Senior team –Last Sunday morning we played Monaghan Harps knowing that a point would secure us a Semi Final place in this year’s Senior League. With a throw in time of twelve o’clock, none of the Players, Management or supporters knew the roller coaster of emotions that would follow. With the aid of a strong breeze we started well and it wasn’t long before we were four points to the good thanks to Dermot Malone, the McElroy’s brothers and Mark Treanor. Then the Harps took over and going into the break we were only one point up. The second half saw us open with a fine goal by Benny McElroy to leave us four up with twenty to go and looking like we would secure the two points before the Harps took on the scoreboard. Every Clubs players is brought up with the motto of “You never quit until the final whistle” and with four minutes to go we proved that motto lives well within our Senior team as first Ciaran Hanratty, then followed by Niall Duffy reduced the deficit to the minimum before another Ciaran Hanratty point on full time secured the vital point. Final Score Faughs 1-9 Monaghan Harps 1-9 , after 18 league matches and 1080 minutes of football, we now advance to the league semi-final. Date and opposition are yet unknown. Well done to all, the performance may not have been vintage but the determination and “never say die” attitude was typical of all good Faughs teams.
Mc Mahon Supervalu 5K Fun run/walk – The Club were delighted yet again this week as they announced that McMahon Supervalu have come on board as the main sponsor of the Castleblayney 5K walk/run which happens on Sunday the 30th of November at 2pm. The Mc Mahon Supervalu Castleblayney 5K which is now in its fourth year, has proven to be one of the biggest events in the local community as well as an established event for all local athletes. This event, which has now become part of the calendar of the Castleblayney area, has developed each year with an increased number of runners competing at every event, while also attracting such fitness celebrities as Gerry Duffy, Catherina Mc Kiernan, Ken Whitelaw, Owen Lennon, Therese Scott and Dr. Niall Moyna for the questions and answers session in the Glencarn Hotel directly after the run. We are asking that every Club member participate on the day. Registration is available online at www.castleblayneyfaughs.com or www.Runireland.com and forms are available in McMahon’s Supervalu.
Operation TransFAUGHSmation – Well done to everyone this week particularly the Sunday morning beginners walker/runners who completed 36 minutes of running around the track. We had circuits again this week on Tuesday night, and are looking forward to Zumba on Friday evening before we return to the field on Sunday morning. With only a few weeks to go, we would ask you to keep the encouragement going so that we get as many people to complete the McMahons Supervalu 5K as possible. If you have missed a few sessions make sure you get back this week and don’t worry everyone falls off the horse every so often.
Health & Wellbeing Conference – The Club have been give the honour of presenting at this year Ulster Council’s Health & Wellbeing Conference ‘Sláinte is Táinte – Health is Wealth’ this Saturday in the Ramada Plaza Hotel Belfast from 9:00am-3:30pm. Club Secretary Melissa Conlon and OPTFM Leader Louisa O’Brien will address the large crowd with information surrounding Operation TransFAUGHSmation, how it operates and how successful it has actually become. It’s great to see that the work of the club in the community is been recognised at a Provincial level. Best of luck to the ladies.
Ulster Presidents Awards – On Saturday night the Club will find out if we have been successful in our attempt to win another ward at the Ulster GAA Presidents Awards. We have been short listed in the “Duty of Care” category which is part of the overall Club Maith programme. Our submission has surrounded the very successful Operation TransFAUGHSmation programme. Hopefully the team can come home with from Belfast with another award.
Faughs Juvenile Winter Programme – It was great to see such large numbers at training last week despite the midterm break. Again we saw a few more new faces who joined us for their first GAA coaching session. Thanks to all the parents who have volunteered their time over the last couple of weeks to help out with all the training sessions. If you know of any child that wants to play GAA football please feel free to contact Brian Sherry (086- 2334287) or Melissa Conlon (087 7617216). Everybody is more than welcome and we are only delighted to see new faces. Details on training times and locations can be found on the web site or on Facebook.
Well Done – This week’s well done goes out to all the people who took part in the Centra “Lets Walk” initiative for Cancer last Saturday morning. It was great to see so many club people attend particularly the large number of male members who dressed in pink for the event. Well done to Pete and Ray and all the crew from Centra for running a great morning with all money going towards Cancer research and care.