Albany News 26th September 2017

by Pat Sharp

Albany/Auxesia Ltd Junior Club Championships update:

The awful weather is making it difficult to complete the matches. However the U8s played a round robin last Saturday with several players competing for the first time. After some close matches the winner was Henry Leigh, r/up Noah Chambers and 3rd Magnus Benson. With all the players showing they are making progress in learning how to play. Some of them are only 5yrs old but we must remember Rafa Nadal started when he was 4yrs so anything is possible! We still have U12 and U18 singles, plus 12s and 18s doubles to complete but we do need good weather. The indoor court isn’t always available as members are booking it.

We now have a definite date – Sunday 29 October starting at 2pm – for playing The Todmorden Shield which is an annual triangular match between Albany, Castletown and Ramsey which we will be hosting. I need some volunteers to help provide the tea. Let me know if you can help and what you could provide. Supporters will also be made very welcome.

Albany/ Chrystals Senior Open – Usual reminder when a tournament is starting – please get your entries in early. Entries close on Tuesday 3 October at 7pm. E-mail or there are plenty of forms in the clubhouse, so just pop it in the post box. This event is OPEN to players from all Manx clubs or even visitors from UK plus we certainly want to see Island Juniors entered. Events are Men’s/Women’s singles and doubles plus mixed doubles. Good cash prizes to be won with the overall winner receiving £60 plus engraved medal. Any queries contact Ian Watson 496293 or me 861497.

The Friday Ladies continue to have a successful, social get togethers each Friday from 10am to 12noon approx.  This has proved to be a blessing for new residents  – maybe moving due to their husband’s employment. If interested contact Jan Gaskill on 862144 for details.

Albany News 20th September 2017

by Pat Sharp

The club’s annual junior championships, sponsored by Auxesia Ltd, got off to a good start on Saturday with fine weather and some of the younger players showing a bit of “know how” with court craft.

Cameron Roome and Henry Davies had a very good match. They are under 10s (green ball players)  but had also entered the U12s. having lost their 1st round matches to stronger players they met in the play back/consolation round. Cameron started well winning the first set 4/1 but Henry fought back to take the second set 4/2.

So the match needed a champion’s tie-break to settle it. Cameron set off at a good pace and lead 8-3, then Henry dragged it back to 9-8 before Cameron won 10-8. They showed they are keen to battle back when losing. With the format both boys have a third match and they will have gained a lot of experience. It’s one thing to have coaching from our experienced club coach, Ian Watson but matches is the way to add to your skills. Well done boys – I enjoyed watching you.


U12 mxd singles

Main draw 1st rnd:

Orry Farnworth bt Cameron Roome 4/0 4/0;

Sarah Long bt Henry Davies 4/0 4/0.

Semi Finals Orry bt Sarah 4/2 4/1.

Consolation Cameron bt Henry 4/1 2/4 (10-8).

U10s – (green ball)


Orry Farnworth won his 5 matches 4/0; Cameron Roome – 4 wins; Lucas Harding – 3 wins; Henry Davies 2 wins; Hadassah Smith 1 win.


r/r mxd singles

Jayden Go bt  Roch Mirski 6/1 3/6 (10-7);

Jack Christian bt Aalish Kelly 6/0 6/0;

Jayden bt Jack 6/1 7/5,

Roch bt Aalish 6/1 6/0.

Red ball and Orange ball will be played on Finals Day, this Saturday – all players will be advised of their match times.  Presentation will be at approx.  We usually provide tea for our competitors so if any parent can volunteer to make a few sandwiches or bring some cake please let me know.

Our Friday Morning Ladies group are as usual supporting a charity, which is something they do throughout the year. This Friday will be the “The Big Stir” Coffee Morning to raise funds for Macmillan Cancer Support. It will be held during the usual playing time 10am to 12noon. Please go along and support this worthwhile charity, take a friend or bake a cake. Lets see if we can raise more than in previous years.  Anymore info – contact Linda or Sharon.  Ladies should have received details of this year’s Christmas Lunch. If you want to be part of the celebrations contact Val Worth  or Gill Smith and choose your menu.

Albany News 7th September 2017

by Pat Sharp

The work party planned for last Sunday had to be postponed due to the awful weather.  So we are looking for helpers/workers this Saturday and also Sunday from 11am. This is to carry out court cleaning which cannot be done professionally. You can get a bit wet so you will need wellies and old clothes!!

Please let Bryan know if you intend coming – contact 861497 or e-mail .

Entries for the club’s junior championships, sponsored by Auxesia Ltd ( are slowly coming in but it would help the organisers if this process could be a lot quicker. Entries close on Tuesday 12 September at 7pm.  You can put your form in the club’s white post box on the wall inside the clubhouse or e-mail .

Have any of our members any spare knitting wool they no longer need? If so I would appreciate it as I continue to knit sweaters, scarves, hats and mitts for one of the charities the club supports – Friends of Chernobyl’s Children.

I mainly use DK wool and knit items for the younger siblings of those that visit the club each summer, i.e. baby to 7years. If you have any to donate it can be left in the kitchen. There will be more updates on various events to be held at the club during the next few weeks i.e. – The Todmorden Shield doubles competition between Albany, Castletown and Ramsey, the Albany/Chrystals Senior Open, the club’s senior closed championships, junior and mini tennis coaching.  Watch this space and also look at the club’s informative website.

Albany News 24th August 2017

by Pat Sharp

Our hardworking Club Captain, Jackie Russell has reported on our successes in the winter, men’s and women’s leagues this year. Considering so many members are too busy or not keen to play league tennis, the Team Captains have done a great job fielding teams and winning four of the eight leagues Albany played in. These were;

December to April –Winter Mixed Leagues – we entered one team and we won Division1.  Well done to the squad  Sarah, Laura, Charlotte, Kirsten, Alison, Andy, Jim, David, Garreth, Pawel, Stuart and non-playing Captain – Jackie!

In April to August – Summer Doubles Leagues (we entered 4 Men’s teams and 2 Women’s teams).  Our successes were: Men’s Division 1 – Albany A won – the squad was Ian (Captain), Jamie, Jim, Sean and Adam. Women’s Division 1 – Albany A won – squad was: Jane (Captain), Alison, Charlotte, Katsuyo, Kath, Trish, Kirsten, Sarah, Laura and Katie. We also won Women’s Division 2 – the players were: Jackie (Captain), Kirsten, Charlotte, Trish, Katsuyo, Kath, Jane, Lisa and Clare.

The teams used several juniors in all our teams and our youngest player, 12yr old Charlotte Clarke played the most matches – eight! Now we are playing in the Mixed Doubles leagues so here’s hoping for more success.

Apologies to ALL our senior and junior members for asking Jan to send out an incorrect entry form for the Albany/Auxesia Senior Closed Championships. No excuses – I made a mistake and I’m sorry. Anyway the correct form has now been sent out and forms are also available at the club. With a fair number of our members playing league tennis is it too much to hope that most of them will enter the Club Championships – if only in the doubles?

Events are Men’s & Women’s Singles and Men’s, Women’s and Mixed Doubles. There is no entry fee! The event is sponsored by Auxesia Ltd. Auxesia’s website   Auxesia’s Facebook Page

Finally the total raised in donations at our recent celebration lunch has finally reached £750, which we think is fantastic and will be of great use to the three chosen charities.



Albany News 17th August 2017

by Pat Sharp

A few reminders this week as I’m sure school holidays and trips away take your mind off the club’s diary of events.

There is still one more week of Summer Camps

  • Monday 21 August – Yellow ball (beginners) 10 – 11.30am for ages 11 – 14yrs;
  • Monday 28 – red ball 9.30 – 11am for 6 – 8yrs;
  • Tuesday 29 August yellow ball (competitors)
  • Wednesday 30 August – Orange and Green ball players – 12 – 2pm.

There may be a few places still available so if you are interested ring Ian Watson 496293 or e-mail

The full club coaching programme will re-start from Saturday 16 September.  There are a few spaces at all three sessions from12 – 2pm, so again contact Ian. This is part of your Mini/Junior club membership.

New applicants can attend for three free sessions, then will be asked to join if they wish to continue. Contact Jan Gaskill by e-mail for membership details and fees.

The tournament forms for the following events will be available shortly:

9 – 17 September – Club Auxesia Senior Closed Championships

16 – 23 September – Club Auxesia Closed Junior Tournament

7 – 15 October – Albany Chrystals Senior Open

14 – 21 October – Albany Auxesia Junior Open.

The date for Presidents Day – Senior/Junior Doubles has not yet been decided.

Finally may I say a really big “Thank you” to all family and friends who came to lunch at the club on Sunday to help me and Bryan celebrate our Diamond Wedding anniversary. I will be doing a personal “thank you” to all who made a donation for charity, the total for which has reached £620.

The lounge looks really good now, decorated and with new carpet and is now ready for hire.  It has room for 54 people, with use of a fully fitted kitchen and the rates are very reasonable and tennis parties for children are available. Full details from Kirsten Hall on


The Albany Summer League Teams win 3 out of a possible 6 League Titles – notably winning both Divisions in the Women’s Leagues!

Men’s Division 1 – Albany A won – Congratulations to Ian (Captain), Jamie, Jim, Sean and Adam.

Well done to the Albany B Team in Division 1 – Tim (Captain), Rob , Paul, Sasha, Garreth, Sam, Stuart, Peter, Adam, David and Alistair.

Well done to the Albany C Team in Division 2- Robby (Captain), Stuart , Rob, Chris, Jayden, Garreth, Roch and Paul.

Well done to the Albany D Team in Division 4 – Yannis (Captain), Jayden, Marc, Anthony, Danny, Pawel, Bryan and Alan

Women’s Division 1 – Albany A won – Congratulations to Jane (Captain), Alison, Charlotte, Katsuyo, Kath, Trish, Kirsten, Sarah, Laura and Katie.

Women’s Division 2 – Albany B won – Congratulations to Jackie (Captain), Kirsten, Charlotte, Trish, Katsuyo, Kath, Jane, Lisa and Clare.

Well done to our youngest player Charlotte who played the most matches during the Summer Leagues – a grand total of 8!!

Albany News 3rd August 2017

by Pat Sharp

Albany Juniors Successful In Island Championships

Congratulations to all our juniors who played and won trophies in last week’s IOMLTA Junior Closed Championships. Almost a clean sweep and thank you to all who entered – it is vital for the improvement of Island tennis that juniors (and seniors) enter competitions; not only to gain experience, but also build the County teams of the future.

At the conclusion of play the prizes were presented by Brian Walton, Chairman of the IOMLTA and Ron Sibthorpe, Chairman of Douglas LTC where the event was held. Referee Paul Jarvis was thanked for running the event. Results (ALB denotes club members):

U8 Girls – winner Sophie Christian (ALB) r/up Abigail Cowell (ALB) ;

U8 Boys winner Sam Atcheson, r/up Henry Leigh (ALB);

U12 Boys Final – Jayden Go (ALB) bt Orry Farnworth (ALB) 6/0 6/1;

U14 Girls winner Charlotte Clarke (ALB) r/up Aalish Kelly (ALB);

U14 Boys Gr A – winner Roch Mirski (ALB), r/up Jayden Go (ALB), Gr B winner Jack Christian (ALB), r/up Orry Farnworth (ALB); Semi Finals Jack bt Jayden 4/3 4/1, Roch bt Orry 4/0 4/0, Final Roch bt Jack 6/3 6/1.

U12 Boys Doubles winners Jayden Go (ALB)/Sam Harris (ALB), r/up Greg Kelly (ALB)/Orry Farnworth (ALB).

U14 Mixed Doubles Aalish Kelly (ALB)/Jayden Go (ALB) bt Jack Christian (ALB)/Sarah Long (ALB)7/6 (6) 6/2.

Note: some of the Albany players are also members of other clubs.

There were two other awards made on the day:

Most Improved in the last 12 months – Charlotte Clarke (ALB). Twelve year old Charlotte has just returned from playing in the sanatorium Ladies inter-County team.

Best under 18 player – Katie Harris (ALB) – Katie will be off to the US soon on a tennis scholarship and we all wish her a happy and successful time there. Also Katie was a member of the Ladies team in the Island Games winning team Gold in Gotland.

Well done everyone!


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.