Club Notes, November 21st 2016

McMahons Supervalu 5K: The time has finally arrived, after weeks of preparation the Club are all set to hold the McMahons Supervalu 5K on Sunday at 2pm.The last few weeks has seen lots of people running up and down the Monaghan road in an effort to get themselves fit to compete in the 5K. We are anticipating a good crowd on the day and are calling on every club member to play their part in one of the best days in Castleblayney. This year our special guest is Gary O’Hanlon who is known nationally as a prolific runner who has claimed numerous titles over recent years for many distances, ranging from 5km right up to the Ultra distance of 50k where he is the national record holder , Gary has also represented Ireland at the World championships in Doha. You can register to walk or run on the day by logging onto www.castleblayneyfaughs.com or www.runireland.com or you can give your money to any committee member.

Operation TransFAUGHSmation: Sadly this week we will reach the end of this year’s programme on Friday. This year has been yet another unbelievable success, with the effort by all participants and coaches been exceptional, the programme just seems to get better every year. The Club would like to thank everyone involved from participants to coaches to the organising committee who have put in an unbelievable effort into making the twelve weeks such a success. We have one major hurdle to cross before we can pull down the curtain on this year programme, on Sunday we have the McMahons Supervalu 5K which has been everyone target, weather you walk, run or crawl the event, crossing that finish line is such a huge achievement for everyone. This year’s event will change slightly, there will be a 2K race for all children Under 14 starting at 1pm while the main race will follow at 2pm. Remember everyone enjoy Sunday you have done a great job just to get to the start of the race never mind finishing the 5K, be proud of yourselves. Finally we are asking all transFAUGHSmationers and club members to help us out on Sunday by bringing some sandwiches, cakes or buns to the Glencarn before 12pm as last year we had approximately 1000 people sat down after the race which is a lot of eating.

Faughs Juvenile Winter Programme: Thursday night sees the end of the this block of training, we have seen huge numbers attending but more importantly have seen huge improvements in the skills and attitude of our young players. We would like to thank you the parents for your continued support right throughout the year and our coaches who give up the significant personal time required to provide such a brilliant environment for our children to learn. Training will return in early 2017, so let’s keep practicing so we insure we have many great Green and Gold days ahead of us all.

Juvenile Presentation: We had a huge crowd last Friday evening for the Juvenile Presentation; special guest on the evening was Club and Monaghan Legend Declan Loughman who gave a very insightful interview on what it meant to play for the Faughs. Thank you to all the Children, Parents, Coaches, Players and Club Members who turned up to make it such an enjoyable evening.

Club AGM: This year’s AGM will take place on November 25th, 8pm in the Castleblayney Enterprise
Centre, when we will also launch our Development Plan for the next three years. Given we are including the launch of our Development Plan, our AGM will take a slightly different format to previous years. Reports on the night will come from our Club Chairman, Stephen Dignam and Club Treasurer, Sean McDonald. Reports from our Youth Officer, Brian Sherry and the Secretary’s report will be available to you in advance of the meeting, and you can raise any questions/issues on the night. We wish to concentrate more on the Development Plan, and on the night a presentation will be made showing how we all see the Club develop in the next three years.

Club Development Plan Launch: The Club Development plan which everyone has been working on will be launch at the Club AGM this Friday, the booklet will go to print early in the week and we will be distributing copies on Friday night, we are looking for people to sit on Sub Committee so if you feel that you have something to add or have a couple of free hours each month then please contact Stephen Dignam 087 2246579 or Melissa Conlon 087 7617216, we would be delighted to see new faces and would really appreciate new help on any committee.

Monaghan Coaching Workshops: Last Wednesday saw an excellent coaching course on tackling by Gary Mallon from Ulster GAA; the session introduced the basics principles of tackling. The next course will be on: BREAKBALL, in Cloghan on Wednesday 7th of December from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.This is an interactive class based workshop. It is open to all coaches and will use drills, games and video clips to break down the various coaching points for winning break ball and regaining possession. Focus on first step quickness, anticipation v reacting, body position and attitude. For more information contact shane.mccann.ulster@gaa.ie. This is a free session and is well worth attending.

Best of Luck: The Club would like to wish our neighbours Blackhill and Donaghmoyne all the best in the Ulster Club Final’s this Sunday, Blackhill take on Rock St Patrick in Páirc Ester, Newry at 12:30 PM to decide who will be Ulster Junior Champions of 2016 while Donaghmoyne take on Pomeroy Plunketts in the Intermediate Final in the same venue at 2.30pm, best of luck to both Clubs.

Well done: This week’s well done goes out to Scoil Mhuire na mBuchaillí who registered over 70 Boys for the 2K together along with a further seven staff members. We would like to say a huge thank you to the teachers who undertook to organise the registration process and for training the boys each Monday. Well done to all.