We had our first gala of the Provincial Towns League on Saturday in Coral Leisure. This was a home gala for us, we welcomed Ballymoney to Monaghan for this event. We had a full squad of swimmers
for the evening.
For this League we will have three galas between now and February followed by finals later in the season. These are team events; points are scored for each team depending on where their swimmers finish in the races. All races are 50m except for the 100 IM and the relays are 4 x 50m. There are four age groups, A to D, with A being our youngest swimmers and D being the older ones; fifteen years and older.
All hands were on deck on Saturday night (excuse the pun) to help with the preparations and the smooth running of the gala. We thank our parents and coaches for their help in many ways, making
sandwiches, setting up the pool, organising the children, timekeeping, the touch judges and so on.
The atmosphere was electric from start to finish with our team cheering on their teammates from the deck. There were some exciting medley relays at the start which set the tone for the evening. Sliabh Beagh did very well in the relays, this gave us hope that the rest of the gala might just be in our favour. For the next couple of hours our swimmers gave it their all and swam out of their skin. In many races we finished first, second and third which ensured the points added up quickly. In the final freestyle relays, again we were dominant with some very close races at the end.
After the gala we had some lovely refreshments provided by the parents of Sliabh Beagh swimmers. One Ballymoney parent declared ‘it was the best spread they’d ever gotten at a PTL gala’, so we better keep up our standards for next time!
Final score was announced: Sliabh Beagh 562, Ballymoney 391 so we had a convincing win and hopefully we can do the same again this weekend against Lecale in Downpatrick.
Well done to you all, you were all terrific and thanks also to the coaching team for their support and hard work.
Next gala is in Downpatrick on Saturday afternoon.
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.