Sliabh Beagh welcomed East Cavan Swimming Club to Monaghan Swimming Pool on Saturday 26th January 2019 in the fourth fixture in the PTL competition. Confidence was high following on from the squads previous three victories, could they make it four? With warm ups completed it was down to business with both squads laying down markers early on. Some of the races were so close there was only a fingertip separating first and second. There was a great competitive spirit in the pool as well as great sportsmanship between the two teams. It was great to see all the Slaibh Beagh squad supporting and encouraging each other throughout the gala from the newest members to the seasoned pros. It was yet again a very close competition with Sliabh Beagh winning with a score of 595 to East Cavan’s 522 Well done everybody a great result. The Six Nations hasn’t even started and Slaibh Beagh have already completed the Grand Slam. Thanks to all the supporters who cheered on the team from the gallery. Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers who helped out and made the gala run so smoothly. A mention has to go out to the bakers and sandwich makers who as ever outdid themselves. A special word of thanks to Emer and Maura for getting the PTL off the ground this year, I’m sure all involved would agree that it was a very enjoyable experience. Go Sliabh Beagh!
Sliabh Beagh travelled to Magherafelt on Saturday 3rd November to face the Mid Ulster swimming club in the third fixture in the PTL competition. Swimmers along with their coaches and supporters departed Monaghan in great numbers on Saturday afternoon to compete in their second away fixture of this campaign. It was straight down to business on arrival and there was no evidence of Halloween having taken its toll on this group of swimmers!
Sliabh Beagh welcomed Belfast swimming Club, Olympia, to Monaghan on the 6th October for their second fixture in the PTL competition. This was the first time younger swimmers competed on their home turf and they did so with a great attitude, the older members gave them great encouragement and also acquitted themselves admirably. It was yet again a very close competition with Sliabh Beagh winning with a score of 588 to Olympia’s 556. There was a great competitive spirit in the pool as well as great sportsmanship between the two teams. Well done everybody a great result, that’s two from two now. Thanks to all the supporters who cheered on the team from the gallery. Thanks to all the organisers and volunteers who helped out and made the gala run so smoothly. A mention to the bakers and sandwich makers who have set a very high standard. Roll on the next PTL gala, go Sliabh Beagh.
It was decided at the meeting about PTL’s on Sunday morning to make the following information available to as many parents as possible, prior to reaching a conclusion as to whether the league is something the Club might consider joining. The rational being there was a general consensus among parents (particularly from the younger age groups) that not enough information had been provided prior to meeting for people to have any understanding about PTL’s or what it entailed.
The Swim Ulster Provincial Town League (PTL’s) is an exciting inter-club league which involves clubs from across the province. PTL’s include swimmers from all levels age 9 years + which results in the whole club coming together as a team to compete with other clubs. PTL’s not only provide an exciting competitive environment for the whole club to get involved in, but they also provide a fantastic training experience for our more competitive swimmers throughout the winter months. PTL’s are basically like the football league, each year team at top of division table is promoted and team at bottom of league is relegated to lower division. A trophy is awarded to winning club in each division and trophies for winning club in each age group.
Galas last about 2.5 – 3hrs usually on a Saturday evening. Dates for year have to be fixed before September. As a new club entering we would start in Division 4 and swim 5 galas a year (Sept, October, November, January and February. (Area finals March.) Therefore, you have 2/3 home and 2/3 away. In our case we will have three at home as East Cavan swims in Monaghan (Buses could be organised for 2 away galas). Looking at division table to date from last year teams in our division would be East Cavan, Alliance (Belfast City), Mid-Ulster (Magherafelt), Leander and Armagh.
All team members must be part of the Club.
The following are the age groups:
Age is 31st December 2018 throughout the season:
- GROUP A – 9/10 – SWIMMERS BORN IN 2008/2009
- GROUP B– 11/12 – SWIMMERS BORN IN 2006/2007
- GROUP C – 13/14 – SWIMMERSBORNIN 2004/2005
- GROUP D – 15+ To any age (even coaches) – SWIMMERS BORN IN 2003 or earlier.
At every PTL there are two relays (medley and freestyle), four individual strokes and an IM (Individual Medley) for each age group.
Each Individual event is 50m for all age groups (M/F) with 100m IM. Relay events are 4x25m for A Group and 4x50m for B, C and D groups.
- Medley Relay and Freestyle Relay: 4 swimmers per relay team both girls and boys in all age groups (i.e. 4 boys and 4 girls for relays in each age group).
- Backstroke: 2/3 Girls and 2/3 Boys from each age group are chosen (8 races)
- Breaststroke: 2/3 Girls and 2/3 Boys from each age group chosen (8 races)
- Butterfly: 2/3 Girls and 2/3 Boys from each age group chosen (8 races)
- Freestyle: (front crawl) 2/3 Girls and 2/3 Boys from each age group chosen (8 races)
- IM : 2/3 Girls and 2/3 Boys from each age group (8 races)
THREE swimmers in each individual event but only the TWO BEST PLACED IN EACH TEAM score points.
POINTS: Individual Events 7, 5 ,4, 3. Relays 14, 10 OVERALL: Win 2 points. Tie 1 point.
Basically, we need a minimum of 2 boys and girls for each individual event and 4 boys and 4 girls for each relay in all age groups.
As a finale to the year there are Area Heats and Finals (not part of league table but open to all swimmer’s part of league)
Every year the North Clubs get together and run heats to select an all North Team, and the South Clubs do the same. For the heats swim entry is restricted to 4 swimmers in each EVENT (A group Back, A Group BRS, etc etc). There is no limit on the swims that they may enter Normal rules for the finals will be in place (max 3 swims per swimmer & max 2 swimmers per club in any final) Medals and Trophy’s awarded to all winners in each age group in finals.
IF INTERESTED CONTACT EMER ON (087) 1228604 with swimmer’s name and date of birth on or before Sunday 29th April. Emer will be at pool from 4.30-6.30 Tuesday and Thursday this week to speak with parents.
For queries or more info about PTL’s League contact Maura (086) 8037681.
Maura & Emer