Albany News 30th November 2017

by Pat Sharp

The club Annual General Meeting was held on Wednesday. The Chairman, Stuart Colligon, reported on the many successes in the leagues, the considerable rejuvenation of the clubhouse and the steady membership numbers. A lot of work has been carried out with the refurbishment of the lounge and staircase, including new carpet and decorating, also new seating. The next work will be carried out on trimming all hedges and cleaning the outdoor courts.

The indoor court covering is also due for a good clean. It does well considering it is 23 years old. We are running a tombola to raise some funds toward this cost.  It’s in the club house, there are 12 nice prizes and tickets are £2 each or 3 for £5. It will be drawn on Saturday 16 December whilst the mini Red tennis is on. The club has short term and medium term plans to carry on improving the facilities.

David Bufton, the Treasurer gave a concise report on the club’s finances and stated that he was happy with the income versus expenditure and the plans for the future. The club’s Vice Presidents were re-elected en bloc. Membership fees will remain at last year’s level with the usual discount offered if paid by 31 March 2018.

The committee was elected as follows: President Bryan Sharp, Chairman Stuart Colligon, Secretary/PR Officer Pat Sharp, Treasurer David Bufton, Club Facilities manager Bryan Sharp, Membership Secretary Jan Gaskill, Club Captain Jackie Russell, Welfare Officer Clare Skelcher,  Committee member Rob Orr. Social Secretary – this role is currently vacant and we are looking for a volunteer. The W K Dale Trophy was awarded this year to Club Coach Ian Watson.

A date for your diary – Race Night Friday 26 January at the club with the usual format – racing provided by John of Morrison Photos Ltd and a fish/sausage and chip supper.

Following the news last week of Aswin Lizen’s visit to the White House to meet President Trump,

I now have an update on Billy and Katie Harris who are also pursuing  tennis careers. Katie has settled in well at Arkansas Tech and is really enjoying the tennis, She has played in several tournaments this term and she will have more competition after Christmas in the Collegiate league. Meanwhile, brother Billy has played a lot of tennis in Europe and improved his ranking from

1000+ to 653. He has just travelled to Thailand for three Futures tournaments. Both are due home for Christmas and it will be good to see them back at the club – we’ve missed them.

Don’t forget to support the Christmas Craft Fayre on Saturday (2nd Dec) which is being run by the Snidal family and helpers to raise funds for the IOM tennis team’s costs of travel to Gibraltar in 2019. There should be plenty of items for Christmas gifts plus a cake stall. If you can’t attend then a small donation sent to Daphne Snidal (or leave it with me and I’ll see she gets it) would be greatly appreciated.

Finally a reminder that the club sells used tennis balls suitable for dogs (or children) at £5 for a bag of 20. Contact me on 861497 if you want some.





Albany News 23rd November 2017

by Pat Sharp


From “Albany to The White House!”  and “Have Racquet, Will Travel” spring to mind with the latest news I received this week concerning one of our former juniors, Aswin Lizen.


Aswin (21) is in the USA on the 3rd year of a scholarship at Virginia University having obtained a place in the McIntyre Business School. He joined the University tennis team, was made Captain, and the UVA tennis team were 2016-2017 champions. This resulted in the UVA tennis team being given a reception in The White House, a tour of this famous building and the photo with President Trump. Aswin is the young man standing behind President Trump’s right shoulder and the man with the yellow tie.

You can read all the results on the following website links:  and  on This will show how well he is doing in Virginia and how tennis can lead you to a great career and travel.



Albany’s AGM is next Wednesday (29th November) at the club, start 6.30pm. Unfortunately, our Social Secretary, Kirsten Hall has had to resign due to being a very busy lady with a young son and working. So, we need one volunteer to take on that role which involves taking bookings for hire of the lounge, promoting club events and updating the club website events details. All the other officers have agreed to continue working for the club so you don’t need to worry about being coerced in to a task. However, it would be encouraging to see more members attend and let the committee know if all is well!

A Christmas Fayre is being held on Saturday 2 December in the club lounge from 1pm – 4pm.  It’s in aid of Island Games travel costs for 2019 (Gibraltar) and there are still 2 tables available for hire (fee £6). Maybe you have a favourite charity you’d like to raise money for it be it gifts, Good as New, cakes. If so contact Hannah Snidal – There should be plenty of customers about as the Albany Mini Red coaching is on at the same time. I hope our members will support this event as we will almost certainly have members selected for the team.



Albany News 15th November 2017

by Pat Sharp

One of our older juniors had a nice surprise at the Mini Red coaching on Saturday . Angelo Go (15) – known to everyone as A J arrived as usual to help club coach, Ian Watson with the 1pm Mini Tennis Reds session and was told to “wait a minute”.

The 12 o/clock group plus the 1pm players formed a group and Club President, Bryan Sharp, presented the club’s Junior Silver Award to a very surprised A J. I’m told he thought he’d done something wrong! The award goes each year to the junior who is considered to have done the most for the club both on and off court. A J started helping Ian as part of his Duke of Edinburgh Award but has continued to be there every Saturday to assist by hitting with the young players.


Albany stepped in at fairly short notice to host the Isle of LTA League presentations in the club lounge. Hastily but expertly arranged by the IOMLTA new Secretary, Jackie Russell and assisted by Chairman, Stuart Colligon and Robby Orr the evening went well with over 40 attending. Everyone enjoyed fish or sausage and chip suppers. Ron Sibthorpe, League Secretary, did an excellent job with the presentation of trophies – seven of which went to Albany teams – plus medals for everyone who had played league tennis. Daphne and Hannah Snidal ran a raffle with many lovely prizes. I don’t yet know the total raised  but it will be used for the Island Games team to travel to Gibraltar in 2019. They will be having more fund raisiers in the future so if you can support them please do.

A reminder that the club’s AGM will be held on Wednesday 29 Nov in the club lounge starting at 6.30pm. The official notice has been sent out and anyone requiring a copy of the minutes of last year’s AGM should contact me  –

Jan Gaskill and I are running a Christmas competition with several nice seasonal prizes. Look out for the chart and put your name on a square.

Albany News 8th November 2017

by Pat Sharp

A reminder to all Mini Tennis red ball players that coaching re-starts this Saturday from 12 noon. There is room for 3 or 4 new children who want to try playing tennis.

You have to be at least 4 yrs old. Just come along at 11.45am and ask for Pat Sharp (Club Secretary) or Ian Watson (Club Coach) and we’ll see you have some fun hitting a ball. Initially there is no charge – children can have 3 free lessons but if they wish to continue we need you to become a member – for club rules and insurance.

The club’s Annual General Meeting will be held on the evening of Wednesday 29 November in the club lounge. Our current Social Secretary, Kirsten Hall, is relinquishing that role so we are looking for a volunteer. Kirsten has done a brilliant job dealing with club social events and taking bookings by other people/groups for use of the club lounge. We need someone with IT skills, a bit of flair for making events attractive to members and non-members and keeping information up-to-date on the club website. If you fancy taking this on please contact our Chairman, Stuart Colligon – e-mail and he’ll give you details of what the role entails.

Some trees at the back of the indoor court are to be cut back so that they don’t rub on the roof. This noisy work may effect players who have a booking in the court but we will inform members of the date/time as soon as we know when the work will be carried out. Sorry about this but it is necessary.

Albany News 2nd November 2017

by Pat Sharp

Todmorden success!

This men’s and women’s doubles triangular team competition was created following the Seaman’s strike in 1966 when only the Todmorden Tennis Club managed to reach the island for a competition. Albany, Castletown and Ramsey provided the visitors with some strong competition and after several more visits to the island the Todmorden club responded by donating a shield for annual competition. Since then it has featured just the island clubs.  Last Sunday the 45th triangular match between the three clubs was finally played (having been postponed from September) and after over 3hrs of stiff competition Albany came out on top wresting the shield from

Castletown who had won it the previous year. Top performers from Albany were Sean Drewry & Jamie Teare who won all their 4 sets. The Castletown sisters, Elena and Hannah Snidal also won all their 4 sets. Otherwise wins/losses were fairly evenly  distributed across the clubs. At the conclusion of play with scores; Albany 86 games, Castletown 66 games and Ramsey 29 games, tournament Referee, Bryan Sharp, presented the shield to Albany captain, Ian Watson. Thanks to the Albany members who provided afternoon tea for the players and it was nice to welcome players from the other clubs.


Mixed Leagues

At last the Summer mixed league matches have been completed and our 3 teams are all champions  Albany C won division 4, the B team won division 2 and the A team won division 1. Well done to the team captains Alison King, Kirsten Hall and Karen Kelly for managing to field teams though it took 26 players to complete the fixtures! There does seem to be a reluctance with so many members to play competitive tennis. I wonder does this happen in other sports? The club’s league players have done us proud and we have 7 trophies to “pick up” at the IOMLTA League presentations/supper which this year is being held at Albany on Saturday 11 November starting at 7.30pm.  Please will as many as possible turn up and support this event. There will be a raffle to raise funds for the Island Games team to compete in Gibraltar in 2019. If you are able to donate a raffle prize please contact Daphne Snidal  (834815/450967) or leave it in the club office and I’ll see that it is given to her.

A Lotte of Talent!

Charlotte Clarke (aged 12) finished off her week in the UK playing an U16 event in Widnes. This was a really tough task but she needs to play at a higher age group to raise her ranking and be accepted in to higher grade events. Whilst she lost in the 1st round of the main draw she finished r/up in the consolation event. No mean result for a 12 year old! She would like to thank Equiom (Isle of Man) Ltd for sponsoring her travel expenses for this trip.

Albany News 26th October 2017

by Pat Sharp

The IOMLTA Presentation Night will be held at Albany this year on Saturday 11 November starting at 7.30pm. I do hope all those who have played in the league matches will attend to collect their medals and trophies. This year it’s a fish or sausage and chips meal (£12) and we need to know your choice of meal before the 9 November. Cheques payable to Albany LTC.

Send details to and leave chqs. in the white box.

An Isle of Man Club Forum will be held at the club on Tuesday 21 November starting at 6pm. Paul Bennett (Head of LTA North Region) will be here to answer any tennis queries members from all the Island’s clubs may have. If you have a matter you wish to raise please let me know and I will pass it on to the IOMLTA Secretary, Jackie Russell. This forum could be of benefit and interest to parents of club juniors also new members.

Latest news on Charlotte Clarke (12) who has been playing in Widnes. So far she has won the 12 and under event. She also played in 14 and under losing her 1st match 7/5 3/6 (9-11). In the 14 and under Consolation, she won 3 matches to win that competition. Then on to Birchwood to play an under 16 event  to give her more competitive experience. She lost her 1st match against the No 2 seed, who has a 5.2 rating whereas Charlotte is 5.8. This loss moved her to the consolation event where she won her 1st match. Playing again Thursday. She was sponsored for this event by Equiom (Isle of Man) Limited.

A reminder that the club would like ALL members to join the British Tennis Membership scheme. It’s free and you will be able to OPT IN to the Wimbledon Ballot for 2018. You can find all the info on the LTA website/British Tennis Membership. British Tennis Awards 2017 – Also those who already have a BTM no are invited to vote, on line for  someone in the club who you think is an unsung worker for the club. Again details are on the LTA website and all members should have received e-mailed info.

Finally – please pray for fine weather on Sunday 29th October. The club is hosting the annual triangular match between Albany, Castletown and Ramsey. Castletown are the current holders and Albany would like some support for their efforts to try and win it back.

Albany News 18th October 2017

by Pat Sharp

Despite bad weather most of last week, Referee, Ian Watson, managed to complete some of the finals of the Albany/Chrystals Senior Open by the weekend. Prizes were presented by Shane Magee of Chrystals, who have sponsored this event for many years and the committee are grateful for the continued support.

Men’s Singles

Stage 1 – qualifiers: Nerijus Gricevicius and Garreth Roome.

Stage 2

Qtr finals Gricevicius w/o Roch Mirski, Roome bt Jayden Go 6/2 6/0, Robert Comber bt Jack Christian 6/1 6/0;

S/finals Sean Drewry bt Gricevicius 6/0 6/0, Comber bt Roome 6/1 6/0;

Final Drewry bt Comber 6/1 6/0.

Women’s singles

r/r – winner Charlotte Clarke -3 wins, r/up Hannah Snidal – 2 wins.

Men’s Doubles

s/finals – S Drewry/ I Watson bt J Moutique/A Murent 6/1 6/0, J Go/N Gricevicius bt S Falconer/ L McCleery 2/6 7/5 (10-5);

Final Drewry/Watson bt  Go/Nericivicius  6/1 6/0;

Women’s doubles

r/r  not yet completed.

Mixed Doubles

r/r winners Jack Christian/Charlotte Clarke – 3 wins, r/up Garreth Roome/Kirsten Hall  2 wins.

Junior and Mini coaching will be back from Saturday at the usual times. Any queries please contact Ian Watson – 496293 or e-mail


Albany News 11th October 2017

by Pat Sharp

Chrystals results so far – despite the unfriendly weather:

Men’s Singles Gr 1

1st rd.; Nerijus Gricevicius bt Louis McCleery 6/3 6/3, Dean Morgan bt Pawel Winiarczyk 7/5 6/2, Jabrane Moutique bt James Clarke 6/1 6/2, Ralph Chambers bt A J Go 7/5 6/2; 2nd rd Gricevicius bt Yannis Xirotiris 6/3 6/0, Dean Morgan bt Ian Copley  6/3 6/1; Robert Comber bt Jack Christian 6/1 6/0,   Garreth Roome bt Ralph Chambers 6/4 6/2;

Women’s Singles 1 r/r

Charlotte Clarke bt Sarah Long 6/0 6/0.

Men’s Doubles

Louis McCleery/Steve Falconer bt Rob Colquitt/Paul Reid 7/6(6) 4/6 (10-7).

Mixed Doubles

Tania Thomas/Jabrane Moutique bt Gricevicius/Kathy Bosworth 7/6 (5) 6/4. The referee, Ian Watson is not sure we can complete the event for Finals on Saturday  due to the bad weather – even with an indoor court he can only schedule one match at a time instead of 3 outdoors plus one indoors. Who’d want to referee a tournament?

Two of our juniors have had further successes in recent UK tournaments.

Charlotte Clarke (12) played in a grade 3 event at the Bolton Tennis Arena and finished runner-up.  She has also played in a grade 4 event in Halifax which was for U16 players and she finished 5th. Last Friday her UK ranking moved up from 62 to 58. Charlotte is very keen to make tennis her career and works really hard training, enjoys her coaching and is always asking seniors to give her a hit. She has just gained sponsorship from Equiom Limited towards the travel costs of her next event – playing U12, U14 and U16 – in Warrington.

Jayden Go is another junior who works hard on his game and is for ever at the club practising or having coaching. He recently play played at Sherborne winning all his matches, then won 2 matches in Wrexham and 2 more matches in Liverpool. The UK competitions are tough and to win matches is quite an achievement. If any other juniors play in UK tournaments please let me have your scores – I can e-mail you the standard form for recording events/results.

The recent Big Stir Coffee Morning held at the club raised  £135 for Macmillan Cancer Support. Thanks to Carisa Skehan, Sharon Lane , Linda Donald and all our members who supported the event. Friday 27th October will be PINK FRIDAY.

Other events:

This year the club will be hosting the IOMLTA Annual Dinner/Prize Presentation on Saturday 11 November. More details later.

IOMLTA Poker Stars Summer Mixed Tennis Leagues 2017

The IOMLTA Poker Stars Summer Mixed Tennis Leagues 2017 are coming to their conclusion, with just one or two matches left to play.  It has been an extremely close competition for the three Albany Teams, and it is really all down to the final matches to determine the League Champions, ahead of the IOMLTA Prize Presentation Night on Saturday 11 November at Albany LTC.

Thanks as always to our Captains – Alison King, Kirsten Hall and Karen Kelly.  Wishing you the best of luck in your final games!

DIVISION 1 – Team Captain Alison King

TO PLAY: Albany A v Douglas A – Monday 16 October

Albany A beat Castletown A 4-2. Sean Drewry/Laura Feely beat Craig Blackwell/Lucy Kerr 6-2 7-6. Ian Watson/Alison King drew with Rob Comber/Hannah Snidal 4-6 7-5. Drewry/Feely beat Comber/Snidal 6-1. Watson/King lost to Blackwell/Kerr 3-6. WIN

Albany A beat Castletown B 6-0. Ian Watson/Alison King beat Richard Kerr/Méjeaan Brümmer 6-0 6-1. Garreth Roome/Charlotte Clarke beat Tim Woakes/Nicola Skillicorn 6-1 6-2. Watson/King beat Woakes/Skillicorn 6-1. Roome/Clarke beat Kerr/Brümmer 6-0. WIN

Douglas A lost to Albany A 2-4. Karen Faragher/Steph Joyce lost to Sean Drewry/Laura Feely 5-7 2-6. Stephen Falconer/Seraphina Batty drew with David Bufton/Alison King 3-6 6-3. Faragher/Joyce beat Bufton/King 6-0. Falconer/Batty lost to Drewry/Feely 0-6. WIN

Crowe Clark Whitehill Castletown A beat Albany A 4-2. Craig Blackwell/Lucy Kerr lost to Sean Drewry/Laura Feely 1-6 3-6. Rob Comber/Hannah Snidal beat Jim Travers/Sarah Breed 6-3 6-4. Blackwell/Kerr beat Travers/Breed 6-3. Comber/Snidal beat Drewry/Feely 6-4. LOST

Castletown B lost to Albany A 1-5. Richard Kerr/Justine Torry lost to Sean Drewry/Laura Feely 0-6 0-6. Neil Ronan/Nicola Skillicorn drew with Ian Watson/Alison King 6-3 6-7. Kerr/Torry lost to Watson/King 3-6. Ronan/Skillicorn lost to Drewry/Feely 2-6. WIN


DIVISION 2 – Team Captain Kirsten Hall

TO PLAY: Albany B v Castletown C – Thursday 26 October

Albany B beat Castletown D 6-0. Tim Davies/Charlotte Clarke beat Karen Murphy/Scott Mason 6-0 6-0. Stuart Colligon/Kirsten Hall beat Alejandro Perez/Barbie Carter 6-3 6-2. Davies/Clarke beat Perez/Carter 6-1. Colligon/Hall beat Murphy/Mason 6-0. WIN

Albany B drew with Douglas B 3-3. Garreth Roome/Charlotte Clarke beat Efren Cagadas/Tania Thomas 6-0 6-2. Paul Reid/Kirsten Hall lost to Victor Pacaco/Linda Faragher 4-6 3-6. Roome/Clarke beat Pacaco/Faragher 7-5. Reid/Hall lost to Cagadas/Thomas 3-6. DRAW

Castletown D lost to Albany B 2-4. Alejandro Perez/Caroline Davies drew with Tim Davies/Charlotte Clarke 4-6 6-4. Neil Watterson/Carole Ennett drew with Garreth Roome/Kath Kermode 2-6 6-4. Perez/C Davies lost to Roome/Kermode 1-6. Watterson/Ennett lost to T Davies/Clarke 3-6  WIN

Castletown C drew with Albany B 3-3. Mark Young/Kirree Ronan lost to Tim Davies/Charlotte Clarke 2-6 3-6. Luca Simmons/Sarah Goldie drew with Stuart Colligon/Kirsten Hall 6-2 1-6. Young/Ronan beat Colligon/Hall 6-0. Simmons/Goldie beat Davies/Clarke 6-4. DRAW

Douglas B drew with Albany B 3-3. Victor Pacaco/Tania Thomas drew with Garreth Roome/Kath Kermode 2-6 6-2. Andy Murray/Linda Faragher beat Stuart Colligon/Lisa Horsfall 6-1 6-2. Pacaco/Thomas lost to Colligon/Horsfall 2-6. Murray/Faragher lost to Roome/Kermode 1-6. DRAW


Div 4: Team Captain Karen Kelly

TO PLAY: Albany C v Ramsey B – Wednesday 18 October

TO PLAY: Albany C v Castletown E – Thursday 19 October

Ramsey B drew with Albany C 3-3. Nerijus Gricevicius/Amelia Hart drew with Jayden Go/Ailish Kelly 6-7 6- 4. Kevin Drewry/Alison Hart drew with Danny Murray/Jackie Russell 4-6 6-0. Gricevicius/Amelia Hart beat Murray/Russell 6-1. Drewry/Alison Hart lost to Go/Kelly 0-6. DRAW

Castletown E lost to Albany C 0-6. Ron Ronan/Karen Murphy lost to Roch Mirski/Ailish Kelly 2-6 0-6. Yanchun Wang/Jessica Haupt lost to Jayden Go/Jackie Russell 0-6 0-6. Ronan/Murphy lost to Go/Russell 2-6. Wang/Haupt lost to Mirski/Kelly 2-6. WIN

Castletown E lost to Albany C 2-4. Yanchun Wang/Barbie Carter lost to Robby Orr/Jackie Russell 1-6 2-6. Will Watterson/Karen Murphy drew with Chris Reynolds/Clare Skelcher-Maxwell 6-4 3-6. Wang/Carter lost to Reynolds/Skelcher-Maxwell 4-6. Watterson/Murphy beat Orr/Russell 7-5. WIN

Albany C drew with Ramsey B 3-3. Jayden Go/Katsuyo Yamazaki beat Nerijus Gricevicius/Alison Hart 6-1 6-3. Danny Murray/Clare Skelcher-Maxwell lost to Kevin Drewry/Sally Broadhead 2-6 3-6. Go/Yamazaki beat Drewry/Broadhead 6-1. Murray/Skelcher-Maxwell lost to Gricevicius/Hart 1-6. DRAW