Club Notes, Oct 25th 2016

Senior Men: We entered the last round of league games last Sunday knowing that a win would guarantee our place in this year’s League Semi Finals, while Carrick also needed to secure two points in an effort to avoid the drop to Intermediate ranks for 2017. The Faughs started the game in a whirl wind fashion with Dermot Malone and Ciaran Hanratty scoring 1-1 each within the opening five minutes before Carrick responded with a point of their own. The Faughs continued to play some fine football with further scores from Malone, Hanratty , the Mc Elroy brothers Brendan and Martin as well as Mark Treanor to give the famous green and gold a commanding half time lead of: Faughs 2-9 Carrick 0-5. The lads started well after the break adding three further points before a penalty for Carrick give them some glimmer of hope of getting something from the game but the Faughs responded well with three points to kill off the contest. Final Score Faughs 2-19 Carrick 1-08. The result means that we now have an away semi final against Monaghan Harps the date and time have yet to fixed, in the other Semi Final Ballybay will take on Truagh.

McMahons Supervalu Castleblayney 5km: Sunday 27th, 2pm see the return of the ever popular McMahons Supervalu Castleblayney 5km. We know of at least 200 people whos training began just over 5 weeks ago! The online registration is now open at http://www.runireland.com/events/castleblayney-supervalu-5km-road-race Register early to take advantage of the special entry fee of €10. The race is fully AAI certified and approved, every participant gets a unique medal for their collection, and refreshments for all will be served in the Glencarn following the race. This is a great day for runners/walkers and the community of Castleblayney; we hope to see ye all there.

Operation TransFAUGHSmation: This Saturday see the big cycle taking place in the Glencarn Shopping Centre for OPTFM Tom v Jazza 2016, the bike will be going from early morning so please feel free to drop in for a while and don’t be afraid to get up on the old bike to challenge you to 30 minutes. All money raised goes to charity.

50/50: The winner of the 50/50 this week was Darren McQuillan who won himself €150, tickets will be available in the Shopping Centre on Saturday morning.

Faughs Juvenile Winter Programme: The Faughs Juvenile winter programme resumed last Thursday the 20th of October, it was great to see so many children both on the Astro Turf and in Rath Na nOg , if you know of any child that wants to play GAA football please feel free to contact Brian Sherry 0862334287 or Melissa Conlon 0877617216. Everybody is more than welcome to attend; we are only delighted to see new faces. Under 6’s in Rath Na Og from 6-6.50pm, Under 8’s from 6-7pm and Under 10’s from 7-8pm, both on Our Lady’s Secondary School Astro Turf. We are looking forward to seeing everyone there for further details please check the clubs social media site.

Cumann na mBunscol: Last Saturday saw the finals of Cumann na mBunscol take place in St Marys Park, the Boy school played in the Division 1 Final where they took on Monaghan Boy School, in the first quarter they played really well but couldn’t convert their chances on the scoreboard, the second quarter saw Monaghan draw level before they sneaked ahead in the third quarter and despite a great effort from the boys they couldn’t close the gap in the final quarter as Monaghan ran out winners by eight points.

Club Development Plan: With the playing season now nearly completed, the Clubs attention has reverted back to the finalisation of the Club Development Plan, at this stage all the draft sections are complete with final sign off expected to be completed by 31st of October. The design of the final booklet is also work in progress and the Club are aiming to get the final booklet completed by the end of November, we will continue to keep people updated each week.

Health and Wellness: Last Saturday saw Club delegates Melissa Conlon and Louisa O’Brien attend the National Health & Wellbeing Conference in Croke Park, the event brought together some of the country’s leading health and wellness experts, including Niall Moyna who delivered the keynote address as well as high profile GAA players from across all codes. Well done to former Faughs Player James Carthy from Mayo spoke about his Clubs Operation Transformation programme and Monaghan Player Sharon Courtney who also spoke at the event.

Well Done: This week well done goes out to the Monaghan Under 16 Squad who won their third consecutive Buncrana Cup last Sunday when they defeated Derry on a score line of Monaghan 2-11 Derry 1-12, well done to the three Faughs Players Craig Callan, Kian O’Connor and Francis McGeough who all played an instrumental role right throughout the year. Hopefully the Club can continue to supply quality players to the County Development squads who will go onto play senior football for both the Club and the County.