Albany News 20th October

by Pat Sharp

Well, we have all recovered from the busy time with the Dinner, Tombola and the visit of Mrs Cathie Sabin OBE, President of the LTA. Comments from all those involved agreed it was a real success and is firing up some members with enthusiasm for future events.

Meanwhile Ian Watson, Club Coach, was busy completing the club juniors Championships and a pleasing aspect of this was being able to run the red ball U8 with girls and boys in different groups. The winner was Sophie Christian, 2nd Phoebe Davies and 3rd Charlotte Geldart. In the boys U8 Ryan Nelson was the winner, closely followed by Henry Dawson. This group had some close matches.

There was an even better entry in the Orange ball (U9) with 14 players – boys & girls together playing r/robin matches initially.

Group A winner Orry Farnworth r/up Jared Shepherd; Gr B winner Callum Larkin r/up Florence Leigh; Gr C winner  Greg Kelly r/up Zac Colligon; Gr D winner Ryan Colquitt r/up Holly Roberts. These 8 progressed to a qtr final – results: Orry bt Zac 10–1, Ryan bt Florence 10-4, Greg bt Jared 10-4, Callum bt Holly 10-8; s/finals Orry bt Ryan 10-3, Greg bt Callum 10-4; Final Orry bt Greg 10-5.

Green ball (U10) r/r winner Ben Bosworth 5 wins r/up Orry Farnworth 4 wins. In the under 18 singles – r/r winner Sean Drewry r/up Jack Christian.

The under 14 event is still to be completed. Thanks to coaches and parents who umpired the Mini Tennis U8 matches. Trophies were presented by Auxesia Director and Club Chairman, Stuart Colligon.

Congratulations  to our Mixed A team on winning Division One. They managed a draw against Castletown A on Monday to clinch the title. This season has been a difficult one for Club Captain, Jackie Russell in trying to find enough players keen to play league matches. A lot of our members go away on business, there’s been illness, injury, family matters and shortage of time through work commitments much more than in previous seasons. Let’s hope we can encourage more players to step up to the mark and play for the club teams next year.

Take note – The President’s Day – Senior/Junior tournament will be held on Sunday 30 October. Start time 2pm (sign on at 1.45pm) with the first stage round robin. The knock-out/place play-offs start at 3pm with presentations and tea at 4.30pm.This is a yellow ball event and the rules are: seniors only have a first serve, juniors who have played regular league tennis play as a senior.. Entry fee seniors £3 juniors £2. proceeds to The Friends of the Children of Chernobyl. Entries to Bryan Sharp – e-mail: or placed in the club’s white postbox inside the clubhouse. Entries close Wednesday 26 October.

Another date for the diary is the club’s under 27yrs singles which is for the young adults and older juniors. This will be held from 16 – 18 December.

Finally the dvd shown at the club’s celebration dinner is now on the club’s website and is well worth a look. Kirsten Hall did a brilliant job.

Albany News 13th October

By Pat Sharp


Last weekend Albany LTC were honoured to have the President of the Lawn Tennis Association, Mrs Cathie Sabin OBE,  spend 4 days looking at various aspects of the club and attending the Celebration Dinner at The Empress Hotel as our special guest.

Mrs Sabin, accompanied by her husband John, is the first ever female President of the LTA, will retire from her role in December and  she will be a hard act to follow. We were delighted she accepted our invitation as she is a very busy lady. From Rio to China, ITF meetings in various parts of the world, Davis Cup, Wimbledon, The French Open, Australian Open, US Open etc etc – her role takes her everywhere. So coming to Douglas was slightly different but she enjoyed it so much that they might come back for a holiday.

Arriving on Thursday she and John visited the club and were very impressed with the facilities. They had dinner with the committee and talked, talked, talked! The next day they visited the Friday Morning Ladies group, then Ballacottier School where she had a look at the children’s sports activities, and spoke to the Key Stage 2 children. Cathie is a retired PE teacher, so was completely at home.

Friday evening she and John joined 90 members and guests at The Empress Hotel for a dinner to celebrate the 50years of development at the Ballaughton Meadows site –  from an acre of farmland for £485 to the current facilities ie 3 outdoor floodlit courts, one indoor court and 2 storey modern clubhouse .Guests included some of those who worked on the original site -putting up fences, laying hardcore by hand as well as fundraising. This included David Kennaugh, Louis Callow, Dave Wilkinson, Ron Ronan, Elaine Ronan (nee Cannell) and Margaret Brown (nee Rawlinson).

Charlotte Clarke presented a gift on behalf of the club, whilst Sam Skelcher-Maxwell and Jack Christian also assisted during the evening. It was nice to see juniors at such an important event and it is a club policy to involve juniors in all aspects of the club. They will be the future of the Albany.

During the evening Clare Skelcher introduced a video of the 50yrs photos and press reports. This had been prepared by Kirsten Hall, who unfortunately was off island.  Thanks must be given to them, plus Jan Gaskill, who organised the dinner and her helpers Barbara & Fran.

The club had been running a fund raising Tombola which had 20 very good prizes worth £1,000!  Mrs Sabin drew the tickets, assisted by Sean Drewry and Jay Skelcher-Maxwell. Club Chairman Stuart Colligon was MC for the evening . Mrs Sabin made a very amusing speech praising those who had worked or are still working on the club’s facilities. She gave us an insight into the male dominated LTA and the fact that not only was she female, a teacher (not a banker or solicitor) but taught at a state school not a private one.

On the Saturday they enjoyed a guided tour of the NSC at which they marvelled. Cathie said to have such excellent facilities for such a small population was excellent.

Then it was back to Albany to watch the club’s Mini Tennis programme, organised by Club Coach, Ian Watson who was assisted by Sarah Breed, Garreth Roome and Callum Watson. She watched the whole 1 hour session , talked to parents and coaches and then outside for a photo with the children, followed by a Manx Radio interview, then a quick lunch, a visit to Laxey Wheel and a lap of the TT course. They both gasped at the drop down from Kate’s Cottage to Creg-ny-Baa.  They were so impressed with everything they saw so they make a return trip.

Thank you to everyone who helped to make the weekend a great success.

Three dates for your diary –

  • Annual General Meeting – Tuesday 22 November 6.30pm in the Club Lounge
  • A Night at the Races   – Friday 25 November 7pm in Club Lounge
  • Sponsors Lunch – Wednesday 18 January 2017

Summer Mixed League Update 11th Oct

MONDAY’S RESULTS: IOMLTA Poker Stars Summer Mixed Doubles Tennis Leagues
Albany A v Castletown A at Home.
Team: Ian & Laura; Jim & Sarah

A WIN for Albany A, 4 sets to 2 – WELL DONE!  😀

Final fixture to be played on Monday 17 October, starting at 7pm, also to be played at Home. Castletown A v Albany A!


Albany News 6th October

by Pat Sharp

This weekend will be a very busy one for members of Albany LTC. The President of the Lawn Tennis Association, Mrs Cathie Sabin OBE, accompanied by her husband,John, will be here for 3 days as a special guest of the club.

Cathie will be guest of honour at the club’s Dinner on Friday to celebrate 50 years since buying one acre of farmland for £485 and starting the long road of fund raising to build courts and a clubhouse at Ballaughton Meadows.

Whilst here she will visit the Friday Morning Ladies and Ballacottier school on the Friday. Saturday will include a guided tour of the NSC and then a visit to the club’s Mini Tennis programme held each Saturday, where it’s planned to have an official photo for the club’s sponsor, Auxesia Ltd.

All Mini and Junior members are asked to wear the green and white Auxesia shirts. Cathie will also see some of the traditional sites of the island including a lap of the TT course, Laxey Wheel and a visit to the Calf Sound.

Anyone wanting to attend the IOMLTA dinner at Douglas Golf Club on 21 October must get their names to me with chqs. £16.25 payable to IOMLTA by absolutely no later than Monday (10th Oct).


Albany News 29th September

by Pat Sharp

I hope all our members have had a look at our new club website, which looks really modern and attractive. Hopefully you can all work the new indoor court booking system. If members have any ideas they think would add to the site please contact Stuart Colligon or any committee member and discuss it. The committee is really grateful to Andy Murray, who looked after our original website, for all his efforts in keeping members up to date with club news. Thanks Andy.

The Isle of Man LTA Annual Dinner & Prize Presentation will be held at the Douglas Golf Club on Friday 21 October starting at 7.30pm. The two course meal is £16.25pp. If you want to attend please let me know by 6 October with your payment (chqs payable to IOMLTA) which can be left in the white box.

Our ‘50 years at Ballaughton Celebration Dinner’ at The Empress Hotel on Friday 7 October looks like being a real success with currently 90 members and friends attending. If you haven’t ordered your tickets yet you had better hurry as the room only holds 120. Contact Jan Gaskill by e-mail or phone 862144.

Final reminder to those who haven’t returned  the tombola tickets, sold or unsold, to me please do so by this weekend if possible. I’ll be at the club on Friday morning for the Macmillan Coffee Morning and Saturday 11.30 to 2.30pm to collect them or you can leave them in the white box. Also if anyone thinks they can sell another book please contact me by e-mail We have 20 excellent prizes so it’s well worth having at least one ticket.

Albany News 22nd September

by Pat Sharp


Due to the work being done at the club this week, the committee being extra busy with the forthcoming Dinner, Tombola etc., and a working party needed at the club on Sunday 2nd Oct, the committee has decided to postpone the President’s Day Junior/Senior annual competition and the Club Junior Championships.

The Junior Championships will now run from Monday 10th  – Sunday 16th October. Entries close Tuesday 4th October 6pm.

Events will be:

  • Red ball (U8) – played Saturday 15th Oct 2pm
  • Orange ball (U9)
  • Green ball (U10)
  • Singles U12 & U18
  • Doubles U10, U14 & U18.

Entry forms will be available from this weekend. Entries by e-mail to Thanks to our kind sponsor, Auxesia Ltd., there is no entry fee for club championships.  Completed entry forms can be placed in the club’s white post box.

A new date for the Junior/Senior will be announced shortly.

The Senior Club Championships were a bit disappointing this year with the women’s entries too low to run. I don’t know what it is about the female tennis players – they don’t like to compete. In my younger days the women’s events were always eagerly contested but also good fun. Hopefully we can turn that trend around for next year. However, the men’s singles had enough entries to run a qualifier for the main draw and we had some good matches.

Remaining results: Qualifying final Gareth Roome by Dean Morgan 7/6(4) 6/4. 6/1; Main Draw final Sean Drewry bt Oliver Broadhead 6/1 6/0 Men’s Doubles: Sean Drewry/Jay Skelcher Maxwell bt Paul Reid/Rob Colquitt 6/1 6/1

The Albany Friday Ladies – World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in aid of Macmillan cancer support should have been held this Friday September 23rd. This has had to be postponed due to the work going on in the clubroom and will now be held  the following Friday 30th September.

There will be tennis as usual for those that want to play.  Please come along and support this event. There will be tea and coffee and homemade cakes. Donations of Homemade cakes welcome also for the sales table!

Albany News 16th September

by Pat Sharp

The club senior championships, sponsored by Auxesia Ltd, had a good entry in the Men’s Singles which was run on a ratings format to give players the opportunity of playing members of similar standard, before moving up to the main draw. Results so far:

Qualification draw: 1st round Stuart Copley bt Ian Copley 6/3 6/2; Qtr finals: Gareth Roome bt Stuart Colligon 6/3 6/4, Yannis Xirotiris bt Sam Skelcher-Maxwell 6/1 4/6 (10-7), Robby Orr bt Alistair Breed 6/4 6/4, Dean Morgan bt Nerijus Gricevius bt 6/0 6/4; Semi-Final Dean Morgan by Robby Orr 6/4 2/1 ret. Main Draw qtr final Jay Skelcher-Maxwell bt Roch Mirski 6/0 6/4, Men’s Doubles Paul Reid/Rob Colquitt bt Ian Copley/Nerijus Gricevious 6/4 6/3, Gareth Roome/Yannis Xirotiris  bt Jack Christian/Sam Skelcher-Maxwell 7/6 (4) 6/2.

Matches are being played throughout the week with finals at the weekend – players will be advised of match times. Prizes will be presented by Stuart Colligon MD of Auxesia Ltd.

Club Junior Championships will start Saturday 24 September which will be the red ball event and finals will be on Saturday 1 October. Other age groups are U9, U10, U12 and U18 singles plus U12 and U18 doubles. Entry forms available by the weekend or e-mail Ian Watson.


1) The clubroom will be inaccessible from Monday 19th Sept for 4 or 5 days whilst a new floor is being laid. Access will be by the side door or indoor court. Changing facilities for members will be in the Disabled changing room/shower.

2) I would like members to return their Tombola tickets – sold with stubs and money or if unsold let me have them now so that they can be re-issued. We have an excellent prize list and tickets are selling well so far.  The draw will be made at the 50 yr Celebration Dinner at the Empress on Friday 7 October by the President of The Lawn Tennis Association, Mrs Cathie Sabin.

3) A list is up for entries for the President’s Day Senior/Junior on Sunday 25 September. This is an annual competition. This is a yellow ball event but orange or green ball players may enter if they feel confident. Seniors only have one serve per point (this cuts out aces!!). Any junior who has played in the league will be classed as a senior. The first stage is round robin, going on to knock-out.

Come and Celebrate with Us!

Dear Members and families

Albany will be hosting a 50th anniversary dinner to celebrate 50 years on the current premises at Ballaughton Meadows. Information regarding the event can be seen below.

Please contact Kirsten if you would like tickets or any further information:
Phone: 391961

We look forward to a lovely evening with good company, great food and some super tombola prizes!

50th Dinner

Albany News 9th September

by Pat Sharp

All junior coaching re-starts as from this Saturday (10th September) when the Red ball coaching for under 8s will be at 12, 1 and 2pm. There are a few places for new players aged 4yrs or older. The other squads will continue but if you are not sure of your time please contact Ian Watson, 4996293 or e-mail

All other usual coaching re-starts from Sundays through to Thursdays.

We will have club Auxesia Tennis polo shirts on sale at £10 on Saturday.

Please place your order for tickets for the ’50yrs at Ballaughton Meadows’ celebration dinner a.s.a.p. as we need to know numbers by 30 September or earlier if possible Contact  Kirsten Hall

Just a reminder that the club lounge is available for Birthday parties, meetings, car boot sales etc. Please contact Kirsten as above or me

For those members who use the indoor court will you all please put your name on the booking slip when you pay. The time used is not sufficient to identify payment. Thank you.  We have had 3 slips with money but no name!!

If you are in Ramsey on Sunday between 12 and 5pm go and support the Albany team in the triangular match with Castletown and Ramsey at Ramsey Grammar School.

Albany News 2nd September

by Pat Sharp

Tickets for the “50yrs at Ballaughton Dinner” on Friday 7 October at The Empress Hotel are now available from our Social Secretary, Kirsten Hall  or any Committee member. Tickets are £25 a three course meal and reception drink but registered members of the club will have a £5 discount. Our guest of honour will be the President of the Lawn Tennis Association, Mrs Cathie Sabin and her husband.

During the evening our major fundraising Tombola will be drawn. Prizes include:

  • a voucher for car and two passengers donated by IOM Steam Packet Company
  • a £200 voucher for donated by Stuart Colligon
  • £100 cash prize
  • £50 cash prize
  • £25 cash prize
  • at least 5 boxes of Thornton’s chocolates
  • three bottles of champagne
  • a Waitrose hamper donated by Shoprite
  • a picnic hamper full of food
  • 1 doz tennis balls

and more…

Will all members who still have tickets to sell please try and do so early and return counterfoils and money to me so that I can judge if I need more tickets printed? Yes – tickets are going well so far. All members are asked to sell at least one book of 10 tickets, although the committee hope members will try to sell more. Proceeds will be used to clear the loans taken out by the club to pay for re-surfacing our courts with  first class cushioned acrylic which everyone agrees is a great success. Since the courts were re-laid membership has increased and the club is usually very busy. It was a good committee decision to upgrade the courts – we all like a good surface to play on.

The Mixed Doubles leagues are underway and so far our A and B teams are doing well. Some results I have received are Castletown B 0 – Albany A 6, Port Erin A 0 – Albany B 6 and Albany B 3 – Castletown D 3.  One thing to note is that Charlotte Clarke, aged just 11 is playing in the B team and she and her partner, Gareth Roome are winning quite  few sets. I personally love to see our juniors being selected for league matches, so well done Charlotte.

Another reminder about President’s Day Sunday 25 September – there will be a list in the clubroom to put your names down for this annual Senior/ Junior yellow ball event. Entries can also be e-mailed to Bryan Sharp – . Entry fee is £3 for seniors and £2 for juniors proceeds this year will go to The Friends of the Children of Chernobyl

The Club Senior Championships start on Saturday 10th September and entries close on Tuesday 6 September at 6pm. If you’re going to club night why not fill in a form and challenge the usual players. The event is sponsored by Auxesia Ltd and there is no entry fee.

Finally – will all members who ever use the outdoor floodlights please check their tennis bags for spare tokens. We had 50 but now have 10.  It may be more convenient to keep some in your tennis bag, but it is unfair and discourteous to other members who are suffering when there are no tokens left to use.  Thank you for your understanding and co-operation.