Senior team – Saturday night we travelled to Emyvale to take on our old friends Scotstown in the Final of this year’s Credit Union Senior League Final. Scotstown seemed to settle quicker and were two points to the good after two minutes, but as the nervous settled the Faughs boys started to get back into the game with points from Benny Mc Elroy and Ciaran Hanratty bringing us back to level before Scotstown opened up a one point advantage at half time. Faughs 0-3 Scotstown 0-4. The second half was an absorbing contest, as both teams pushed each other hard to find the gaps to get those vital scores. Unfortunately for the Faughs those opportunities fell to the Boys in Blue as Conor Mc Carty kicked some great frees to open up a three point lead entering the last five minutes. In such a tight affair, a goal was always going to be the crucial score, the Faughs pushed very hard for this equalising goal only to be hit on the break with Scotstown finishing to the back of the net on the stoke of full time. Final Score Faughs 0-8 Scotstown 1-10. While everyone was extremely disappointed with the result, we know that we have made good progress this year and while we exit 2014 without a Senior Trophy, we know that we are knocking hard on the door of success. A big thank you goes out to all the Management Team and players for their efforts during the year, a Championship Semi Final appearance and a League Final, let’s hope next year we can go one step further.
Mc Mahon Supervalu 5 K – WOW WOW WOW……what a day we had on Sunday, when Club legend and Monaghan Hall of Fame winner, Gerry Fitzpatrick sounded the air horn for the start of the McMahons Supervalu 5K, we had 800 people at the start line. People seemed to appear out of nowhere to participate in what is now one of the biggest races in the North East, right from ten o’clock when the registration tables were set up, there was a flow of people coming and going. The atmosphere around the registration area was fantastic as people mingled, chatted and laughed the time away. When we got down to the serious stuff of running, there was no hanging about as Conor Duffy from Ballybay come flying across the finish line in 15.23. Conor, who ran his first competitive race in the McMahon’s Supervalu 5K only three years ago, was also picked for the Irish Under 23 Development squad last Friday, so it proved to be a great weekend for the Duffy family. The 5K is all about participation and driving a community spirit and it does a great job on both these fronts. We had people who were walking/running their first ever 5K as well as hundreds of people standing at the barriers to cheer all the contestants home. There was a huge crowd in the Glencarn for the question and answers session with Colin Regan from the GAA National Health and Wellness Committee, the OPTFM Superhero’s Tom and Jazza as well as our Special Guest, Pat Divilly from Divilly Fitness. The talk proved extremely informative and fun. A big thank you and well done goes out to everyone who played a part last Sunday, if you were walking , running, stewarding or watching, we would like to thank you all, days like last Sunday show what we as a Club and a community can achieve, so well done again to you all.
Operation TransFAUGHSmation – The exercises classes of OPTFM 2014 has now come to the end but not without one last WHOOOO as everybody gets ready to put those glad rags on for the most important night of the twelve week programme, ”The Awards and party Night”. The evening will kick off in The Spinning Wheel at 9 pm, with Tom getting everyone to do the plank as they come in the door, followed by Jazza putting everyone through a Spinning Wheel Bootcamp (only Joking), this is not a night to be missed with fun awards, lots of craic, laughter and music. A big thanks you to Damien Hughes for his very generous sponsorship of the evening and also a big thank you to everyone one who provided what can only be described as the mountain of food for all the runners last Sunday, believe it or believe it not we ended up with only 1 plate of food at the end.
Well done – This week’s “well done” goes out to the Muckno Mania Team, they have been nominated as one of the top three Festivals on the Today FM Special Awards Competition on the Ray D’arcy Show. We wish them well as they go to their special Award Ceremony in the Board Gais Theatre on Friday as part of a special Ray D’arcy Show, where the winner will be announced. Well done to everyone concerned, it is a brilliant festival and regardless of winning the award or not, it’s a great achievement when you think of all the thousands of festivals held around Ireland each year.
Lotto – There was no jackpot winner this week. The numbers drawn were 02, 08, 13 and 15. The two lucky dip winners were Denise Stevenson, C/o Claire McElroy and Michael Burns, Cairde. The loot draw will not take a little break and return to us after the Christmas Holidays. Many thanks to everyone for your continued support and we would like to wish everyone health and happiness for the festive season.