ALBANY TENNIS CLUB NEWS (12 APRIL) by Pat Sharp

More news on our juniors  playing in UK, though this time it’s Sarah Long (11) playing in Jersey, at The Ceasarean Tennis Club. Sarah had an excellent tournament  ending up r/up in the BNP Parisbas Easter Junior Open Girl’s 12 & under singles. Her scores were : Bt Annabelle Lucas-Villare 6/3 6/3, bt Maddy Gott 7/5 6/0, Elisa Duvigneau 6/1 6/0 before losing 1/6 2/6 to Channel Islands U12 no.1 Ingrid Marsh. Meanwhile Orry Farnworth (9) has been playing in Leicester where he won 2 green ball matches and lost 2. In Surrey he lost in the final and was then playing in Draycott. No scores received yet but it’s good that the youngsters are keen to test their skills off the island.

 

We also have 5 members who will be testing their ability to compete with high standard players in the Island Games in the beautiful island of Gotland, off the coast of Sweden. They are Laura Feely, Katie Harris, Sean Drewry plus  Elena &, Hannah Snidal (who are also members of Castletown)  Next Tuesday they will have an official presentation of support from the club and 2 sponsors – Equiom(IOM) Ltd and Tower Insurance (Isle of Man) Limited

So that all the Island Games tennis team can have some extra match practice, Albany, has this year moved the date of the Chrystals Senior Open so that it is prior to The Games. This event will be held from 6 – 14 May. Entry forms will be available at the club from this weekend and will also be e-mailed to members plus the other island clubs. So lets have a big entry – there are cash prizes – and test the “chosen few”!. Entries can be e-mailed to me at albanytennispr@manx.net; posted in the club’s white box or posted to the Entry Secretary, Ballabreck, South Cape, LAXEY, IM4 7BY. Cheques payable to Albany LTC.

 

Note for all juniors – coaching will re-start at usual times when you go back to school. However you are welcome to make up a four and play during the holidays. There will be a group of green ball players at the club next Wednesday from 11.30am.

ALBANY TENNIS NEWS (5 APRIL) by Pat Sharp

My word it’s been a busy week for Albany the start of the “season” ie from April it’s as though everyone wakes up and starts playing.

The first junior tournament of the season ended on Saturday with some very good tennis played by all age groups. It was good to see some of the under 8s playing in their first tournament. The last match of the day was a high quality 12 & under singles between Roch Mirski and Charlotte Clarke which Roch eventually won with a Champions tie-break 10-8. This match was watched by Chris Watterson of Nedgroup Investments (IOM) Ltd who then presented the prizes on behalf of the sponsors. Thank you to Jan and some parents who provided the usual Finals Day tea for a group of hungry juniors. Nedgroup have agreed to continue sponsoring this event for 2018. Thank you to Garreth Roome, Jim Travers who assisted Bryan Sharp as referee. Juniors please note that our weekly coaching session’s stop during the Easter break and will restart on Monday 24 April.  Results: Girls U8 – winner Sophie Christian, r/up Hannah Soliven; Boys U8 winner Ryan Colquitt, r/up Nicholas Wilson; Girls U9 winner Annelise Mellor, r/up Holly Roberts; Boys U9 winner Orry Farnworth, r/up Jared Shepherd; U10 Mixed – winner Orry Farnworth, r/up Henry Davies; U12 Mixed winner Roch Mirski, r/up Jayden Go; U18 Mixed winner Roch Mirski, r/up Jack Christian. Best performance award went to Roch Mirski. ( Photo of prize winners)

 Last Friday evening the club ran a very successful Quiz Night with difficult, and fun questions set by Jackie Russell and Clare Skelcher. The eventual winners were “Totes Inappropes”, r/u “Past, Present and Future” and  with Del’s Beauties winning the “Lemon” prize. Thanks to everyone who donated raffle prizes and  Jan who organised the draw. Profit on the evening is just over £200 which will go towards the re-decorating and new carpet for the lounge. Anyone have any new ideas for fund raising please contact me – does anyone fancy running a car boot sale.

Congratulations to our Mixed Doubles A team on winning the Winter League Div 1. Their final win was a 6-0 win at Castletown. Well done to all players that have featured during a difficult season weather-wise. The summer league gets under way week beginning 17 April – Good Luck everyone.

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 (007@gmail.com to enter) or just come and watch and support the event.  Funds raised will go towards equipment for the IOM Cardiac Department at Nobles Hospital.

Forms will be available shortly for the Annual Chrystals Senior Open tournament – 6 – 14 May. This date was specifically fixed to enable the IOM tennis team to gain additional match practice before travelling to the beautiful island, Gotland. So we look forward to welcoming them at the club and will need a good entry to test them! Five Albany members are in the team and a presentation of the club’s support for them will be made in late April or early May. Congratulations to Katie Harris who is just back from the USA having accepted a tennis scholarship Arkansas Tech. Meanwhile brother Billy is playing Futures events in Portugal.

IOMLTA SUMMER LEAGUE 2017

The Summer League matches are due to start this week. We have 4 Albany Mens Teams and 2 Albany Womens Teams taking part over the next 17 weeks!!

Good Luck to everyone!

Fixtures this week:

Tuesday 18 April 6.30 – Away – Ramsey A v Albany C Men

Wednesday 19 April 7.00 – Home – Albany B Women v Douglas B

Thursday 20 April 7.00 – Home – Albany D Men v Ramsey B

Albany News 27th March 2017

by Pat Sharp

The Albany/Nedgroup Junior Open Finals day is this Saturday with a prize presentation by Chris Watterson of Nedgroup Investments(IOM) Ltd. We would like to see all competitors whether winners or not at the club from 2pm to watch some of  the matches, attend the presentation and then have tea. The referee would be pleased if a couple of older juniors would volunteer to umpire some of the matches in the Under 8 event from 2pm on that day. Please let Ian Watson or Bryan Sharp know if you can help.

Good progress with the tournament programme was made on Saturday and through the week. Results so far are:

U10 Mixed singles

r/r Orry Farnworth bt Henry Davies 4/0; Henry Davies w/o Ben Bosworth; Orry Farnworth bt Ben Bosworth 4/4 (10-5).

U12 mixed singles

r/r –  Charlotte Clarke bt Orry Farnworth 4/0 4/0;

U18 Mixed singles

Roch Mirski bt Charlotte Clarke 6/0 6/1, Jack Christian bt Jayden Go 6/3 6/0, Roch Mirski bt Jack Christian 2/6 6/4 (12-10), Jack Christian bt Sasha Thomas 6/4 6/4, Sasha Thomas bt Jayden Go 6/0 6/2, Roch Mirski bt Jayden Go 7/5 6/3, Sasha Thomas bt Charlotte Clarke 2/6 6/3 (10-6).

Remaining results and photo will be in next week’s Courier.

The courts are looking good after the working parties efforts. Will members please sweep excess leaves off the courts so that work parties aren’t needed very often.

IOM LTA  WINTER MIXED LEAGUE  2016 to 2017 DIVISION 1

RESULTS of RE-SCHEDULED FOURTH FIXTURE:

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

Team:  Andy, Jim, Laura & Sarah

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

British Heart Foundation Tournament at Albany Tennis Club on Tuesday 16th May

Calling all Albany Tennis Players!
It’s that time of year again!
British Heart Foundation Tournament at Albany Tennis Club, Tuesday 16th May, 9.30am start, £10 to enter, should finish by 1pm. Refreshments provided.
Please respond to confirm if you can or can’t participate. It’s for a very worthwhile cause, we are raising funds to provide equipment for the IOM Cardiac Department at the Hospital.
We can only have a maximum number of Players, so it’s on a 1st come 1st serve basis! We will have a reserve list in case anyone drops out!
Ian has very kindly agreed to run the Tournament for us again this year.
It’s a morning of social tennis and fun, please join us!
Please reply to Bridget by email 007bridget@gmail.com
Many thanks.

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Albany News 16th March 2017

by Pat Sharp

Another of our juniors has been testing his skills in the UK recently. Roch Mirski (12) who has an 8.1 rating played in a grade 3 ( regional) tournament in Bolton and won 3 out of 4 matches he lost to Oliver Hague (7.2) 6/2 6/1 but then won his other 3 matches in the Consolation Draw. beating James Ashworth(8.1) 6/0 6/3;
Ethan Barret (8.1) 6/0 6/2 and Kyle Hughes-McCabe (7.2) 6/3 2/6 (10-6) to win the consolation event. Well done Roch all the time you spend at the club is paying off!

NB – juniors and their parents – 6pm Saturday (18th) entries close for the Nedgroup Junior Open. Fill in your form and leave it in the office or the white post box. You should all be used to this routine by now. This is my final “NUDGE” to all juniors who haven’t yet entered the Nedgroup Junior Open – coaching is not the be all and end all of playing tennis – you have to enter competitions and find out if what you have learnt works. If not then more practice and try again. Albany stages three open and one closed junior event each year and we want to see all of you taking part plus we will welcome juniors from all parts of the Island and visitors from the UK.

Quiz Night – hopefully members are busy entering teams with Kirsten Hall our Social Secretary – e-mail her at social@albanyltc.co.uk . We will be running a raffle and I already have some nice prizes but a couple of Easter eggs would add to the variety of prizes on offer.

We had a working party last Saturday despite the weather and progress was made on cleaning the courts thanks to Bryan Sharp, David Kennaugh, Ian Copley, Garreth Roome plus non-members Julie & Dougie Lister. There will be more to do this Saturday from 12noon to 2pm and Sunday 10am – 12noon, so please spare an hour or so – it isn’t strenuous and many hands make light work.

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”.

Reminders

  • 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 ianwatsonpts@manx.net
  • Quiz Night – 31 March – contact Kirsten Hall to enter a team and book suppers – contact her on social@albanyltc.co.uk.

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 (www.lta.org.uk/BTM)- this is free and  there are many benefits including access to the Wimbledon ballot and tickets for other major events.

 

IOM LTA WINTER MIXED LEAGUE 2016 to 2017 DIVISION 1

RESULTS of SIXTH FIXTURE:

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!

RE-SCHEDULED FOURTH FIXTURE:

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.