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.

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