Club Notes 26/08/2014

Senior team – Saturday evening saw the senior team defeat local neighbours Doohamlet in the first round of this year Senior Championship back door, to set up a date next Friday evening against Magheracloone in Inniskeen at 8.15pm. The Faughs who started the game well, looked comfortable and in control and by the time Cormac Brady found the back of the Doohamlet net, the Faughs were up by four points, but Doohamlet to their credit dug deep over the next ten minutes to leave the sides level at 1-5 a piece at half time. The second half saw the Faughs regain control and when Martin McElroy put us four up with four minutes remaining, everyone believed that the game was over. However, a late penalty followed by a late point insured that the game finished a draw, with a full time score of Faughs 1- 10 Doohamlet 2-7. Extra time started very well for the Faughs when Club Captain Dermot Malone led by example by finishing the ball to the back of the Doohamlet net. He followed this with his second goal from the penalty spot two minutes later, to give the Faughs a commanding lead which they never looked like surrendering. The final Score was Faughs 3-13 Doohamlet 2-8. Next up is Magheracloone, which the corresponding fixture last year showed that there is nothing between these two sides. The game will take place in Inniskeen at 8.15pm on Friday night, the best of luck to all the team and management.

Minors – Last Tuesday evening the Boys delivered their best result of the year, when they travelled to top of the table Corduff in the league Semi Final. The boys dispelled their underdog status very early on and showed real grit and determination to win by five points. The lads don’t need to be reminded that you get nothing for winning a semi-final and now need to get refocused for the Final against Latton which will take place on 9th September in Cremartin at 6.30pm. Well done to everyone on getting to this point, it takes a great deal of effort and commitment. Let’s hope they all get the reward they have worked for. Can we ask as many local people to turn out in large numbers for this fixture to show your support for a hard working bunch of young men.

Under 16 Boys – The U 16’s travelled to Toome on Thursday evening with the bare minimum of players, after a week which saw most of the players having played three games in 4 days. It proved too much for the depleted team with a more committed and stronger Toome team on the evening, coming out on top. Craig Callan, Francis McGeough and several others provided stiff resistance but in the end it wasn’t enough. However it wasn’t all bad news for this team which have showed great heart and skill throughout their campaign to date. This was the final game of the League stages and it saw the Faughs U 16’s, who have had limited numbers all year, finish in a very credible second place and have qualified for the league Semi Final against Patrick Emmets. While this game is fixed for Thursday the 4th Sept, we are hoping to play on either the 2nd or 3rd of September instead. We will advise as soon as we have confirmed and wish the best of luck to the boys!

Under 14 Girls –The Girls went down to Carrick last Monday night and unfortunately lost narrowly by three points. However they have now secured their Semi-Final pace in the Championship so well done to the girls. We now await the next fixture from the County Board. Training will continue as normal this week.

Under 14 Boys –The Boys have now qualified for the Final on the 6th of September and will play the winners of the Ballybay/ Sean’s Semi-final. Training will continue this week as normal with the focus now on getting prepared for the next big day out.

Under 12 Boys – Saturday sees the boys play their last game of the season, when they entertain Inniskeen in the Shield Final in St. Marys Park at 4.30pm as part of the Under 12 County Finals Day. The boys have competed very well in Division 1 this year and they have shown steady progress throughout the year leaving them very proud of their achievements to date. They may be small in stature but have the right skills and attitude to make them a strong team in a few years. Please come out and support the boys on Saturday.

Under 10 Boys – The Boys played Scotstown last Thursday evening at home in St. Marys Park. The young players on both sides displayed some great skills and demonstrated to the large watching crowds, that the traditional rivalry between the Faughs and Scotstown will remain strong for many years to come.

Under 8 Boys – The young Faughs team travelled down to Clontibret last Saturday morning with three teams and played well throughout, with all three teams showing that they have some stars for the future. The boys are all learning the basic concept of our games and applying what they are learning in training into a game situation. Thanks to the parents for attending in such great numbers and to Clontibret for the hospitality, we hope to have a return fixture in the coming weeks in St. Marys Park.

Operation TransFAUGHSmation – As big Jazza says “Let the Fun Begin” and we have no doubt after a great registration night on Tuesday evening that this year’s Operation TransFAUGHSmation will prove to be another massive success. We are now on the count down to the first night which will be Tuesday the 9th of September. Remember it’s your programme and what you get out of it, is only what you put into it, so let’s get the runners washed and ready, the personal challenges written down but most of all come prepared to enjoy yourself. You have already taken the most important step by registering for the programme.

Stars in the Faughs Eyes – With the acts now finalised the practising has started in earnest, we have got a very wide range of groups competing for the inaugural “Faughs Stars in your Eyes”. If you want an enjoyable evening out, then please book Saturday 20th of September into your diary. We are looking for all members to support this fundraiser as all money raised goes back to support the development of the club particularly at a Juvenile level.

Under 12 Finals Day –The Club are delighted that St. Marys Park has been chosen as the venue for the 2014 Under 12 Finals this Saturday with the first of the nine Under 12 Finals down for a start time of 11am. In what will surely be a very busy day for all clubs, our own Club will be to the fore with a large amount of club members required for stewarding while the final games sees our Under 12 team compete in the Division 1 Shield Final. If you are available to help out, can you contact Brian Sherry or Melissa Conlon on 087 7617216.

Welcome Back – the reappearance of Pat and Sarah Mackin in the field has given the whole club a huge lift, Pat and Sarah have been back checking in on how things have been going, insuring that our preparations for the Championship matches are up to scratch. Hopefully we all passed the test, it’s great to have you both back around the place.

Best of Luck – We would like to wish our army of young players and their teachers the best of luck this week as they start back in School, we hope that we have been able to provide you with some enjoyable moments during the Summer and remember lads and lassies, to keep practising with the left and the right throughout the autumn. Thanks to the principles and their staffs for your continued support, it’s always appreciated.

Lotto – There was no winner of the lotto Jackpot this week which now at stands at €5100. The numbers drawn were 01, 08, 10 and 25. The two lucky dip winners this week were Francis McGeough and Sean McDonald. Next week’s draw will take place in the Horseman’s. Good luck to everyone.