by Pat Sharp
First some re-arranged dates – the annual President’s Day – Senior/ Junior tournament will be played on Sunday 7 October starting at 2.30pm (sign in by 2.15pm). This is a yellow ball event. There will be a draw for partners and each senior will play with a junior. Seniors only have a 1stserve, juniors who have played regular league tennis will play as “seniors”. The first stage will be played as round robin stages and champions tie-breaks. Knock out and place play-offs between 4pm and 5pm
Prize presentation 5.30pm followed by FOOD.
Entry forms will be in the clubhouse or enter by e-mail email@example.com Entry fee – Seniors £3 and juniors £2.
The club Closed Championships will be held over two weekends – seniors 15 and 16 September and juniors 22 and 23 September. Forms available shortly or enter by e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
The re-arranged Equiom Junior Open is now from 13 October to 20 October. More details later.
Some of our players had success in the Ramsey Town Cup last week with Charlotte Clarke winning Women’s singles and Sarah Long runner-up and as partners they won the Women’s Doubles. Sean Drewry won the men’s singles with Nerius Gricevicius runner-up. Nerius was also runner-up in the men’s and mixed doubles
Junior club coaching will re-commence on Saturday 6thSeptember with Red ball at 12noon and 1pm, then other squads from Monday 8thincluding Orange ball Tuesdays from 5.30pm and Wednesdays from 4.30pm. If you wish to take part or are not sure of the time you should attend please contact the club coach by e-mail email@example.com.
by Pat Sharp
Well what a week that was for Manx tennis and 4 juniors from our club.
The winners of IOM Road to Wimbledon – Charlotte Clarke (13) and Roch Mirski (13) played all week in the county round robin with both qualifying for the knockout stages. Charlotte was 1stin her group and Roch 2ndin his. This was a first for the Isle of Man.
Then on to the knock-out stage with 32 players left in the girls and boys events. Results for Charlotte were:
bt Isobel Le Clerc (Durham) 6/2 6/0;
bt Annemiek Sterk (N Scotland) 6/4 6/3 in qtr final;
s/final bt Maialen Idiakez (Leicester) 6/1 6/0
…and so to the final on Friday. She was understandably nervous but so was her opponent Jemma Cave (Cheshire). However, Charlotte is a “tough cookie” and is playing good tennis to win this year’s Road to Wimbledon Girls 14 & under singles 6/4 6/3. Such an achievement and she will now play in the Regional event next year. She is so grateful to all her sponsors who gave her the chance to gain match experience in the UK and toughened her up for the harder matches.
Meanwhile Roch was playing well in some tough matches. Results:
2ndrnd. Beat Harry Tweed (Durham) 7/5 6/1;
qtr final bt Bosco La I Ching Chung (Lancs) 7/5 6/1.
In the s/final Roch, despite playing some good tennis, lost to Joseph Logan (W Scot.) 6/1 6/3. Joseph was the eventual Champion.
The whole week has been filled with e-mails, text messages, photos and phone calls back and forth. Such an exciting week for Manx tennis and something that can be built on for the future. Our younger juniors can really see what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. I think both players seem to live at Albany’s Ballaughton Meadows courts!
Club coach, Ian Watson, must take credit for these results – his inspiration and dedication to both players and the rest of the club’s juniors plus their hard work has brought these results and will bring similar results in the future.
Also at Wimbledon were the Isle of Man runners-up Sarah Long (12) and Jayden Go (13), both of Albany, who had a day’s coaching with the runners-up from all the counties which was run by Tim Henman. Jayden and Sarah said they really enjoyed the experience and are sure they have learned a lot. SEE PICTURES HERE
A Reminder that the Summer Camps are starting next week. These are Red Ball for children aged 8yrs and under: Tuesday 28 August 9.30am to 11am; Thursday 30th9.30am to 11am; Monday 3 September 9.30am to 11am.
There are also some sessions for Orange (players aged 9yrs) and Green ball players (aged 10yrs) on Tuesday 28 August 1pm – 3pm, Thursday 30 August 1pm – 3pm; Monday 3 September 1pm – 3pm.
All these sessions are £5 per day. There are two sessions for yellow ball players (aged 11 – 13 yrs.) on Wednesday 29 August and Tuesday 4 September from 1pm – 4pm. These sessions are £8 each. To book a place firstname.lastname@example.org
Crowe Clark Whitehill Castletown A beat Albany A 5-1:
Craig Blackwell/Kirree Ronan beat Tim Davies/Jane Reynolds 6-1 6-4. Rob Mason/Méjeaan Brümmer drew with David Bufton/Kirsten Hall 4-6 6-2. Blackwell/Ronan beat Bufton/Hall 6-1. Mason/Brümmer beat Davies/Reynolds 6-1.
Albany A lost to Douglas A 2-4:
Jayden Go/Charlotte Clarke lost to Stewart Swann/Karen Faragher 3-6 3-6. David Bufton/Alison Parker beat Victor Pacaco/Tania Thomas 7-6 6-2. Go/Clarke lost to Pacaco/Thomas 5-7. Bufton/Parker lost to Swann/Faragher 0-6.
Castletown A drew with Albany A 3-3:
Match played tonight – 21 August 2018 – scores to follow next time.
**Douglas A v Albany A – Monday 27 August 2018 at 6.30pm at Douglas**
Well done A Team – Good Luck with your forthcoming matches.
Ramsey B lost to Albany B 2-4:
Adam Davies/Helen Brooks lost to Nerijus Gricevicius/Lisa Horsfall 0-6 1-6. Kevin Drewry/Ellen Barker drew with Ben Cunningham/Aailish Kelly 5-7 6-4. Davies/Brooks beat Cunningham/Kelly 6-0. Drewry/Barker lost to Gricevicius/Horsfall 3-6.
Castletown D v Albany B – cancelled due to rain. Rescheduled for Monday 3 September 2018.
**Douglas C v Albany B – Thursday 23 August 2018 at 6.30pm at Douglas**
Team – Nerijus Gricevicius/Aailish Kelly and Ben Cunningham/Jackie Russell
Well done B Team – Good Luck with your forthcoming matches.
by Pat Sharp
Charlotte and Roch have success at Wimbledon !
Great news reached me on Wednesday – Charlotte Clarke (13), representing the Isle of Man in the Road to Wimbledon, 14 & Under Girls had won all three of her round robin matches on Monday and Tuesday with impressive scores 6/0 6/1, 6/3 6/4 and 6/0 6/0. She had a bye in the 1stround of the main Draw, then went on to win her 2ndround match beating Isobel Le Clerc (Durham|) 6/2 6/0 on Wednesday. Obtaining sponsorship from several companies and individuals for travel has enabled her to gain valuable match experience and she and her parents are extremely grateful for this support.
Meanwhile Roch Mirski (13), playing in the 14 & Under Boys singles was runner-up in his round robin group, so moved in to the knock out stages. He received a bye in the 1stround and beat Harry Tweed (Durham) 7/5 6/1 in the 2ndround. So well done Roch – you and Charlotte are doing Albany proud. Roch is also playing boys doubles with Xingchen Cao (Oxford).
We also have Sarah Long (12) and Jayden Go (13) spending time at Wimbledon where they are having coaching. They will all surely have lots of tales to tell. If anyone knows a company that might sponsor any of these 4 players, please contact me – tel. 861497 or e-mail email@example.com.
Sponsorship is a major form of support for sport these days. It comes in various forms – the banners in the indoor court keep the cost of the court hire (with lights) down to a minimum and we have room for at least five more banners. Support of our juniors travelling to the UK or beyond helps them to become better players. Club Coach Ian Watson, would like some financial help to take an Albany Junior Squad to UK tournaments. So, if anyone can help I’m happy to talk to them or any companies.
Members have been informed, by e-mail, that the scheduled court painting has had to be postponed until late Spring, due to un-foreseen circumstances. For those who don’t read e-mails play on the outdoor courts is available as usual.
UPDATE: Both Roch and Charlotte won further matches to get into their respective semi-finals. And we’ve just heard today (17thAug) that Charlotte has made it through to her final!!! Good luck Charlotte!
by Pat Sharp
Albany retained the Todmorden Shield on Sunday which was this year hosted by Castletown TC.
We fielded a strong team: Ian Watson (Capt.) Jamie Teare, Sean Drewry and Jim Travers for the men and Laure Feely, Charlotte Clarke, Kirsten Hall and Alison Parker for the women. Sadly, Ramsey couldn’t field a women’s team and as the competition is based on games won, not sets, this made quite a difference to the scores. Albany won 71 games, Castletown 47 and Ramsey 4. The trophy was presented to Ian by Richard Kerr of Castletown. David Wilkinson did a great job keeping all the scores up to date. Thanks to Castletown for their hospitality and next year this event which was first played for in 1972, will be played at Ramsey.
With children off school for the summer may I please remind parents that children who are Mini Tennis members and juniors under 13 yrs old must not be left playing at the club unattended by an adult.
Some of us attended the Farewell Party for the Children of Chernobyl at the Legion Club last Wednesday and had a great time. The 16 children sang various songs – their English is quite good, we had a supper of curry or sausage and beef burgers and chips – ideal for children before they return to the austerity of Belarus. They have all had a fantastic month’s holiday and returned home on Sunday. Albany Friday Ladies and Ian and his coaching assistants have all agreed to welcome them to the club next year. If any members wish to be involved, please let me (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jan Gaskill (email@example.com) know.
As we approach the final week of matches in the Summer Leagues, I am delighted to be able to report that we have, so far, won three Leagues this Summer.
The Albany Ladies did a superb job of heading up the two Women’s Divisions, with Albany A winning Division 1 with a match still to play and Albany B winning Division 2 after playing the decider against the Ramsey Ladies.
So huge CONGRATULATIONS to the Women’s Albany A Team – Laura, Alison K, our newest recruit Alison P, Kath, Katie, our Junior Charlotte, Jane & another of our Juniors Aailish – Captained by Jackie Russell (non-playing, of course). Final match to be played on Monday 9 July.
Also CONGRATULATIONS to our Albany B Team – non-playing Captain Karen Kelly and the team – Jane, Kirsten, Lisa, Aailish, Jackie, Kath and Katsuyo!
There has also been success in the Men’s Division 3, with the Albany C Team winning the Division, also with a match still to play. CONGRATULATIONS – Stuart, Rob, Paul, Ben, Ian C, Roch, Jayden, and Captain Robby. Final match to be played on Thursday 12 July
Results still to be announced in the Men’s Division 1 where the Albany A Team had some close matches against the Castletown and Douglas Teams. Still to play their final matches are the Albany B Team and the Albany D Team.
It has been a successful Summer for the Albany Teams. There have been a few struggles with availability and communication, but on the whole this is improving. We will shortly be starting the Summer Leagues with only two teams. It is always difficult to negotiate the Summer months, and already Kirsten has found a number of people unavailable for the first match in Division 1, so probably the right decision! Good luck to all those taking part.
Jackie Russell (Club Captain)