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.

Albany News 4th May

by Pat Sharp

Albany/Chrystals Senior Open

Having spoken with Ian Watson (Tournament Referee) on Wednesday he has decided that the entry is not big enough to run this type of event. It is with reluctance that the event is postponed. Having moved our usual date to earlier in the season to aid the Island Games team with some extra match practice we find it is conflicting with so many other events – on and off Island that affect Island players.  Ian will be looking at the island’s tennis calendar of events to find a new date probably late July or in August. A new date will be announced shortly.

Thank you to those who did enter – your fees will be returned and we look forward to you entering when the new date is announced.  (


All junior coaching has re-started and the parents of those who attend mini tennis on Saturdays are invited to re-kindle their skills whilst the children are being coached.  We can lend you a racquet if you don’t have one and we hope you want to enrol for some adult/rusty racquets coaching which Ian will be organising in a few weeks time.

The Road to Wimbledon

I mentioned last week The Road to Wimbledon – Isle of Man qualifying event. The winner of the Boys and Girls singles will actually PLAY at Wimbledon. The event is for players 14&U. Players need to be rated 10.2 – 7.1 and have a BTM no. Players eligible are those born between 1 September 2002 and 31st August 2006.

In the past few years we only seem to have enough boys entered – but this year we are looking to have 8 girls enter. I would love to see 8 girls playing in the event at Douglas Lawn Tennis Club on the 20 May (if wet on Sunday 21). Entries close on the 18 May and you can enter on line OR e-mail your entry to  – details have been e-mailed to all our juniors. If you have any queries please contact the referee, Paul Jarvis on


RESULTS from this week’s Fixtures:

Tuesday 18 April 6.30 – Away – Ramsey A v Albany C Men: Lost 5 – 1
Wednesday 19 April 7.00 – Home – Albany B Women v Douglas B: Match abandoned due to rain!!
Thursday 20 April 7.00 – Home – Albany D Men v Ramsey B: Lost 0 – 6

It may not be our best start – but we can only get better!

FIXTURES coming up:

Wednesday 26 April 7.00 – HOME – Albany B v Albany A Men

Tuesday 2 May 6.30 – AWAY – Castletown A v Albany B Men
Thursday 4 May 7.00 – HOME – Albany C Men v Douglas B
Thursday 4 May 6.30 – AWAY – Ramsey B v Albany D Men

Good luck to everyone!


On Tuesday the club arranged presentations to four of it’s members, Sean Drewry, Laura Feely, Elena and Hannah Snidal, who have been selected for the IOM Tennis team to play in the Nat West Island Games in Gotland (Sweden) in June.  The presentations were made by Peter Gallagher of Tower Insurance and Steve Christian on behalf of Equiom. The club is very grateful to them for their donations. We realised this was going to be an expensive trip for our young members and with the support of two of our constant sponsors Equiom (IOM) Ltd and Tower Insurance (Isle of Man) Ltd we were able to give each player a cheque for £100 towards their expenses and a sponsored T shirt. One of the players Katie Harris (17) had to return to Loughborough College on Monday so club President Bryan Sharp gave Katie her sponsorship. We will of course be saying “Goodbye” to Katie in September when she departs on her 4 year tennis scholarship in Arkansas, USA.. The players were also given T shirts with the sponsors name on and Equiom pens for writing their postcards from Gotland.


Thank you to Equiom for sponsorship Albany’s Island Games Team members
Thank you to Tower Insurance for sponsoring Albany’s Island Games Team members

More success for Albany members in the UK. Sean Drewry was just back from playing in the North of England Championships (Grade 3) where he won 3 matches to reach the final before losing to the top seed. He then played another Grade 3 event in Hull where he reached the qtr finals of the men’s Singles but then teamed up with Chris Jeffrey to win the Men’s Doubles beating the top seeds in the final with a 13-11 Champions tie-break. Well done Sean – some good match practice for the Island Games.


Chrystals Senior Open Tournament – entry forms are now available at the club and have also been e-mailed to members and other clubs. The format is progressive based on your rating – juniors playing yellow ball are also welcome as they would play in a lower group with the chance to progress. The winner’s prize in the top group is £50 and £30 for the runner-up, so this is an event worth entering. All finalists will receive an engraved medal. Send your form to Entry Secretary, Ballabreck, South Cape, Laxey, IM4 7BY, e-mail to or “post” in the club white post box. Early entries would be greatly appreciated.


Saturday coaching will re-start on 29 April so I look forward to seeing you all.


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; 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.


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 ( 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.


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.



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!