Club Notes 28/10/21

Lotto: There was no winner of this weeks Lotto jackpot. The numbers drawn were 1, 6, 16 &19. Our four lucky dip winners of €25 each were Stephen Dignam Crescent Hill, Aine Lambe Old Coach Rd, Danielle Duffy Oram and Catherine Callaghan Old Coach Manor. Next weeks draw is worth €6400. Keep playing and supporting your club on lotto.castleblayneyfaughs.com

Bingo: Bingo continues every Wednesday night in Our Lady’s Secondary School concert hall at 8pm. Congratulations to Sarah Mackin on taking home the jackpot last week of €2200. Enjoy spending. And so we start again with the jackpot back at €1000 with all the usual cash prizes. See you all Wednesday evening and thank you all for your continued support.

Siamsa challenge: Following the amazing success of the Siamsa challenge we will be joining the Aisling Irish Community Center, New York to Celebrate the Centre’s 25th Anniversary. Our thoughts during these celebrations will certainly be of the Late Philip Traynor of All Boro Floor Service who selflessly offered up so many hours helping out in the Centre and extended his friendship too so many people. We will also be celebrating Niall McKenna from Gaeil Triucha CLG – Truagh Gaels and Rockland GAA who was recently honoured as an ambassador for the Centre and wish Niall all the very best in this new chapter. Niall was one of the main drivers of the Siamsa Challenge. So we are reaching out to all clubs to join us in Entekra Monaghan GAA Centre of Excellence training facilities,Cloghan at 10am on Sunday 31st October. Walk and talk  Run, Jog – the choice is yours!! EVERYONE WELCOME on 31st October and there will be a few surprises on the day! Please donate what you can to this fantastic cause by using the Link – https://www.paypal.com/donate/

Anthem: Any juveniles or families interested in singing national anthem before games in St. Mary’s Park please text 0860702195. Many thanks to our loyal singers Joe Hanratty, Orlaith McMahon, Aoife McCooey and Bernard O’Connor.

Minor Final Beckons For Blayney: There were no slip-ups last Wednesday evening as Blayney Minors advanced to the Division One Minor final  when they defeated Clones in St Mary’s Park Castleblayney in the replay of the Minor semi final. Blayney got off to a blistering start hitting 1-4 before Clones raised a flag. A terrific run from Thomas Hughes saw him blast the ball to the Clones net while the points came through Max McGinnity, Niall Rice, Charlie McQuillan and Shea Casey. Clones eventually found their rhythm and responded with four points in a row but before the first water break Blayney hit back with a second goal from Thomas Hughes and another point from top scorer Niall Rice to leave the score 2-5 to 0-4. On resumption of play Blayney found a quick reply  with a point from Max McGinnity and  a third Blayney goal this time with a dashing run from defender Keelan McMahon to open up an eleven point lead. Before half time Blayney extended their lead with points from Niall Rice (3) and Max McGinnity while Clones sent over two scores to leave the score at the interval Blayney 3-10 Clones 0-6. The game seemed all but over at this stage but on the turnaround  Clones made a magnificent rally and hit two goals and a point narrowing the gap to six points and forcing the Blayney keeper John Flanagan to pull off a couple of good saves during this Clones purple patch. This strong recovery by the visitors left Blayney momentarily shell shocked.  But they weathered the storm and before the second water break orchestrated  a strong response scoring 1-3 to Clones’ single point to put themselves back on an upward trajectory. Blayney points came from Niall Rice (2) and Ben Mallon while Rice’s goal effectively decided the issue.  Blayney’s scoring barrage continued  in the final period as they tacked on five more unanswered points  through Blayney’s top scorer Niall Rice (2), Conor Ruddy, Thomas Hughes, and Max McGinnity. Clones managed a consolation point at the end leaving the final score Blayney 4-18 Clones 2-9. Blayney now advance to the final. Team: John Flanagan, Jake McDonald, Ultan McMahon, Callum Campbell. Keelan McMahon (1-0), Charlie McQuillan (0-1), Nathan McArdle, Ben Mallon (0-1), Joe Carey, Canice Murphy, Thomas Hughes (2-1), Martin Joyce, Max McGinnity (0-4), Niall Rice (1-9), Shea Casey (0-1). Subs used : Conor Ruddy (0-1), Daniel Kerr, Josh Conlon, Ross McGuire.  

Seniors: Our senior men got a much needed and well deserved victory over Carrickmacross on Friday last on a score line of 1-08 to 0-07. Well done lads.

Fixtures: All roads lead to Cremartin this Sunday were our U17 boys take on Scotstown in the Div 1 Championship Final. Throw in 2pm. Sure to be a cracker. Best of luck to team and management. Let’s get behind the lads and support them on Sunday.


 Winter Training: Boys and girls Athletics winter training begins 1st November and continues till 24th November every Monday and Wednesday. Runners only and €2 to cover lighting costs. U7 – U9 from 5:45 to 6:45 and U10 – U12 from 7pm – 8pm.

AGM: Our AGM is on 12th November, 7.00pm in Iontas. The AGM is an important meeting for you to express your views on how the club is doing and the direction you would like to see the club take.

If there are any notes/events you wish to have published as part of our notes please don’t hesitate in contacting Brendan Carr on 0872926456 or by emailing pro.castleblayney.monaghan@gaa.ie