Albany News 9th March 2017

by Pat Sharp

This week we have a special appeal from our facilities Manager, Bryan Sharp as follows:

It is probably apparent to many members that following another wet winter the outside courts have become dirty in parts.. He is looking for volunteers to assist with lightly scrubbing the courts with special brooms, using clear water (no chemicals). He says “In my experience this is not too energetic, so this is an Equal Opportunities initiative!”

The proposed times are Saturdays 11th and 18th 12noon – 2pm and Sunday 19th March 10am – 12noon. Any time you can manage would be greatly appreciated. Please contact Bryan (861497) if you intend to help as we may have to purchase extra brooms. The courts belong to all the members and from time to time help is needed to keep all facilities “up to scratch”.


  • Nedgroup Junior Open – 25 March – 1 April. Events for all age groups and we would particularly like to see entries from other clubs. Entry forms have been e-mailed to all Albany members, there are some forms in the clubhouse, details on the club website and forms have also been posted to all schools and the NSC, so there is a variety of ways juniors can enter. Entries close at 6pm on Saturday 18 March. Any queries contact Ian Watson 4962934 or e-mail
  • Quiz Night – 31 March – contact Kirsten Hall to enter a team and book suppers – contact her on

Members are reminded that we collect all used tennis balls and re-sell them to dog owners. This is one of many ways the committee look to raise funds and keep membership fees to a minimum. Also don’t forget to re-new your membership before 31 March. Renewal forms have been issued for all members – if you pay on line PLEASE send a completed form to the membership secretary, Jan Gaskill. Also don’t forget to indicate if you wish to play league tennis and if you have a British tennis membership. If you haven’t enrolled you can do so on the LTA website ( this is free and  there are many benefits including access to the Wimbledon ballot and tickets for other major events.




Monday 20 February    Douglas B v Albany A    6.30pm  AWAY

Team:  Andy & Laura   /  Garreth & Kirsten

A WIN for Albany A – 5 Sets : 1 Set – CONGRATULATIONS!


Saturday 25 March 2017   Castletown A v Albany A    1.00pm  AWAY

Albany News 16th February 2017

by Pat Sharp

As it is half-term next week there will be no junior coaching from Sat 18th – all squads will re-start as from Monday 27th February. Meanwhile we can wish ‘Good Luck’ to the Isle of Man 18 & under county boys team who will be travelling next weekend in Newport, Gwent . The five boys travelling are all members of Albany and they will be accompanied by their coach, Ian Watson The team is Sean Drewry, Sasha Thomas, Jay Skelcher Maxwell, Sam Skelcher Maxwell and Jack Christian who is also a member of Ramsey TC.

A message for the parents of the Mini Tennis players who attend coaching on Saturdays – why not try having “a hit” on the outdoor courts? Club Coach Ian Watson will be organising some adult beginner/rusty racquets coaching – then you can enjoy playing with your children.  Maybe we can arrange a parent/child mini tennis competition. The full club programme for this year will be on the website shortly please take a look and put the dates in your diary.

The sale of Lounge Carpet Tiles is going well – the chart is in the club room so if you haven’t had a go yet your support would be appreciated.

At our recent committee meeting it was agreed to add an additional category to room hire costs and this would be £30 for 3hrs which is a more reasonable charge for organisations wishing to hold meetings.

The IOMLTA summer league details will be announced shortly and we hope to enter four men’s and two ladies’ teams. If any members are interested in playing league tennis please contact our club captain Jackie Russell as she is looking for extra players.

Latest league result ; The IOMLTA Poker Stars Winter Doubles Tennis latest results – a good win for Albany in Div 1 Div 1:

Albany A beat Douglas A 4-2. Andy Murray/David Bufton lost to Stewart Swann/Karl Moore 6-7. Laura Feely/Charlotte Clarke beat Karen Faragher/Tania Thomas 6-4. Murray/Feely beat Swann/Faragher 6-3. Bufton/Clarke beat Moore/Thomas 7-5. Murray/Feely beat Moore/Thomas 6-0. Bufton/Clarke lost to Swann/Faragher 3-6.

We still have a few of the Albany/Auxesia Ltd shirts sizes U8, U10 and U12 available to sell at £10. The club subsidises the cost.

Albany News 9th February 2017

by Pat Sharp

At their recent AGM our Friday Morning Ladies section confirmed several events will be held during the season. So please make a note of the following dates:

• The Summer Lunch                               Friday 16 June
• Strawberry Coffee Morning                 Friday 7 July
• Macmillan “Big Stir” coffee morning Friday 22 September
• Harvest Lunch                                        Friday 13 October

The organisers work hard arranging these events so please support them if possible.

Are you enrolling members or friends for your team in the Annual Quiz Night 31 March? Details will be announced shortly – your contact is Kirsten Hall – e-mail

Membership renewals will be sent out shortly – to qualify for the discount offered you must re-enrol by 31 March 2017. Any queries contact Jan Gaskill – e-mail

We are due to name how many teams we wish to enter in the summer leagues this year, SO it would be very helpful if members who wish to play league tennis tick the relevant box on the membership forms. Club Captain, Jackie Russell would be really pleased to welcome new members into the squad. You can find out more by contacting her by e-mail

The Isle of Man LTA has confirmed that Albany will host this year’s Senior Closed Championships from 11 – 18 June. This date has been chosen to give the Island Games team extra match practice. This year the Games are in Gotland and are proving very expensive so if any member can suggest possible sponsorship if only for the Albany members in the team it would help. The team will be announced shortly.

The fund raising for the lounge carpet has received a very generous anonymous donation for which we are grateful. Don’t forget to buy a £3 square when you are next at the club. There are 6 prizes for the winning squares.

Two of our juniors were in Manchester last Sunday playing in the Virgin Active Under 12 Winter Tour. In the girl’s event of 15 players, Charlotte Clarke reached the final winning – 1st R 4/2 4/1, QF – 4/1 /4/3, S/F 4/1 4/3 but lost in the final 4/2 4/2 . Meanwhile Roch Mirski played in the boys event winning 4/1, 4/0 His Q/F match was a tough one losing 3/4 2/4 to a player with much more experience gained by playing 27 tournaments last year. It is hard to gain that amount of experience here. Tennis, like other sports is a tough sport when you live on an Island – travel time and costs can be a real handicap. So well done to both players and if any other of our juniors (or seniors!) are playing in the UK please let me have your scores. Your fellow members are interested.

Albany News 2nd February 2017

by Pat Sharp

Last week the club hosted another successful sponsors lunch for the companies that support the club financially, Life members, Vice Presidents and the press, all of whom are a vital part of the club’s structure. We have large, good quality facilities which are costly to maintain and the committee are reluctant to increase membership fees or the cost of hiring the indoor court.  Therefore, it seems the least we can do is to say a big ‘Thank You’ to these very important people.

An excellent lunch was provided by Jan Gaskill, Fran Shacklock, Bridget Stewart, Pat Sharp and Robbie Orr, whose delicious cheesecake disappeared quicker than a rabbit down a hole!!

Everyone was welcomed by Club President, Bryan Sharp, who thanked all the guests for the continuing support the club has received  over more than 20years. Most of the money goes to the Mini Tennis and Junior programme in the form of coaching and tournaments plus the upkeep of the indoor court which is used for 10 – 15 hours per week for these activities. Albany’s policy is to “encourage children to play and enjoy tennis”.

After the excellent lunch Chairman, Stuart Colligon, thanked the ladies for a lovely meal and also Hilary Power and Emma Raybon for assisting with clearing up. We all look forward to next year’s lunch and we are likely to have more guests as two companies are interested in being part of the Albany Support team. If any member knows of  a company that would like to display a banner in the indoor court please contact me on 861497 (498597) or e-mail It only costs £3 per week rental!!

The committee will be meeting next Tuesday (7th Feb) so if any member has suggestions for the coming season’s activities, fund raising, wants to play in the league etc, now is the time to let us now.

The scheme to provide funds for a new lounge carpet is gathering pace with a third of the tiles already sold. Also we have had a large donation from the Friday Ladies group following their AGM last week., plus funds from the Junior Christmas tournament and quiz. Thank you to you all.

I’m still knitting scarves, hats etc for the Children of Chernobyl so if anyone any spare wool, preferably double knitting, please leave it at the club. Thank you.

Albany News 21st January 2017

by Pat Sharp

The club will be hosting the annual Sponsors’ Lunch next Wednesday (25th). Will all those invited who haven’t replied yet, please do so by this Saturday 21st so that we can cater for the right number of guests?

The club has decided to hold the annual Quiz Night on Friday 31 March.  It will be the usual format with suppers brought in  I’ll have more details soon but please make a note of the date in your diary.

The Buy a Carpet Tile fundraiser will be ready to start this weekend. There are prizes for 1st (£15), 2nd (£10) and 3rd (a tube of tennis balls)for the numbers drawn on both colour tiles. Committee members will be asking for your support. A tile costs £3.

The first tournament of the season will be the annual Nedgroup Junior OPEN which starts on Saturday 25 March with Finals Day on Saturday 1st April.

The club has used tennis balls for dogs, also Wimbledon cushions, club shirts and other items to sell. They are taking up space in the store.

Does anyone fancy organising a car Boot Sale – preferably on a Saturday from 1pm – 3pm? Contact me if you fancy taking on that role.



Saturday 14 January    Castletown A v Albany A    1.00pm  AWAY – CANCELLED

Re-scheduled for Saturday 25 March 2017 at 1pm


Wednesday 25 January    Albany A v Douglas A    7.00pm  HOME

Team:  Andy M & Laura F  /  David B & Charlotte C

Best of Luck!

Racquet & balls

Albany News 22nd December 2016

by Pat Sharp

This year’s Christmas Tournament and Quiz was well supported with 24 juniors taking part and a good time was had by all.

Teams were named after the world’s men’s top players:
Team Nishikori won with  266 points – captain Sasha Thomas with Jake Ward, Jake Turner and Albert Kessler making  up the team.

Second place was team Andy Murray with 257 points made up of Jayden Go (captain) Sophie Christian, Annalise Mellor and Greg Kelly.

Thanks to Ian Watson, club coach, for running this popular club event. During the day, the draw for the teddy bears, organised by Jan Gasill,  was made and these were won by William Cowley, Charlotte and Amelie Geldart and Daniel Chen. Thanks to everyone who bought tickets.

The date for our Annual Sponsors’ lunch has been put back to 25 January and Jan Gaskill is looking for 3 or 4 helpers either to cook, serve or wash up. Please let Jan now if you can help.




Wednesday 30 November    Albany A v Douglas B    7.00pm  HOME

Team:  Andy M & Laura F  /  David B & Charlotte C

A WIN for Albany A – 6 Sets : 0 Set – CONGRATULATIONS!

Next Match – Saturday 14 January    Castletown A v Albany A    1.00pm  AWAY

Racquet & balls