Top St Thomas swimmers

St Thomas swimmers gathered at the Sports Centre on Tuesday with trophies won at the Midlands Meet, held in Dundee last weekend. See report below.
St Thomas swimmers gathered at the Sports Centre on Tuesday with trophies won at the Midlands Meet, held in Dundee last weekend. See report below.

Placings in the six-a-side league after Monday’s games:

P W D L F A Pts

Inter YM 9 7 1 1 27 12 15

Athletico Tesco 9 6 1 2 40 17 13

The Stag 9 5 2 2 32 26 12

Fiorentina T. 9 5 1 3 31 17 11

Blood St & B 9 4 1 4 26 15 9

Shacktar 9 3 0 6 18 35 6

Pathetic Ath. 9 1 2 6 12 35 4

Dishy Warriors 9 1 0 8 20 49 2


Arbroath League

Results: Merchants 6, Railway (1) 7; Newgate (2) 3, Cliffburn (1) 10; Letham (2) 5, Abbey 8; Railway (2) v Ram’s Heid (1), late result; Legion (1) 5, Letham (1) 8; Station 6, Portcullis (1) 7; Ram’s Heid (2) 13, Portcullis (2) 0; West Port (1) 4, Newgate (1) 9.

Fixtures for Tuesday:

Division One – Abbey v Portcullis 1; Bowlers 1 v Legion 1; Merchants v Letham 1; Newgate 1 v Ram’s Heid 1; Railway 1 v Newgate 2; Ram’s Heid 2 v Cliffburn 1; Portcullis 2, bye.

Division Two - Burns Bar v Station; Cliffburn 2 v West Port 2; Fishermans v Stag; Letham 2 v Legion 2; Portcullis 3 v Railway 2; West Port 1 v Bowlers 2.

2014 Lomond Leisure Cliffburn Singles

Tam Walkingshaw successfully defended his Cliffburn Singles title by defeating David Jack by five frames to four in this year’s contest.

In a tense final Tam took the first frame after some tactical play, whilst David reversed the next frame to quickly make it 1-1 and then takes the lead 2-1. Tam then dug deep and reeled off the next three frames to take a 4-2 lead.

David gallantly held on and he founds the determination to grind out the next two frames and square the match at 4-4. However, Tam made most of an opportunity in the last frame and magnificently finished to win 5-4.

This was a fantastic final and a great effort by both players on the day. Thanks are extended to Lomond Leisure and the Cliffburn Hotel for their continued support of this event.

ADPL Charity four-Man Competition

The annual ADPL charity Four-man team qualifying round will be held on Tuesday, March 18. As a reminder, no league pool will take place on this Tuesday.

Teams who qualify will then go on to the Four-man team Finals Day on Saturday, March 29.

Entry remains at £10 per team with a maximum of four players per team. To allow the draw to be carried out in advance the deadline for entries will be Tuesday, March 11, with entries to be handed in to the Ram’s Heid by 7 p.m. that night, with entry form for the attention of the match secretary/treasurer.

Last year some 24 teams entered with the qualifying teams having an enjoyable day out at Four-Man Finals Day, which will be held in the Ram’s Heid. This is the ADPL’s chance to give something to a chosen charity (to be confirmed) and it is hoped as many players as possible will support the event.


On top form

In recent weeks St Thomas swimmers have had a lot of success in different competitions.

The Premier League team finished third in the first gala of the season with a number of swimmers making their league debut.

Mark Shepherd, competing in a Scottish Masters event in Westhill, broke the 50-54 Scottish record for 100m butterfly by three seconds.

This weekend St Thomas swimmers travelled to Dundee to compete in the Midland District Championships at the new Olympia.

On Saturday morning St Thomas swimmers got off to an excellent start with George Cowan winning gold in the 200 backstroke in the 10-12 boys age group. Robert Allan and Cameron Craig also set long course personal bests in this event.

In the 10-12 girls’ age group Sophie Smith repeated this performance securing gold, six seconds ahead of silver medal position. Elle McMillan, Hannah Coull and Blythe Brown all set long course personal bests in their races.

In the 14-year-old girls’ 200 backstroke Skye Redford was placed sixth while Heather Ingram and Katie Philips competed in the 15-16 age group with Katie securing the gold medal and the Open Age Group title.

George Cowan continued his gold medal form in the 200 butterfly; his time of 2.43.53 being a Scottish Age Group qualifying time. Cameron Craig swam a terrific 200 fly also leading his race from start to finish.

In the 14-year-old boys, Blair Geddes won a silver medal in the 100 freestyle. His time of 1.01.38 also a Scottish Age Group consideration time.

The medals in the freestyle continued with Sophie Smith winning gold, Ashley Thomson silver in the 13-year-old age group and George Cowan bronze. Robert Allan, Cameron Craig, Blythe Brown, Elle McMillan, Hannah Coull all impressed with much improved technique and Skye Redford came fourth in the 14-year-old age group in a new personal best time.

Finishing off the morning session in the 100 backstroke, Blair Fotheringham and Taylor Young won a bronze and silver medal in their respective age group. Blair’s time of 1.06.54 was an impressive two second personal best and he also won the District Junior title for his efforts.

The good form continued into Saturday afternoon. In the boys’ 10-12 200 breaststroke Cameron Craig was placed sixth and George Cowan won another bronze medal. In the 15-16 age group Heather Ingram showed much improved technique particularly underwater at turns while Kirsten Duncan secured bronze in a nail biting finish.

In the butterfly events Heather Ingram and Blair Fotheringham came fifth, Ross Geddes signalled a return to form with silver in a new personal best time and Katie Phillips dug deep to win gold in the 100 butterfly and secure the District Open title.

The butterfly success continued with Sophie Smith, George Cowan and Blair Geddes making it to the top step of the podium, Robert Allan being placed sixth in the final and Ashley Thomson winning silver.

In the 100m freestyle for 15-16 and 17 and over age groups Ross Geddes and Taylor Young won silver medals smashing their personal bests as did Blair Fotheringham and Kirsten Duncan. Blair’s time also secured him another District Junior title. George, Blair, Sophie and Ashley continued to bring the medals home with a bronze and three silvers, respectively, in the 100 backstroke.

Blythe Brown, Elle McMillan, Sophie Smith, Ashley Thomson, Skye Redford and Kirsten Duncan kicked things off on Sunday morning with the 200 freestyle for girls. The fantastic swimming across all age groups continued with impressive technique and racing skills from Blythe and Elle who were making their debuts in this event and Kirsten who came fifth in the 15-16 age group.

Sophie Smith won gold in a new district record time, Ashley secured another bronze medal while Skye fought hard to bring home a bronze medal in the 14 years age group.

The pb smashing, medal winning form continued in the boys 200 freestyle. George Cowan won gold with another Scottish Age group consideration time, Robert Allan, recovering from illness, took three seconds off his personal best and Cameron Craig set a long course pb.

Blair Fotheringham and Ross Geddes won a silver and bronze respectively with Blair taking a second off his long course pb.

The morning session finished with more medals from Sophie Smith, Ashley Thomson, George Cowan and Kirsten Duncan and personal bests from Blythe Brown, Elle McMillan and Skye Redford in their individual events.

The Open and Junior Medley relays resulted in 4 more medals for St Thomas with Rachael Fotheringham, Sarah Cummins and Nathan Watt making their racing debuts with St Thomas being the only team to win medals in each of the relay events.

Session four on Sunday afternoon started with the 200 individual medley. Elle McMillan set a new long course personal best time in 2.58.91: this is a time which is faster than her short course personal best time!

Sophie Smith won gold, while Ashley Thomson and Skye Redford’s one-two finish in their heat resulted in a bronze and fourth place finish, respectively. Kirsten Duncan and Heather Ingram were placed fifth and sixth in the 15-16 age group.

In the boys’ section George Cowan won yet another gold with Cameron Craig and Robert Allan swimming faster than their converted times finishing 8th and 9th respectively. Blair Fotheringham secured another Scottish Age group time along with another bronze medal too boot!

The final individual events were the 100m breaststroke for the 10-14 year olds and 50m freestyle for the 15 and overs. Hannah Coull showed no after effects from her X Factor treat with an excellent fifth place in the breaststroke just behind Sophie Smith who finished fourth. Ashley Thomson was placed sixth and George Cowan fourth.

In the freestyle Kirsten Duncan came fourth, Blair Fotheringham fifth, Taylor Young third and Ross Geddes second.

The final event of the meet was the 4x50 Freestyle relay and as with the morning session St Thomas was the only club to win medals in each of the four relay events.

Across the District events St Thomas came third overall in the Top Club Category and in an excellent way to finish another successful and exciting weekend Sophie Smith won the Top Girl trophy.