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

Albany News 30th November 2016

by Pat Sharp

“A Night at the Races ” held in the club lounge last Friday was another successful fund raiser producing at least £1,000 after expenses which will be used to repay our outstanding loans on the new courts.  The committee wish to thank all the companies  and individuals who sponsored the nine races and as well as the many members and friends who sponsored owners, trainers & jockeys. This is always a fun event so ably run by John Morrison of Morrison Photos Thanks also to those who helped on the night with the suppers (Port Jack Chippy), the raffle and generally clearing up afterwards. This is the last planned fund raiser for this year but the committee would like to hear from any members who might have suggestions for social, fund raising or competition events for next year. Maybe our juniors would like to organise an event – with the help of parents. Years ago we did sponsored walks, 24hr tennis, serving speed competitions, ladies football, cheese and wine parties etc. perhaps we can look back at our history and try some again. Also if club members have a company or work for a company that would like to display a banner in the indoor court please let me know. That’s enough of money matters.

Mini and junior members – coaching will take a break during the Christmas/New Year period. The last session will be Friday 16 December. Coaching will recommence when schools re-open in January (dates to be advised later). There will, however, be the annual Christmas Junior/mini team competition and quiz.  This will be on Monday 19 December from 10am – 12noon, lunch break and then 1pm – 3pm. Entry fee for the day is £5 and players to take a packed lunch. You will be able to sign up for this on the board in the clubroom. This event is organised by club coach, Ian Watson and the emphasis is on fun.

Don’t forget the Teddy Bears raffle for Mini members only – tickets (10p each) are in the club room and also there are a lot of packets of handmade Christmas gift labels for sale.

Don’t forget that the club facilities will be available to members throughout the Christmas/New Year period. A good way to run off the festive food!

Albany News 24th November 2016

by Pat Sharp


The Auxesia Junior Open was concluded last Saturday despite some pretty awful weather.  Once again we had enough under 8 entries to run separate girls and boys events. This event introduces young players to competition and each time we see different players winning. Prizes were presented by Club President, Bryan Sharp


U14 Mixed singles round robin:

Winner             Jack Christian, R/up Roch Mirski;

U12 Mixed singles :

Semi Finals     Charlotte Clarke  bt Ben Bosworth 4/0

Aailish Kelly bt David Taylor 4-1

Final                Charlotte Clarke bt Aailish Kelly 4/0

U10 Mixed singles  round robin:

Winner             Orry Farnworth ;  R/up Ben Bosworth

U9 Mixed singles

Semi finals       Greg Kelly bt Jared Shepard 7-1

Orry Farnworth bt Lucas Harding 7-0   

Final                Greg Kelly, bt Orry Farnworth 7-2, 7-5

8 and under singles:

Girls event

Box A

Winner             Phoebe Davies, R/up Hannah Solivan

Box B

Winner             Kirsten Monsales, R/up Mollie Zybert

Semi finals       Phobe bt Kirsten 10-8, Hannah bt Mollie 10-4

Final                  Hannah bt Phoebe 10-5


Boys event

Box A

Winner             Ryan Colquitt, R/up Gethin Bufton

Box B

Winner             Ale Ramirez, R/up Henry Leigh

Semi finals       Ryan bt Ale 10-7, Gethin bt Henry 10-8

Final                Ryan Colquitt bt Gethin Bufton 10-7

On Tuesday the AGM was a smooth affair with members seemingly happy with how the committee run the club. The Chairman gave a report on the year’s activities and particularly thanked those involved with the 50th Year Celebration Dinner and the visit of Mrs Cathie Sabin, President of the LTA. Club coach, Ian Watson and his team were thanked for the coaching and competition programme. The financial scene, presented by Treasurer, David Bufton, was satisfactory and it was recommended that there be no increase in membership fees or cost of hiring the indoor court. The Committee, President and Vice-Presidents were re-elected en-bloc.

Special notice for Mini members – Membership Secretary, Jan Gaskill, has organised a Christmas Raffle for three lovely teddy bears. Tickets at 10p each will be on sale on Saturday during your coaching programme.