Albany News 27th July 2017

by Pat Sharp


The club held a successful Open day as part of the LTA initiative “Great British Tennis Weekend” last Saturday with non-members being made welcome. Both adults and children were given coaching and the opportunity to play. The midday Red ball coaching session had 30 children on the four mini tennis courts indoors. Club Coach, Ian Watson was assisted by several members, including three juniors Jay Skelcher-Maxwell, A J Go and Jayden Go and the whole event was put together by Social Secretary, Kirsten Hall, Chairman Stuart Colligon, Welfare Officer Clare Skelcher, helped by Rob Orr. All attendees were given a membership information pack and they will be able to attend three times as a guest before joining. They were also advised on other club activities including club social play sessions and the children’s Summer Camps which start next week. The organisers had been very busy with a BBQ, tennis ball colouring competition etc. Thanks to everyone who helped and took part. I hope everyone enjoyed it.

The fine weather is persuading more members to leave the TV and go to club nights.

Tuesday was a good turn out with 19 players using all four courts.

The other club sessions are proving popular – Wednesdays 10 – 12.30, Friday Ladies 10am – 12noon and Sundays 10.30am – 12 noon.

Finally we have our new carpet in the lounge and on the stairs. My word what a difference and with the decorating done by a member, Nerijus Gricevicius, the club lounge is looking good. It is available for hire by members/non members for children’s parties with tennis, adult family events or organisations’ functions, business meetings, lectures etc. Contact our social Secretary, Kirsten Hall, e-mail

Don’t forget the children’s Summer Camps start next week so contact if you wish to book a place.

Albany News 20th July 2017

by Pat Sharp

The Annual Equiom Junior Open tournament was concluded last Saturday with the 8 and under matches plus older age group semi-finals and finals. At conclusion of play the prizes were presented by Stephen Christian on behalf of the sponsors.


Under 8 singles r/r – Gr.A 1st Nabeel Sheik, 2nd Ale Ramirez, 3rd Ross Grimley. Gr B 1st Sophie Christian, 2nd Henry Leigh, 3rd Muneeb Sheik. S/f Sophie bt Ale 10-6, Henry bt Nabeel 10-2. Final Henry bt Sophie 10-6. 3rd/4th place Ale bt Nabeel 10-9.

Under 12 singles Jayden Go bt Charlotte Clarke 4/2 4/1, consolation final Caitlin Henery bt Aalish Kelly 5/4(6) 4/0. Under 14 singles semi-finals Roch Mirski bt Jack Christian 6/0 6/1, Jayden Go bt Charlotte Clarke 6/2 6/2; Final Roch bt Jayden 6/1 6/2 . Under 14 doubles r/r Jayden Go/Charlotte Clarke bt Orry Farnworth/Greg Kelly 4/0 4/1,  Roch Mirski/Sam Skelcher-Maxwell bt Orry//Greg 4/1 4/0. Best Performance award went to Ben Bosworth.

Summer camps will be held during the school holiday as follows:

Red Ball (6 – 8 yrs) : Mondays -31 July, 14 and 28 August – 9.30- 11am £5 per session. Orange (9-10yrs) and Green Ball (10yrs): Wednesdays 2, 16 and 30  August 12-2pm – £8 per session. Yellow Ball beginners (11-14yrs)        Monday 7 and 21 August  12 – 4pm 10-11.30am) £6 per session) Yellow ball competition players (11-14yrs) Tuesdays 1,15 and 29 August 12 – 4pm £15 per session). To book a place either e-mail or ring 496293

On Tuesday  The Children of Chernobyl made their annual visit to the club for tennis coaching and lunch and it was a great success blessed with lovely weather. Thanks to Ian and his helpers for the on court activities and Jan Gaskill and her team for providing an excellent lunch.

Reminder to all members that the lounge will be out of bounds from Monday for 2 or 3 days whilst we have new carpeting laid plus on the stairs.

Another reminder to ALL members that it benefits you and the club if you become an LTA British Tennis Member. It’s free, you can enrol on the LTA website and it will give you access to the Wimbledon ballot and tickets for other tournaments and the Davis Cup.


Albany News 27th June 2017

by Pat Sharp

Albany Equiom Junior Open – entries close Tuesday 4July at 6pm.

PLEASE put your entries in early – not at the last minute – as the Referee needs to plan the format for the competition and I need to order trophies and t shirts. DON’T forget to put you T shirt size on the form. Entries to :The Entries Secretary, Ballabreck, South Cape, Laxey, IM4 7BY or e-mail : Will last year’s winners please return the Equiom Shields to the club office asap. A reminder that the events are: U8 mixed singles, U9 Boys singles, U9 Girls singles, U10 Boys singles, U10 Girls singles, U12, U14, U18 mixed singles and U12, U14 and U18 mixed doubles. There are plenty of age groups to suit all ages and abilities.

The Carpet Tile competition was drawn last Friday with the Friday Ladies as witnesses.


Mauve tiles – 1st prize – £15 – Christine Morris

                    2nd prize – £10 – Amy Coole

                    3rd prize – tennis balls – Ali Johnston

Green Tiles   1st prize – £15 Gary Corkhill

                    2nd prize – £10 – David Kennaugh

                    3rd prize – tennis balls – Barbara Foley.

Thank you to everyone for their support. The competition raised £300 towards our new lounge carpet.”

News from the Island Games so far is good for our women’s team with Gold in the Team event – (Karen Faragher, Laura Feely, Katie Harris) with Karen also picking up a bronze with Sean Drewry in the mixed doubles. Karen and Laura have also reached the final of the women’s individual doubles and Laura is in the Semi Final of the women’s individual singles. Sadly the men’s team are finding the competition tough.

Albany News 5th July 2017

by Pat Sharp

Well, didn’t our tennis players do well in Gotland?!

The Albany players involved gaining medals were : Women’s team event Gold – Laura Feely, Katie Harris, Elena Snidal plus Karen Faragher(Douglas).In individual events it was Mixed Doubles Bronze  for Sean Drewry partnered by K Faragher; Women’s Singles silver medal Laura Feely, Women’s Doubles Gold for Laura Feely and K Faragher. Congratulations to all tennis medallists.

The Albany/Equiom Junior Open starts this  Saturday (8th) The schedule of matches will be -emailed to all competitors. Once again entries were slow coming in and I gather it was the same for the IOMLTA Veteran Closed Championships – we really must persuade competitors to enter early  as there is a lot for the referee to do after entries close. Remember we are all volunteers and many officials have full time jobs so running tournaments is done in their spare time. With that thought may I remind all Albany juniors that the IOMLTA Junior Closed Championships will be held at Douglas LTC, Kensington Road from 22 July to 30 July and entries close at 5pm on Thursday 20 July. Entry forms are in our clubhouse and should  be e-mailed to There are Boys and Girls events for U8, U9, U10, U12 U14, U16, U18 singles plus doubles.  Further information from Referee, Paul Jarvis by e-mail as above or mob 494045.. So please represent your club and enter early.

Will all Albany juniors and Mini Tennis members please join the British Tennis Membership scheme. It is free, there are benefits and you should have a membership number and LTA rating.

Also on Saturday 22 July there will be an Open Day at Albany with fun social tennis for anyone interested in having a game. We can provide racquets and tennis balls if you are thinking of starting to play or returning to the game.  There will be a BBQ. Further details fom Social Secretary, Kirsten Hall on

Albany News 12th July 2017

by Pat Sharp

The annual Albany Junior Open tournament sponsored by Equiom (Isle of Man Ltd) has been blessed with good weather and all matches are running to schedule ready for Finals Day tomorrow (Saturday). The prize presentation will be at 4pm  following the 8 and under competition and other finals. Prizes will be presented by Mr Stephen Christian on behalf of Equiom.

Results so far

Singles: 9 and under r/r  Group A winner Cameron Roome, r/up Hadassah Smith; Group B winner Orry Farnworth, r/up Ryan Colquitt  ; Semi Finals: Cameron bt Ryan 10-4, Orry bt Hadassah 10-1, final Orry bt Cameron 10-3.

10 and under r/r  winner Orry Farnworth, r/up Greg Kelly.

12 and under qtr finals Orry Farnworth bt Caitlin Henery 4/0 0/4 4/1, Ben Bosworth bt Aalish Kelly 2/4 6/3 (7), Jayden Go bt Greg Kelly 4/0 4/0.  s/final Charlotte Clarke bt Orry Farnworth 4/0 4/1Play back (1st rd losers) Aalish Kelly be Greg Kelly 4/1 4/2.. 14 and under r/r Gr. A Charlotte Clarke bt Ben Bosworth 6/0 6/0, Roch Mirski bt Ben Bosworth 6/0 6/0, Mirski bt Clarke7/5 6/1. Gr B Jack Christian bt Aalish Kelly 6/3 6/0, Jayden Go bt Kelly 6/0 6/0, Go bt Christian 3/6 6/1(10-8).

Club Coach, Ian Watson, has set up Summer Camp junior coaching sessions during the school holidays. Full details next week but there are sessions for all juniors from 6ys to 14 yrs or you can e-mail or phone 496293 to book a place.

The Friday Ladies Strawberry Coffee Morning  held last week raised £120 for Breast Cancer Care. Thanks to Linda Stamp and Fran Shacklock who did all the organising and everyone who went along to support such a worthy cause.

Albany News 15th June 2017

by Pat Sharp

The Isle of Man LTA Senior Championships sponsored by Pokerstars  commenced at the Ballaughton Meadows courts on Sunday with some of the club’s junior players having the courage to try their skills against established senior players. This is good to see as it gives them new opponents with a different type of game plan which is all good experience. No doubt in 2 or 3 years time their names will be appearing regularly in senior events.

Unfortunately, the women’s entry was low – why do the female players not compete? I’d love to know – there was never a shortage of opponents when I played and competition was fierce.

Finals Day is this Sunday (18th).

Results  from early rounds:

Women’s singles 1st round Hannah Snidal bt Charlotte Clarke 6/1 6/3, Aalish Kelly bt Sarah Long 6/3 6/0; S/finals Karen Faragher bt Hannah Snidal 6/0 7/6 (2), Elena Snidal bt Aalish Kelly  6/0 6/0. Men’s Singles Qualifying rounds Nerijus Gricevicius bt Nick Kelly 7/5 6/4, Garreth Roome bt James Clarke 6/0 6/4, Dean Morgan bt Jonathan Gower Jackson  7/5 1/6 (10-8). Mixed Doubles – 1st round Nerijus Gricevicius/Katsuyo Yamazaki bt Nick Kelly/Aalish Kelly 6/1 6/1, Jim Travers/Hannah Snidal bt Garreth Roome/Charlotte Clarke 6/0 6/4.

It’s back to junior competition for the next event at the club with the Annual Albany/Equiom Junior Open which will be held from Saturday 8 – Sunday 16 July.

Entries close at 6pm on Sunday 2 July. Last year’s winners are asked to return the shields, engraved, to the club office. Events are U8 (red ball), U9 (orange ball), U10 (green ball). U12, U14 and U18 singles plus doubles. Forms will be available from this weekend by e-mail to Albany juniors plus other clubs for their juniors. Every entrant will receive an Equiom 2017 T shirt.

Albany News 26th May 2017

by Pat Sharp

Congratulations for the second week to Charlotte Clarke who won the IOM Road to Wimbledon U14 Girls event last Saturday, hosted by Douglas Tennis Club. It was a good day for Albany with Roch Mirski winning the boys event  and they will both have the wonderful opportunity to play against all the other counties winners at Wimbledon.The runners/up also from Albany were Aalish Kelly and Jayden Go and they will have the opportunity of coaching at Wimbledon. If that doesn’t inspire them to work hard on the courts I don’t know what will. Results Boys qtr final Scott Mason bt Sam Harris 4-0 4-2, Jayden Go bt David Taylor 4-0 4-0, Sam Skelcher Maxwell w/o Freddy Lloyd; s/finals Mirski bt Mason 4/1 4/0,Go bt Skelcher-Maxwell 4/1 4/1. Final Mirski bt Go 4/0 4/0. Girls Charlotte Clarke bt Florence leigh 4-0 4-0, Sophie Long bt Hollie Roberts 4/3(2) 4-3(3), Sarah Long bt Caitlin Henery 4-0 4-2,Aalish Kelly bt Charlotte Stennett 4-1 4-1; s/finals Clarke bt Sophie Long4-0 4-0,Kelly by Sarah Long 4-2 4-2; Final Clarke bt Kelly 4-0 4-0. Well done to all the Albany juniors who took part.

The IOM tennis team for the Island Games in Gotland are still trying to raise some funds to help with the high cost of travel. They will be holding a Quiz Night in the lounge at Albany and I hope you will support them.
Entry fee is just £5 per person and this includes refreshments (buffet), and it will start at 7.30pm. 10th June. There will be a raffle so if anyone would donate a raffle prize or wants tickets please contact Hannah Snidal  by e-mail

Had a very interesting newspaper cutting from Billy Harris’ mum, Abi. It’s in French as he has been based in Annnecy in France and playing for their tennis team. Thanks to Brian Walton’s wife, Jean we now have a translation :


Harris, the Atypical Englishman :

Having left England in January, Billy Harris came to complete the Annecy Tennis Team, beside Hugo Voljacques, Kevin Botti, Artem Sitak andCoach Yann Dupuy. At only 22 years of age,he is crossing Europe in order to play as many matches as possible, to live his dream.  

The story begins in 2015, when Billy Harris plays his first Doubles Match alongside Hugo Voljacques. Consequently, the young Englishman asks the Annecy Team if a place would be available for him. Passionate for his sport, the Brit has already crossed Spain and Portugal to finally “put down his suitcases” in Annecy. Over time he has become a major asset to the Annecy Tennis team, with whom he contests all major Inter Club fixtures.

Last year, Harris experienced injuries which prevented him from playing. So, this season is important for him, more from the physical point of view than the mental.

“The year 2016 has been difficult as I experienced multiple injuries. Therefore today, I want to redouble my efforts to break through the world’s top 500 barrier. I am actually 920th and if I get through this barrier, I will take an apartment” he explains. For, in effect, Harris lives, sleeps and eats in his van, parked in front of the covered courts of Boulevard du Fier in Annecy.

In spite of help from the Fédération Française de Tennis (FFT), he cannot afford to rent an apartment and tries to spend as little as possible. In winning his singles and doubles matches last Sunday without difficulty against Istres, he is marking this season as much by his gentleness as his  stunning forehand. He believes in the ability of the team and is of the opinion that it is capable of reaching Level 1. From June to August, he’ll take to the road again to participate in a dozen tournaments in Poland in order to get as close as possible to his objective.


Club coach, Ian Watson is running a Rusty Racquets/Adult coaching group on Tuesdays  6.15pm – 7.15pm cost £5 per session contact him  – mob 496293

The draw for the carpet tile competition will be made at club night on Tuesday 13 June. Thanks for your support.


League Results to date.  The Women’s teams doing better than the Men in the first half of the season, but plenty of matches yet to be played.  Our Men’s A team are yet to play a match!

Last two fixtures before the TT break are the Women’s B team at home tonight v Douglas B, and the Men’s C team at home tomorrow v Douglas A – both likely to be closely fought matches!

Well done to everyone who has taken part and thank you to all those who have supported the Leagues this season, especially our Captains – Ian, Tim, Robby, Yannis, Jane and Jackie.

Tuesday 18 April 6.30 Ramsey A v Albany C 5 – 1
Wednesday 19 April (W) 7.00 Albany B v Douglas B  
Thursday 20 April 7.00 Albany D v Ramsey B 0 – 6
Wednesday 26 April 7.00 Albany B v Albany A  
Tuesday 2 May 6.30 Castletown A v Albany B 5 – 1
Thursday 4 May 7.00 Albany C v Douglas B 2 – 4
Thursday 4 May 6.30 Ramsey B v Albany D 6 – 0
Monday 8 May (W) 6.30 Ramsey A v Albany B 2 – 4
Monday 15 May 7.00 Albany A v Castletown B  
Monday 15 May (W) 6.30 Castletown B v Albany A  
Wednesday 17 May (W) 6.30 Castletown C v Albany B 0 – 6
Monday 22 May 6.30 Castletown D v Albany D 6 – 0
Monday 22 May (W) 7.00 Albany A v Douglas A 1 – 5
Wed 24 May (Rescheduled) (W) 7.00 Albany B v Douglas B  
Thursday 25 May 7.00 Albany C v Douglas A  

Albany News 18th May 2017

by Pat Sharp

Another of our juniors, Charlotte Clarke (11) was away last weekend playing in a player/coach under 12 girls singles at Birchwood tennis centre. In attendance was her coach Ian Watson. This was an opportunity for Charlotte to show Ian how she performs in the UK. The event attracted 16 which is excellent by girls’ standards showing how popular this event was. I’m pleased to report that Charlotte won the event.

Results: 1st rd. Charlotte played Lucie Parry and comfortably won 4-1 4-0. This warmed her up for the next round. Qtr finals Charlotte bt Seren Smalel

4-2, 4-1. The s/final against Katherine-Lee Lukas was a tough match with Charlotte losing the first set 1-4, but then fighting back to win the second set

4-3. and take the Champions tie-break 10-2. The final versus Sophie Marshman was a superb match with both girls battling to win and emotions running high with both players. This is where having the coach on court helps young players and Ian proved his worth as her coach. Charlotte won the first set 4-1, Sophie took the second 2-4 and Charlotte winning the tie-break 10/5.

Her eagerness to win gave some nervous moments but the role of the coach in this type of event is to calm and focus players and she is very grateful to Ian for helping her win this event.

On Tuesday a very successful tournament held to raise funds for the British Heart Foundation (Isle of Man) attracted an entry of 20 players and raised £365 to be given to the Cardiology Unit at Nobles Hospital. Winners were Men: Tommy Fitzgerald a Tennisnuts voucher, R/up –  Nerijus Gricevicius –  Albany Indoor Court Voucher; Women  Winner and Runner up was a draw so Nuala Duffy  and Katsuyo Yamazaki received similar prizes but had to decide who had which prize. Thanks to Albany and Club Chairman Stuart Colligon  donating the prizes, Bridget Stewart and Sharon Bath for organising the event, John Bourbon Chairman of BHF Isle of Man and all the players.

Reminder of closing date for entry in to the IOMLTA Senior Closed Championships is 6pm Saturday 3 June. There are plenty of forms at the club so please use them and take part. Put the forms with chq payable to IOMLTA in the white post box. Entry can also be made by e-mail to,

The junior/mini coaching sessions  will cease during TT fortnight. The last one is Saturday 27 May – minis 12 – 3pm.

Members are requested to not use the upstairs lounge whilst decorating and carpet laying are in progress. After lots of discussion and fund raising the lounge is being re-furbished.


Albany News 11th May 2017

by Pat Sharp

Albany is again running a British Heart Foundation tournament – on Tuesday 16 May with a 9.30am start. It’s £10 to enter and should finish by 1pm. Refreshments will be provided. Contact Bridget Stewart ( to enter) or just come and watch and support the event.  There will also be a raffle so non-playing spectators can help raise a bigger total than last year. Funds raised will go towards equipment for the IOM Cardiac Department at Nobles Hospital.

The Mini Tennis and Junior coaching programmes are now in full swing with red, orange and green ball squads turning up in force on Tuesdays (see pic) . Now that the April up-grade has taken place and many children have moved to a higher group there are some places available at 12noon and 1pm on Saturdays for beginner Mini players. Aged from 4yrs upwards they can enjoy a variety of exercises, drills and start to gain the skills of tennis. It is surprising how quickly they learn and Club Coach, Ian Watson and his assistants make it a lot of fun.  The players are regularly assessed, moved to a higher group and start playing games. At the moment we have room for 5 or 6 new players, who can attend three times without charge, for taster sessions. If they like it they are invited to continue by joining as a mini member for £85 for the year which includes their Saturday coaching. More details can be obtained from Ian (496293) or just turn up on Saturday at 12 and we will explain everything.


The next event at the club will be the IOMLTA Senior Closed Championships sponsored by Pokerstars from Sunday 11 to Sunday 18 June. Entry forms available by the weekend. Closing date Saturday 3 June at 6pm. Enter on-line, by entry form placed in the white post box or e-mailed to Events are men’s/women’s singles and men’s, women’s and mixed doubles.