Albany News – 30th August 2018

by Pat Sharp

First some re-arranged dates – the annual President’s Day – Senior/ Junior tournament will be played on Sunday 7 October starting at 2.30pm (sign in by 2.15pm). This is a yellow ball event. There will be a draw for partners and each senior will play with a junior. Seniors only have a 1stserve, juniors who have played regular league tennis will play as “seniors”. The first stage will be played as round robin stages and champions tie-breaks. Knock out and place play-offs between 4pm and 5pm

Prize presentation 5.30pm followed by FOOD.

Entry forms will be in the clubhouse or enter by e-mail  Entry fee – Seniors £3 and juniors £2.

The club Closed Championships will be held over two weekends – seniors 15 and 16 September and juniors 22 and 23 September. Forms available shortly or enter by e-mail

The re-arranged Equiom Junior Open is now from 13 October to 20 October. More details later.

Some of our players had success in the Ramsey Town Cup last week with Charlotte Clarke winning Women’s singles and Sarah Long runner-up and as partners they won the Women’s Doubles. Sean Drewry won the men’s singles with Nerius Gricevicius runner-up. Nerius was also runner-up in the men’s and mixed doubles

Junior club coaching will re-commence on Saturday 6thSeptember with Red ball at 12noon and 1pm, then other squads from Monday 8thincluding Orange ball Tuesdays from 5.30pm and Wednesdays from 4.30pm.  If you wish to take part or are not sure of the time you should attend please contact the club coach by e-mail

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

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.

Albany News 15th August 2018

by Pat Sharp

Charlotte and Roch have success at Wimbledon !

Great news reached me on Wednesday – Charlotte Clarke (13), representing the Isle of Man in the Road to Wimbledon, 14 & Under Girls had won all three of her round robin matches on Monday and Tuesday with impressive scores 6/0 6/1, 6/3 6/4 and 6/0 6/0. She had a bye in the 1stround of the main Draw, then went on to win her 2ndround match beating Isobel Le Clerc (Durham|) 6/2 6/0 on Wednesday.  Obtaining sponsorship from several companies and individuals for travel has enabled her to gain valuable match experience and she and her parents are extremely grateful for this support.

Meanwhile Roch Mirski (13), playing in the 14 & Under Boys singles was runner-up in his round robin group, so moved in to the knock out stages. He received a bye in the 1stround and beat Harry Tweed (Durham) 7/5 6/1 in the 2ndround. So well done Roch – you and Charlotte are doing Albany proud. Roch is also playing boys doubles with Xingchen Cao (Oxford).

We also have Sarah Long (12) and Jayden Go (13) spending time at Wimbledon where they are having coaching. They will all surely have lots of tales to tell. If anyone knows a company that might sponsor any of these 4 players, please contact me – tel. 861497 or e-mail

Sponsorship is a major form of support for sport these days. It comes in various forms – the banners in the indoor court keep the cost of the court hire (with lights) down to a minimum and we have room for at least five more banners. Support of our juniors travelling to the UK or beyond helps them to become better players. Club Coach Ian Watson, would like some financial help to take an Albany Junior Squad to UK tournaments. So, if anyone can help I’m happy to talk to them or any companies.

Members have been informed, by e-mail, that the scheduled court painting has had to be postponed until late Spring, due to un-foreseen circumstances. For those who don’t read e-mails play on the outdoor courts is available as usual.


UPDATE: Both Roch and Charlotte won further matches to get into their respective semi-finals.  And we’ve just heard today (17thAug) that Charlotte has made it through to her final!!!  Good luck Charlotte!

Albany News 10th August 2018

by Pat Sharp

Albany retained the Todmorden Shield on Sunday which was this year hosted by Castletown TC.

Albany’s Todmorden Champions 2018 !

We fielded a strong team: Ian Watson (Capt.) Jamie Teare, Sean Drewry and Jim Travers for the men and Laure Feely, Charlotte Clarke, Kirsten Hall and Alison Parker for the women. Sadly, Ramsey couldn’t field a women’s team and as the competition is based on games won, not sets, this made quite a difference to the scores. Albany won 71 games, Castletown 47 and Ramsey 4. The trophy was presented to Ian by Richard Kerr of Castletown. David Wilkinson did a great job keeping all the scores up to date. Thanks to Castletown for their hospitality and next year this event which was first played for in 1972, will be played at Ramsey.





With children off school for the summer may I please remind parents that children who are Mini Tennis members and juniors under 13 yrs old must not be left playing at the club unattended by an adult.

The Children of Chernobyl with HE Lieutenant Governor Richard Gozeny


Some of us attended the Farewell Party for the Children of Chernobyl at the Legion Club last Wednesday and had a great time. The 16 children sang various songs – their English is quite good, we had a supper of curry or sausage and beef burgers and chips – ideal for children before they return to the austerity of Belarus. They have all had a fantastic month’s holiday and returned home on Sunday. Albany Friday Ladies and Ian and his coaching assistants have all agreed to welcome them to the club next year. If any members wish to be involved, please let me ( or Jan Gaskill ( know.


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!

Albany News 28th March 2018

by Pat Sharp

Nedgroup Junior Open Finals

At last we were blessed with lovely weather which meant all matches scheduled for the outdoor courts went ahead in the SUN! The 8 & under was played indoors and the final, watched by Simon Spencer (Nedgroup IOM Ltd), was a super match between Magnus Benson (6) and Advath Malikreddy (7) with Adi eventually winning 7-10,10-8, 8-7.  The skill these youngsters showed will turn them in to good players on the full court as they get older.


8 & under

Magnus & Advath

R/robin Group A:  winner Advath Malikreddy 40 pts, r/up Harry Leigh 36 pts; Group B winner: Magnus Benson 30 pts, r/up Abigail Cowell 29pts

Semi finals: Adi bt Abigail 10-2, Magnus bt Henry 10-4;

10 & under

Winner: Orry Farnworth, r/up Greg Kelly;

12 & under

Q/finals: Greg Kelly bt Henry Davies 4/2 5/4, Orry Farnworth bt Lucas Harding 4/0 4/1, Sarah Long bt Cameron Roome 4/0 4/0

S/finals Charlotte Clarke bt Greg, Orry bt Sarah 4/0 5/4 (2);

Final Charlotte bt Orry 4/0 4/0;

18 & under

Q/finals: Jayden Go bt Aalish Kelly 6/0 6/0, Jack Christian bt Sarah Long 6/0 6/0, S/finals Roch Mirski bt Jayden 6/2 6/2, Jack bt Charlotte Clarke 1/6 6/4 (10-7)

Final Jack bt Roch 2/6 6/4 (10-8);

12 & under Doubles

Final: Orry Farnworth/Greg Kelly bt Cameron Roome/Lucas Harding 4/0 4/0;

18 & under Doubles

R/robin: Roch/Charlotte bt Jack/Natalia Gomez 6/1 6/1, Jayden/Aalish bt Jack Natalia 6/3 6/3, Final Roch/Charlotte bt Jayden/Aalish 6/2 6/3.

Prizes were presented by Simon Spencer. (See photo)




The ‘Team With No Name’

Quiz Night last Friday proved a real test for all with “The Team with No Name” i.e. Jackie, Colin & Robert Russell, Robby Orr, Claire Skelcher & Kirsten Hall and Andy Farnworth proving too brainy for the rest of us. R/up  was “Pharmacovigilantes” i.e. Debbie McHoul, Nikki Cleator, Aaron Bell and Michaela Muller.  The event raised £150 for the club’s maintenance funds. (see photo)


A reminder that the indoor court is to be professionally cleaned starting Monday 9 April from 9pm. Members will be advised as soon as the court is available again for play.


All mini and junior coaching ceases during the Easter school holiday and will re-start as from the first day back at school.


Auxesia Ltd., the club’s major sponsors, have renewed their support which is spread across coaching for mini and junior members, the Club Championships and the Autumn Junior Open. (see photo) The committee and members are very grateful to Stuart Colligon and his company for this support – it really does keep the cost of membership, coaching and tournament fees etc to a minimum. We have great facilities, but the running costs are high.

Talking of fees – renewals are due and discounts expire on 31st March.