Club Notes November 27th

Operation TransFAUGHSmation – Faughs 5K:
Sunday saw the running of the eight Mc Mahons Supervalu 5K Race in Castleblayney, rain showers didn’t deter nearly 700 runners turning up for the start of the race.

The race which is now established as one of the best races in the North East was packed with a quality field with thirty five clubs being represented on the day as well as a host of other sporting groups.

The Under 14 race started at 1pm which saw the young athletes cover a 2K distance, this race attracted over 175 children who spirited from the start line at the Glencarn Hotel out the Monaghan Road before turning at Castlecool to come back into town, the winner of this race was local Athlete Tom Dogherty from Drumhowan GAC , with local Faughs lads Charlie Mc Quillan and Max Mc Ginnity just piping Adhran Smith from Carrick Aces to a place on the podium .

When it got down to the serious stuff of the Adult Race, there was no hanging about with a fast time always going to be required with course record holder Patrick Hamilton leading the way out the Monaghan Road , Darragh Greene from Dunleer was literally running on his shoulder with Eskander Turki from Monaghan Town Runners making up the group of three. Just after the 4km sign Greene and Hamilton made a break for home and as they entered the final straight the lead swapped twice before defending champion Greene piped Hamilton to retain his title by one second in a time of 15:36 ,Turki followed quickly to claim third spot.

First female home was Denise Toner from Clones AC in a time of 18:19; Nicola Flanagan from the Blayney Rockets was second in 18:40 with Levina Matthews from North East Runners finishing third in a time of 19:39.

After the race all participants and supporters attended a packed Glencarn Hotel where the staff supplied free Tea, Coffee and sandwiches to all. The audience was entertained as Stephen Dignam held a question and answers session with Monaghan All Star GAA Goalkeeper Rory Beggan on how he has developed from been an outfield Club Player to been the best goalkeeper in Ireland .

Next year race date will Sunday the 24th of November 2019, we recommend that you put the date in your Diary; it really is a great occasion. Well done to all.

Operation TransFAUGHSmation: Well done to everyone who participated in this years Operation TransFAUGHSmation, culminating in the 5K on Sunday past. Many thanks to Tom and his team who yet again put the group through their paces – everyone agreed it was a massive success not only for improving fitness levels but for promoting local community spirit.

AGM: Our AGM takes place on January 11th, 7.30pm in the Enterprise Centre. Nomination forms are available via email: secretary.castleblayney.monaghan@gaa.ie. This is an important meeting and provides an opportunity to have your say and ask questions. We would encourage everyone who has an interest in the Faughs to attend.

Well Done: Congratulations and well done to all our juveniles this past season. On Friday we had our annual prize-giving in the Glencarn Hotel where all the various medals and cups were awarded. The future is certainly bright in the capable hands of all these young players, both girls and boys!

Well Done: Well Done to Castleblayney hurlers who staged a remarkable comeback (again!) against a determined John Mitchels from Warwickshire in the All Ireland Q/F. The lads now move on to play Carrick-on-Shannon early in the New Year

Christmas Carols: The Students and Staff of Castleblayney College Welcome you to An Evening of Christmas Carols on 16th December 2018 At 4.00 p.m. in the School Assembly Hall. All are welcome. FREE ticketed event – tickets available at school office

Juvenile Training: The Juvenile training program continues this week. Any girls or boys who would like to take part in the training are more than welcome. As well as teaching the fundamentals of gaelic football, the training is a great way to meet other children, stay active and improve teamwork and co-ordination skills as well as being lots of fun!
Please remember to bring gumshield and water.

Girls/Boys U6: Thursdays 6.10 – 7.00 Rath Na Nog
Boys U7: Thursdays 6 – 7 Our Ladies Astro Turf (Beside Iontas)
Girls U8 & U10 Mondays 6 – 7 Our Ladies Astro Turf (Beside Iontas)
Boys U9: Thursdays 6 – 7 Our Ladies Astro Turf (Beside Iontas)
Boys U11: Thursdays 7 – 8 Our Ladies Astro Turf (Beside Iontas)
Girls U12 & U14: Mondays 7 – 8 Our Ladies Astro Turf (Beside Iontas)
Boys U12: Tuesdays 7 – 8 Our Ladies Astro Turf (Beside Iontas)

Any queries, please contact Brian Sherry on 086 233 4287

Monaghan GAA Coaching & Games Development: On January the 7th & 14th 2019 Monaghan GAA Coaching & Games Development are hosting two workshops which are suitable for coaches and managers operating between U14 and Senior level:
Tactical Awareness Through Games Based Coaching ( Meath Senior Team Coach, Colm Nally)
Goalkeeping Workshop (All Star Rory Beggan and Monaghan Senior Goalkeeping Coach Steve Williams)
For more details please contact Paul O’Connor – developmentmanager.monaghan@gaa.ie or 086 837 4827