Reserve Team – The Reserve team took to the field against Ballybay last Sunday morning. With little opportunity this year to have played any football on the pitch, the game was always going to show up the rustiness of the lads. Ballybay got out of the blocks early as we struggled to get any rhythm going. Ballybay ran out convincing winners in the end. This Saturday we have a game against Tyholland, where the lads will be hoping to secure two points which will get us up and running in the league. Throw in time 4.30pm in Tyholland.
Open Forum – A great crowd turned up for the Clubs open Forum on Monday night at 8.30pm in Our Lady’s Secondary Schools Concert Hall. Club Chairperson Stephen Dignam opened by welcoming all to the evening and before long a number of sub groups broke off to have a solutions discussion on a number of issue raised in Stephen’s introduction. All suggestions are now been collated into one document which will be brought back to the Senior Executive, who will work in consultation with the group on an implementation plan for 2014.
Girls Football Presentation Evening – The Castleblayney Girls Under 12 presentation took place in the Enterprise Centre on Friday night, a packed room full of spectators, players, family and parents watched on with great delight as the winning under 12 Girls received their medals from Monaghan Ladies and TV Stars Therese and Grainne McNally. Ladies Football Chairperson Darren McQuillan welcomed everyone and give a brief outline of the activities that the Girls would undertake in 2014 before conducting a very insightful questions and answers with the two Monaghan Ladies, in which they covered a range of topics from how to develop your skills, to what it was like to work with Davy Fitzgerald on the TV Show “Irelands Fittest Family” and to what Therese’s new wedding dress was like. The winning Under 12 team received their medals to huge applause from the big crowd. Well done everyone, we are already looking forward to 2014.Thanks again to the McNally Sisters, they have been extremely helpful on a number of Club activities over the last twelve months.
Under 12 – The boys played two challenge games on Saturday, with the Senior Team playing against Drumhowan and the Development team playing against Cremartin . This was the first week the boys were able to get out on the pitch and the lads quickly adjusted to the underfoot conditions. Training continues on Tuesday and Thursday with the first of our Spring league games against Carrickmacross in St Marys Park this weekend. Throw in for the Zone B match is at 12pm, while the Zone A team plays at 13.15. Can we ask as many club members as possible come out to the games, the boys would really appreciate your support.
Under 10 – The Under 10’s played in the final series of Games in the Fun Fives on Saturday morning in Ballybay Community School. The lads performed well throughout this league and have benefitted playing lots of indoor football. Training continues on Thursday evening on the Astro Turf.
Juvenile Training – All teams are back at this stage and it’s great to see such large numbers each week. Just a reminder that all Children are required to wear their mouth Guards and that all children pay the €2 to cover the cost of the training facilities.
Coaching Course – This week’s coaching workshop will target U10 – 12 club coaches. The venues and starting times remain the same as last week (Patrician 7:30 – 9:30, Sean McDermotts 7:00 – 9:00) but the content will be different. Topics covered in this workshop include: Long Term Player Pathway (focus on ages 9-12), Warm Up activities, Games and Tactical Development and finally Technical Skill Development through the Whole Part Whole training method.
Lotto – There was no winner of the lotto Jackpot this week, which now stands at €2800. The four lucky dip winners of €50 each were Jane Dignam, Castleblayney, Jim Heaney, Drumillard, Gerry Kennedy, Lake View and Kayleigh Dignam, Main Street. The numbers drawn were 07, 09, 11 and 18. New weeks draw will take place in the Conabury Inn. Congratulations to this weeks winners and many thanks to everyone for your continued support.