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.

Albany News 21st March 2018

by Pat Sharp

Nedgroup Junior Open – The continuing cold and windy weather disrupted last weekend’s programme of matches with only the 9 & under Mixed Singles being completed. It was just too windy on court.

Results so far 9 & under mixed singles r/robin:

Hannah Soliven bt Sonny Shipley Martin 10/5, bt Taylor Hodgson  10/8;

Noah Chambers bt Hannah Soliven 10/9, Taylor Hodgson 10/9;

Sonny Shipley Martin bt Noah Chambers 10/8, Taylor Hodgson 10/5.

All these players are fairly new to competition but showed a lot of skill on court. The 8 & under and 10 & under events will be played on Saturday (24th) – Finals Day with other age groups having been completed during the week.

This Friday 23rd March is the Annual Quiz Night and there is still room for one more team to enter. Contact Stuart Colligon by e-mail if you wish to enter and order your supper.

Charlotte Clarke, aged 12, competed last weekend in her first 14 & under girls’ tournament at the Bolton Arena. Charlotte has now started to compete in the next age group and it was a challenging start. This did not deter her playing against girls all ranked higher than her and out of four games managed to come away with a win. This has given Charlotte insight into her next two years of competition and she is very determined to work even harder. She wishes to thank Nedbank Private Wealth for supporting her in this tournament.

Now that our lounge has been re-carpeted and decorated it is proving very popular for other organisations to book it for meetings, courses etc. Also, members book it for children’s tennis birthday parties. A new venture is Yoga classes which commence after Easter. Monday evenings – from 9th to April 25th June 7.15pm – 8.30pm. This excludes TT fortnight (28th May & 4th June). There are also classes on Thursday commencing 12th April – 28th June at 2pm – 3.15pm. The club has an excellent facility and it’s great to see it being used more. Further enquiries for bookings please contact or .



Albany News 15th March 2018

by Pat Sharp

Mini Tennis members please note that on Saturday, at the change over from the 12pm and 1pm groups we will be taking a photo for our Junior & Mini Tennis sponsor – Auxesia Ltd. BOTH groups will be in the photo. Also, if Orange and Green ball players are at the club they will be included. If you already have an Auxesia sponsored shirt PLEASE wear it. If yours is too small bring it and perhaps I can swap yours with a new bigger one for £5. Anyone who doesn’t have a shirt I do have some which are £10. I want to see as many as possible in Auxesia shirts – not football shirts this week please. This photo will be on facebook, Auxesia’s website and Albany’s website – please help us to make a really good photo. The last time we did this in 2016 it was a great photo.

The Nedgroup Junior Open tournament commences on Saturday with Orange ball matches from 10am and Green ball matches starting at 2pm. All players should now have their 1st match times.

It is renewal time again and this is to inform you that your application form is in the club house. Please collect it as the cost of postage is high and it will save the club a significant amount of money. As you may remember, to get the discount payment must be made by 31st March 2018.

Enclosed in the envelope is another form which we now ask you to sign to meet with new GDPR (General Data Protection Regulations), which come into force very soon.  If we do not receive one of these from you (one for each member please, not one per family) we will not be able to use your contact details for any communications regarding club events, coaching, information & newsletters, indoor bookings or in an emergency.  It is, therefore, important that you send it back with your renewal form to – Mrs Jan Gaskill, 40 Ard Reayrt, Laxey IM4 7QP.  

Your co-operation in this matter will save the Membership Secretary a lot of administration and time.



Albany News 8th March 2018

by Pat Sharp

Already our club captain, Jackie Russell, is organising our teams for the summer men’s and women’s leagues. We have registered 4 men’s teams and selected the team captains – Albany A – Captain Ian Watson– home  Mondays; Albany B – Captain Tim Davies– home Wednesdays ; Albany C – Captain Robby Orr  home Thursdays;; Albany D  – Captain Yanni-Ioannis Xirotyris – home Thursdays. We have also registered two women’s teams – captains not selected yet but the Women’s A team will play home matches on Mondays and the B team on Wednesdays. If any members have not let Jackie know they are available please contact her soon by e-mail .

Club Chairman, Stuart Colligon is looking for entries for Quiz Night on Friday 23 March starting at 7pm. Usual fish or sausage and chip suppers. Teams of up to six please, and teams from other clubs would be made very welcome. E-mail your entry and supper order to Stuart at .

Unfortunately, the bad weather last weekend stopped Charlotte Clarke (12) travelling to Widnes for a tournament. However, she has been accepted in to a grade 3 (U14) event in Bolton on 17/18 March. This trip is sponsored by Nedbank Private Wealth.

Final reminder of the closing date for the Nedbank Junior Open is this Sunday 11 March at 5pm. You can e-mail or place entry form and fee in the white post box. Events are U8, U9, U10, U12 and U18. You’ve all been having lots of coaching now let’s see you put it in to practice. Oh! And apologies to those whose coaching was cancelled last weekend – it really was too cold in the indoor court. Now there’s an idea for the juniors – start fund raising to have the court lined for insulation!!

Wednesday 18 July is fixed for the visit of 16 children from Belarus – under the umbrella of the Friends of Children of Chernobyl. They will have 2hrs on court with club coach, Ian Watson and assistants and then have lunch in the club lounge. Norman Rivers, Chairman of the charity is travelling to Belarus later this month to make all the arrangements and he will be taking a quantity of knitted items which are intended for the younger siblings of those that will have the months holiday in the Isle of Man. Another batch of knitted items will be made and ready for them to take home and be used as Christmas presents.  If any members have any oddments of wool, preferably DK, that they have no use for please leave it in the kitchen for me.  The club website (news page) has a picture of the items that are being taken to Belarus this month.


from Pat Sharp

I’ve just finished a large parcel of knitting for Chernobyl children which Norman Rivers is taking when he travels there this month to fix details of this year’s visit.  I am starting another batch which Olga will take back in July for the visitors younger siblings.  Can I make a appeal for any spare wool which members might like to donate?  So far I have bought all the wool myself but it is getting costly. It’s double knitting that I need.

Albany News 1st March 2018

by Pat Sharp

A reminder that our club coach, Ian Watson, is looking to have a good entry in the Nedgroup Junior Open tournament which starts on Saturday 17 March. Entries close on Sunday 11 March. Please put your entries in sooner rather than later so that he can start planning the programme.

You will have read last week that one of our juniors, Charlotte Clarke, has secured some sponsorship towards her travel costs whilst playing in UK tournaments.  Ian is hoping to take a junior squad to a tournament in the UK, but we will need to find a sponsor to help with travel costs. If you have any ideas, please contact Ian or me.

Thinking of sponsorship, I’m sure you will have noticed the banners in the indoor court. Fifteen companies have banners in the indoor court and I do hope members use their services – the companies cover a wide range of services from plumbing, finance or photography to hairdressing, buying a home, or legal services.

If you have a company and would like to join this happy band of sponsors, please contact me on 861497 (mob. 498597) or e-mail . You provide the banner and it costs just £150 per year’s rental. Less than £3 per week!!

We will be having the indoor court professionally cleaned in early April and we will need a working party to clear out all the chairs, coaching equipment etc.  The date for this isn’t fixed yet but you will all be notified when it is arranged.

Lucy Kerr, on behalf of the IOM LTA is hoping to send a IOM Women’s team to Eastbourne (grass courts) for the Over 35s Inter-County Tennis Competition from 3-5 August this year. At this stage she wants to hear from anyone, over the tender age of 35, who is interested in playing and available from 3-5 August.  Surely Albany can find a few players who would like to play at Eastbourne.  Anyone interested should contact Lucy before Friday 9 March, It is hoped to receive some funding from the LTA to help keep the costs to the minimum.  Please email Lucy Kerr on or call on 439192.