Albany News 22nd February 2018

by Pat Sharp

A reminder to all members that whilst there is Mini tennis coaching on Saturdays, this is only from 12 – 2pm and is indoors, so as the weather improves the outdoor courts are available for members. We would also welcome the parents of the mini tennis members who may want to try tennis or take up the game again to have a knock on the outside courts whilst your children are being coached inside.  If you want more details, contact me 861497 (mob 498597) or e-mail

The Nedgroup Junior OPEN tournament – forms are now available in the clubhouse.

Events are: U8, U9, U10, U12, U18 singles and U10, U12 and U18 mixed doubles.

Entries close Sunday 11 March – entries accepted by e-mail to or place your entry form in the white post box inside the clubhouse.

We are now accepting entries and supper orders for the annual Albany Quiz Night which this year will be held on Friday 23 March in the club lounge. You can e-mail – entry fee is £5 or with fish & chip supper £12 incl. and sausage & chip supper £9.

Please will all members using the indoor court and having the lights on make sure they are switched off if no one follows you in for a later booking. They have been left on overnight recently and this is an expensive waste of money for the club.

One of our juniors, Charlotte Clarke (12) spent seven days training at an academy in Tenerife during half term – foregoing a very popular skiing trip that her school and classmates went on at the same time! Her day involved two hours of strength and fitness work and 4 hours of tennis training. Charlotte worked with coaches from Spain and Russia (who thankfully spoke English). With the advantage of good weather, there was little downtime and the work rate was very intensive. Charlotte now hopes to put all this practice into good use in her forthcoming tournament in Widnes on 3 March with her travel costs being sponsored by Nedbank Private Wealth. Charlotte is extremely grateful for this sponsorship plus similar offers from Cubbin & Bregazzi Ltd, Tower Insurance Ltd and a club member’s private offer.

Albany News 15th February 2018

by Pat Sharp

Firstly, some dates for your diary. The Annual Quiz Night will be held at the club on Friday 23rd March starting at 7pm. The usual fish or sausage and chip suppers will be on offer. We will be holding a raffle so donations of chocolates, wine etc. would be welcomed.

Our Friday Ladies all enjoy their tennis but also keep busy with social events. The Summer Lunch will be held this year on Friday 15th June in the club lounge. On Friday 6th July they will be holding the popular Strawberry Coffee Morning with the money raised being donated to Manx Breast Cancer Support Group. The usual Harvest Lunch is planned for Friday 12th October. More details of all these events will follow nearer the time, but please try to support at least one event.

The first junior event of the season will be the Nedgroup OPEN Junior tournament. This will be held from 17th to 24th March. Entry forms will be available next week and we are looking for good entry numbers in all age groups. This is OPEN to all island junior players and visitors. So, if your cousin in Bootle plays invite them over!

Talking of juniors some of our youngsters have been away in half-term training or competing. One is Charlotte Clarke (12) who is training 6hrs a day in Tenerife at a Spanish tennis school. Can’t think of a better way to hone your skills than Spanish coaching – maybe with Rafa Nadal!! – would be nice (for me anyway!).  Charlotte wishes to embark on tennis as her career and this requires a lot of trips to the UK to gain the ranking points needed to gain entry to National events. To help with this, some generous companies and individuals are offering her sponsorship and once her programme is planned I can give more details. It doesn’t really need saying but Charlotte, her parents and coach are extremely grateful for this offer of support. Tennis is a difficult sport to pursue as a career when living on the island as almost all competition must be off island, but she is determined so I wish her luck.

Our club coach, Ian Watson is also looking for some sponsorship with the idea of taking an Albany Junior squad away to a tournament so if anyone is interested in helping please contact me or Ian for more details.

The club has a quantity of used balls for sale – they are well worn, probably have a nice “scent” and are ideal for dogs. A bag of 20 costs £5 – ring 861497 to arrange collection or delivery. Or you could rinse them in the washing machine and they would be ideal for children

Reminder to all members – your membership is due for renewal on 31st March 2018 – renewal before that date will qualify you for a discount. All renewal forms will be in named envelopes in a box in the club room in 2 weeks time. Prompt renewal will help our membership secretary, Jan Gaskill.


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.

Albany News 1st February 2018

by Pat Sharp

Well a lot of hard work went in to last Friday’s ‘Night at the Races’ and the result was another £1,000 for the club’s important maintenance funds. Yes, the indoor court is 24yrs old and the clubhouse 16yrs, so we have to expect some parts of our club will need work  in the next few years. However, a social evening like a Race Night is good fun and a pleasant way to fundraise.

Many thanks to David Bufton, Stuart Colligon, Jackie  Chinn, Jan Gaskill, Jackie Russell and Robbie Orr for the various duties they took care off and Clare on lights! Also many thanks to John of Morrison’s Photos Ltd for being MC, Auxesia (, Panacea (, Edward Bryan Removals ( and several members for sponsoring the races. The Terrace Chippy provided our lovely chip suppers.

As this was a fund-raising event it reminded me that over the 50yrs the club has been at Ballaughton we have raised money in so many different ways. This thought was prompted by a letter I found whilst sorting out club history info. It was from the LGB (Malcolm Watson) Planning officer and dated 17 February 1967. It thanked the club for it’s offer of 200cubic yards of top soil at 17/6 per cu yard. YES we sold anything that we could and scrounged materials for building the courts ie the old Victorian red brick Sea Terminal is under court 1. The driver was taking all demolition rubble to Ballahot but a chat with our site supervisor diverted it to Ballaughton! Probably many of a newer and younger members have no idea that what went on at the “club” in the late 60s. Hard work but great fun and so well worth it when we enjoy the facilities we have today.

Sad news – Our older members will be sad to learn of the sudden death of Harold Crellin – a stalwart at the Peel Town Cup years ago. I’m sure everyone who knew him and his wife, Pat will send her their condolences. As yet I don’t know the funeral arrangements.

All junior/mini club coaching will be suspended during half-term and re-start from Monday 19th February.

A reminder to members and non-members – we have used tennis balls for sale – a bag of 20 “lovely smelly ones” for £5. Contact Pat – 861497 or e-mail


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.

Albany News 19th January 2018

by Pat Sharp

It’s been a busy time at the club for many members and we still have A Night at the Races on Friday 26 January from 7pm.  As usual members are slow claiming a seat and a supper – 45 is the maximum so hurry and contact Robby Orr  to order your fish and chips (£10)  or sausage and chips(£8) suppers. We have to have the numbers by next Thursday (25th). You can e-mail your orders to If you want to sponsor a race, owner, trainer or jockey please contact me or any committee member. This is a great “fun night” and can be profitable for some. The racing is provided by Morrison Photos Ltd.

Last Friday the Friday Morning Ladies had their belated Christmas Lunch at The Hawthorn Inn, Greeba, which had been postponed in December due to the heavy snowfall. Organised by Val Worth and Gill Smith with 26 attending it was yet another good social event. They kept the Christmas atmosphere with crackers, turkey and plum pudding. The Friday Morning Ladies – yes we still say Ladies not women) has been a successful and popular section of Albany since the early 1990s . It was formed as a follow-on from coaching by Bryan Sharp and arranged for mums who had children being coached Playing from 10am – 12noon every Friday throughout the year they have welcomed new residents and others wanting to return to tennis. They don’t just play tennis – several times a year there are coffee mornings or lunches which raise funds for various charities ie Breast Cancer NOW and Macmillan Cancer Support. Some play in The British Heart Foundation annual tournament and all turn up regularly for whatever is on. It’s an ideal group to welcome new residents in to the Manx community and for old friends who don’t play to stay in touch.

The club held it’s annual Sponsors Lunch on Wednesday to say “Thank You” to the companies and individuals who support the club throughout the year. An excellent lunch was organised, prepared and served by Jan Gaskill, Fran Shacklock, Val Partington, Bridget Stewart and Lisa Horsfall – many thanks to them for making it another successful event.

We have the winter league still being played, The Quiz Night in March plus club sessions on Tuesday evenings, Wednesday and Sunday mornings and all junior coaching is underway.

Albany News 21st December 2017

by Pat Sharp

The club has received some very good news this week when Nedbank Private Wealth confirmed a £1,000 sponsorship, with which the club will buy a ball machine.

Club Coach, Ian Watson is delighted and said:  “This will be a great addition to Albany tennis to both junior and senior members.  It will obviously be a great aid to coaching/training our juniors. Members will be able to use it privately to practice and improve their game. The model hasn’t been selected yet but we intend to have one that will be mains operated in the indoor court and also with a battery facility for wireless use on the outdoor courts. Trailing electric cables are not desirable when playing tennis!  It is expected to be put to good use throughout the year”

We will have an official ‘switch on’ and details for that will be announced once the machine is here.  The Club is extremely grateful to Nedbank Private Wealth and Cathy Cowin, Senior Marketing Executive, for setting up this sponsorship.

One of our juniors, Charlotte Clarke (12) is forsaking the Christmas festivities and will be travelling to the UK on Boxing Day, to compete in her first National Qualifying event in Bolton. At this level competition is very high but if she can get through qualifying and go into the main draw this will be such a big achievement. No pressure Charlotte!! This is her first opportunity to attempt reaching a National event. I’m sure everyone who knows her will know how hard she trains and works with her coach and will wish her “Good Luck” in the next level of her tennis career. She recently travelled with the IOM Women’s team to play Winter County Cup and won  her singles and doubles with Alison King when the Isle of Man beat the Channel Islands.

Our annual Race Night will be held on Friday 26 January and I would like to hear from members who could gain race sponsorship from their very nice bosses and/or will take a race sheet to sell owners, jockeys and trainers. I will be sending out an e-mail regarding suppers, raffle etc next week.


Albany News 6th December 2017

by Pat Sharp

Will all juniors and mini tennis members please note that the last coaching session before Christmas will be Friday 22 December so mini reds your last weekend session is Saturday 16th. Coaching will re-start as from Saturday 13th January 2018.

Please remember that you are members of the club and can play on the outdoor courts during the holiday as long as there is a parent/ adult supervising. The Mini Red sessions on Saturdays at 12 noon have a few places for beginners. Children age 4yrs and upwards can attend for three free sessions. If they wish to continue you will be invited to be a member and your joining fee will cover the cost of the training, All sessions are held in the club’s indoor court. Anyone interested can contact the club coach Ian Watson e-mail or me Racquets are provided and soft non-marking trainers must be worn.

Correction to last week’s report the Race Night will be held on Friday 26th January. With John of Morrison’s Photos providing the entertainment. There will be the usual fish or sausage and chips suppers. We will announce the Annual Quiz Night date shortly; this is likely to be in March.

There are leaflets in the club showing all tournaments – both club and IOMLTA – plus social events for 2018. Please take a copy and plan your holidays so that you don’t miss the tournaments. The committee are looking for extra entries next year.

The annual Sponsors’ Lunch will be held on Wednesday 17 January. This is when the club says ‘Thank You’ to all the companies and individuals who support the club, competitions, our coaching programmes and the upkeep of our facilities.

The Island Games Christmas Craft Fayre last Saturday in the club lounge raised £250 for the travel costs of the Isle of Man tennis team travelling to Gibraltar in 2019. It was a little disappointing that more island tennis players didn’t turn up and buy some of the wonderful crafts on sale or at least have a go in the raffle. Whilst most of us won’t be selected we should all support our sport. Hannah and Daphne Snidal work tirelessly on fund raising so let’s support them. I’m sure it’s not too late to make a small donation next time you see them.