Club Notes, May 26th 2015

Senior Team: The Senior Team had a home game against Truagh on Wednesday night in St.Marys Park Check social media for update on the result.

Reserve Team: The Reserve Team travelled to Ballybay last Saturday evening still smarting from their recent O Duffy Cup exit, it was clear from the outset that the lads wanted to continue their undefeated run in the league and a couple of early scores from Damien Hughes, Brian McGuigan and the impressive Brandon Rice saw the Faughs open a three point gap which saw them build to five by half time. The second half proven an even enough affair with Pauric Green and Fergal Rafter keeping the score board ticking over as the Faughs ran out winners on a score line of Ballybay 0-9pts Faughs 1-11. The Reserves now have a break before they entertain Emyvale on Wednesday 10th of June at 7pm. Well done lads a good response let’s keep it going.

Boys Under 8: This Saturday the 30th of May the boys are scheduled to travel to Scotstown, we will be leaving the St.Marys Park at 9am with throw in Scotstown at 10am, can we ask as many parents to travel as possible. Training will continue on Thursday night in the field, please remember to take water, boots and your gum shield.

Boys Under 10: The Boys had Go Games last Saturday in St.Marys Park were Clontibret, Seans, Truagh and Scotstown made up the opposition, over the couple of hours the boys got lots of game time and they proved themselves to be a good match for everyone. Next Saturday we travel to Scotstown, leaving St.Marys Park at 9am for a throw in time in Scotstown at 10am.

Boys Under 12: The under 12 teams got their league season off to a good start last Tuesday evening when they travelled to Donaghmoyne. The Development team were up front and showed that the work they had done over the last few weeks was starting to take shape, there were strong performances from the McMahons Boys Caolaoin and Ultan, Ross Maguire, and Joshua Conlon up front, the boys emerged with a good win. The Senior Team were up second and after a tough first half they went in seven points down but these young lads are not quitters and they showed great determination against a physically big Donaghmoyne to firstly draw the game and then get in front by three, as late Donaghmoyne goal saw the spoils shared but the Faughs lads can be happy with their evening work. Best on the night was Niall Rice, Thomas Hughes, Joe Carey and Brandon McCague. Next up for the Boys is a home match against Carrick in St.Marys Park, the development team have a throw in time of 12pm while the Senior team match is down for 1.15pm.

Girls Under 12: Saturday saw our U12 girl’s field two teams in Cloghan, at the Ulster Development Blitz. Both teams played with skill, confidence and enthusiasm, due to hard work and commitment put in at Monday night training sessions. On the day all girls gave it 100% with lots of victories and great fun had by all. These U12 girls are a team to be watched and supported. Please come out to support our girls whenever you get a chance they would do your heart good.

Boys Under 14: This week saw mixed fortunes for the U14 squads. First out were the Senior Team with an away league fixture against Scotstown – the lads dug deep and worked hard to come out on top with the final score Scotstown 1-9 Faughs 0.15. Unfortunately for the U14 Development Team things did not just go their way. While the lads fought hard in their Championship Quarter Final against Tyholland, the opposition proved just too tough at the end of the day. Final score Faughs 1-14 Tyholland 7-11. Next up is a home game for the Development Team, this evening, Tuesday 26th May v Sean McDermotts, throw in 7.30m.

Boys Under 16: The Under 16 Faughs travelled to meet Clontibret on Thursday for their second meeting in the league and after a draw in the first round, both teams were expecting another tough battle and so it proved. The Faughs team got off to a good start in the first half and managed to go 4 points up at half time, with two Josh Walsh goals contributing handsomely, after a half in which both teams had periods of domination. However the Faughs team knew they had a battle on their hands as they faced the breeze in the second half in addition to being a man down after Craig Callan received a second yellow just before half time. A very strong skilful Clontibret team gradually eroded the Blayney lead and if it wasn’t for some top drawer saves from Kian O Connor things could have been much worse. Then with just over 5 minutes to go, Clontibret scored a goal to put them in the lead. However Francis McGeough, despite carrying an injury, replied in kind with a great finish to put Blayney back in front. But then with two minutes to go, a great Clontibret team move saw them get another goal and restore their advantage. This bunch of Faughs players are made of stern stuff and battled back up the field. Jack Callan was brought down in the square and up stepped Josh Mone who coolly slotted the kick to the bottom left corner to secure a victory these young players earned the hard way. Each player togged out on the day contributed to what was a wonderful team victory against a very gallant and sporting Clontibret team who are surely planning for further meetings in the business end of the year

The Big Breakfast: A big thank you to everyone who turned up last Sunday morning in Iontas for the breakfast morning, in what was a very sociable morning the air was filled with laugh and craic as people ate and got ready to travel to Cavan. A big thank you to everyone who contributed in any way, it was great to see that some of the Club members are dab hands at cooking as well as been committed club people doing many different roles within the Club. As with everything we do in the Club it would not be possible without numerous sponsors so a huge Go Raibh Mile Maith to Keith Shortt, Joe Bishop, Brendan McMahon, Donal Comiskey, Gerry Duffy, McMahons Supervalu & McMahons Centra, The Nest Box; and if we have forgotten anyone, firstly sorry & secondly Thank You.

Feile Street Collection: The Under fourteen lads are having a street collection on Saturday the 30th of May on the street, we would ask that everyone supports the lads efforts, in fairness to these young lads they are putting in a considerable effort to help raise the finance for their trip to Feile this year and must be commended for their attitude to fundraising, if any of the adults are available to help out please give Mark O Connor a shout on 087- 2375351.

Race Night 12th June 2015: As the racing commentators would say “and there off” as all the Under Fourteen team collected their Race cards last week to sell their horse, Jockeys and Race Sponsorship. We are looking for everyone to get involved on the night so when some of the young lads come up to and ask you to but a horse or sponsor a race we hope that you will look kindly on their request. The Race night itself will be held in the Spinning Wheel on Friday the 12th June 2015 at 8.30 p.m. This will be a guaranteed night of fun and craic and we are asking for the support of everyone within the Club to make sure that this event will be a great success. The cost to purchase a horse on the night is €10.00 and to sponsor a race for the night is €50.00 so we hope that you will all invest in a horse or two before the big night!! Remember all the money raised goes to support the players of tomorrow. So let’s get it into the Diary for a good nights craic.

Registration Day: Saturday the 13th of June sees the Castleblayney Faughs hold their annual Club registration evening in St.Marys Park. The registration evening will commence at 10 am in the afternoon and will continue right up to 4pm, leaving Club members the opportunity to pay their membership. Last year this day proved to be a great success with lots of people availing of the opportunity to pay their annual membership. Membership must be paid by everyone within the club from player, to coach, to committee members to social member, we will also be collecting any outstanding Cairde Memberships due for 2014. We have recently seen the introduction of the new insurance scheme from Croke Park which will only cover fully paid up members of the Club, so it is in everyone’s interest to make sure that they are paid up members of their own GAA Club. Our membership rates are great value with Family Membership costing €30, an Adult membership costing €20 while an Juvenile Under 18 costs €10, we hope to see lots of members coming out on Saturday the 13th.

County Team: Kingspan Breffni Park wasn’t the place for the faint hearted last Sunday as Monaghan and Cavan put on an absorbing contest, with 18 minutes to go Cavan struck a point which put four between the sides but Monaghan showed what they were made off by hitting five unanswered points to emerge victorious by the narrowest of margins. Malachy O’Rourkes reward is a Semi Final versus the Winners of Fermanagh or Antrim on June 21st. Well done to Dermot and all the members of the panel. The Minor panel which included Ethan McCann unfortunately had a disappointing performance and never recovered from a poor start , Cavan ran out easy winners but most of the Monaghan team are eligible again in 2016….