outstanding contributions in the communities, in the British Tennis Awards.

Bryan was nominated in the Volunteer Category:

After being a hard working member of Albany LTC for 55 years – coach, referee, tournament organiser, club maintenance officer, and a club captain over those years, plus Club President, Bryan has influenced Albany Tennis Club in so many ways, and at 84 he still does (clearing leaves from the courts, so others can play) and he still plays tennis once a week.

The British Tennis Awards were launched in 2015 with the help of former LTA president Cathie Sabin OBE, this is the first Award to be made on the Isle of Man. Hopefully we will have a few more nominations at the end of this year, for the 2018 Awards!


It will soon be time to start thinking about the Summer Leagues 2018.  It would be good to get four men’s teams and two women’s teams out again.  I believe we have the committed players to do so.

The matches are due to take place from the beginning of April through to July 2018.

Could you please e-mail me to confirm your willingness and availability to play in the Summer League 2018 –  Many thanks.

Once we get an idea of who is interested we will also be looking for Captains to run the teams.  Last year I was very clear, no Captain, no team.  This is also the policy this year.

I look forward to hearing from you.

IOMLTA Poker Stars Winter Doubles Tennis Leagues 2017/2018 Division 1

The Winter League is always a tricky one to negotiate, and this winter was no exception in Division 1.  With just three teams taking part – Douglas A, Albany A and Castletown A – each team was scheduled to play one of the opposing teams four times, thus giving eight fixtures per team.  Unfortunately Castletown A had to pull out of the League, as they were struggling to get players, leaving just Douglas and Albany.  Out of the three matches played – two were not fully completed due to weather conditions, but still scored points.  Albany A conceded their final match as they too were struggling with player availability!

Thank you Alison on a valiant effort organising the teams, and to everyone who took part in the matches.  The good news is that there will be no Winter League 2018/2019!

Albany A beat Douglas A 3-1. Garreth Roome/David Bufton drew with Stewart Swann/Steph Joyce 6-3 5-7. Charlotte Clarke/Alison King beat Tania Thomas/Seraphina Batty 7-5 6-4. The Mixed pairs matches were prevented by rain.

Douglas A beat Albany A 6-0. Stewart Swann/Steph Joyce beat David Bufton/Stuart Colligon 6-1 6-1. Karen Faragher/Seraphina Batty beat Charlotte Clarke/Jackie Russell 6-0 6-3. Swann/Faragher beat Bufton/Clarke 6-2. Joyce/Batty beat Colligon/Russell 6-1.

Albany A lost to Douglas A 1-3. Ian Watson/Garreth Roome drew with Stewart Swann/Steph Joyce 2-6 6-2. Charlotte Clarke/Kirsten Hall lost to Karen Faragher/Seraphina Batty 1-6 1-6. The Mixed Doubles sets could not be played as the courts became slippery.


The IOMLTA Prize Presentation Night was held on Saturday 11 November at Albany, and it was great to see a good turn out of Albany League Players collecting their trophies and showing the strength and talent at Albany LTC. It has been a successful year (2016/17) with great commitment and momentum, winning 7 League Titles along with the Todmorden Cup.   Here are the final results of all the Teams:


IOMLTA Poker Stars Summer Mixed Tennis Leagues 2017 Final Placings

Last year we managed to entered three Teams in the Summer Mixed League. The weather definitely hindered progress for all the Teams / Leagues and the final matches were being played well into October!
So it’s congratulations to Karen Kelly and the Albany C Team who secured victory in their final game against the Ramsey B Team, and became Division 4 Champions. Well done to all those who played – Chris Reynolds, Jaden Go, Roch Mirski, Clare Skelcher, Aailish Kelly, Danny Murphy, Robby Orr, Katsuyo Yamazaki, Jackie Russell, and their non playing Captain – Karen Kelly.

Next to secure their title was the Albany B Team, captained by Kirsten Hall. Again it was down to the final game, which Castletown conceded giving Albany victory in Division 2. Well done to all those who played – Stuart Colligon, Garreth Roome, Charlotte Clarke, Tim Davies, Paul Reid, Kath Kermode, Lisa Horsfall, and their playing Captain – Kirsten Hall.

The last to play and secure victory were the A Team, captained by Alison King – once again it was all down to the final match, played on Monday 30 October. Well done to all those who played – Ian Watson, Laura Feely, Charlotte Clarke, Sean Drewry, Garreth Roome, Sarah Breed, Jim Travers, and their playing Captain – Alison King.

Well done to all the Teams, and especially our Captains – Karen, Kirsten and Alison for coping so well with the frustrating conditions!

The IOMLTA Supper and Prize Presentation Night was held on Saturday 11 November at Albany, and it was great to see a good turn out of Albany League Players collecting their trophies and showing the strength and talent at Albany LTC. It has been a successful year (2016/17) with great commitment and momentum, winning 7 League Titles along with the Todmorden Cup.

Please continue to do your best to support the Leagues and Captains, especially communicating your availability as early as possible.