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Castleblayney notes

August 2nd, 2011

Seniors – The seniors return to action with a home game against Ballybay this Friday night at 7.30PM in Toome.

Junior BThe Bs made it a hat-trick of O’Duffy Cup titles last Wednesday night when they overcame stubborn Truagh resistance to record a 2-06 to 1-05 win. An early Brendan McElroy point set Blayney on the way and a fine goal in the 10th minute from Damian Hughes quickly followed by another Brendan McElroy point increased the advantage. Blayney were very much in the ascendancy at this stage and but for some finishing would have been further in front. Truagh guadually found their feet and a trio of pointed frees gave them a foothold in the game but points from Niall Duffy and McElroy saw Blayney lead by 4 at half time. Two early second half frees from Truagh reduced the arrears and then came the games defining moment in the 45th minute, the referee appeared to award Blayney a 14 yard free before changing his decision to a penalty which Paddy Conlon duly finished to the net to give Blayney a 5 point lead. Further points from play extended the lead before a late Truagh penalty gave us a few nervous moments but Blayney saw out the remaining time and Captain Pauric McNally received the cup to great applause. The Bs next game is away to Scotstown next Wednesday at 7.30PM.

Team: P McNally; B McGuigan, M Treanor, J Hanratty; G Duffy, P Treanor; J McHugh; P Conlon (1-1, Pen), B McGuinness; Ray McArdle, N Duffy (0-1), D Hughes (1-0); G Brady, R Treacy, B McElroy (0-3,1f). Subs: Adrian Irwin (0-1) for Brain McGuinness; M Hanratty for Ray McArdle; Fergal Duffy for Damian Hughes.

Minor – The minors put in a very lack lustre performance last Tuesday night and were reliant on an injury time Barry Duffy goal to beat St Pats 2-14 to 2-13. Blayney shaded the first half but a late Pats goal saw the sides go in level at half time. A Niall McCann goal early in the 2nd half and a couple of points seemed to have settled the match but with Blayney taking their foot of the gas a scoring burst from St Pats saw them go 4 ahead before Blayneys late late show. League action resumes next Tuesday night with a home game against Clontibret in Oram at 7.30PM.

Blayney Show – The club stand was a huge success at the Blayney show on Monday and we would like to thank all those who took part in our skills competition and the dunk a “legend”. It was great to see see many of our younger members there wearing the green and gold.

Faughs Summer Camp – The Castleblayney Faughs Summer Camp is now only a week away, it takes place from Wed 10th to Sat 13th and culminates in a surprise trip away and party on Saturday 13th. The cost of the camp is €20 for the first child, €10 for the second child and €7.50 for any additional children which covers the club training top and the trip away. All children are welcome but be aware places are limited so to avoid disappointment get an application form from Declan Loughman’s Sports Shop, from Pete McMahon at Centra or download from club website www.castleblayneyfaughs.com.
Photographs – Some photographs from the Muckno Mania sports day and from the Bungee jump have been added to the gallery on the club website www.castleblayneyfaughs.com. Further pictures from the Blayney show and last week’s Junior B final will also be added this week.

U10 Street Leagues – The club are currently running a “street league” type event on Tuesday mornings with all welcome, it will culminate with a finals day during the summer camp next week. The League began on Tuesday 26th in St. Mary’s Park and after two rounds of fixtures it is Monaghan who are top of the table. In their opening game they defeated Kerry by a margin of 2 points thanks to outstanding displays from Ciaran Duffy and Gain Kelly and the clinical finishing of Ryan McKernan. In their next contest they defeated Cork by 7 points with a spectacular first half display that returned 9 goals with Joseph Hughes and David Irwin showing a wide range of skills. Kerry are currently sitting in 2nd position in the league. After losing narrowly to Monaghan in round 1, they put on a brilliant second half display to come from behind in a thrilling game against Dublin, with Francis McGeobh and Gearoid Coyle putting in huge performances in both games.
Also on 2 points are Dublin as they defeated Cork by 4 points but lost out against Kerry in round 2. Extremely strong at the back due to the presence of Cian O’Connor and Colm Bishop and the excellent forward play of Craig Callan and Michael Hughes ensures that Dublin will be hard to stop in this competition. Cork can count themselves unlucky not to have picked up points at this stage as they showed tremendous battling qualities in both matches to date. Top quality second half displays have shown us the potential that this team possess, and superb performances from Colin Merrick, Jack Callan and Conal Mc Hugh lead us to believe that Cork will not be bottom of the table for long.

U10/U8/U6 – Training continues on Thursday evenings at usual times and venues.

Circuit Training – Marc Loughman is running a sculpt class on Saturday mornings in the Scout Hall (8.30-9.15AM). The class is open to men and women; cost is €5. Marc can be contacted at 0879489207.

Lotto – Lotto numbers for the week ending 25th July 2011 were 03, 14, 22 and 27. There was no Jackpot winner; three people matched 3 numbers to win €50 each; Sarah Mackin, Conabury; Cormac Brady C/B and Cathal O’Flaherty c/o Spectrum. Next week’s jackpot is €11,000.

Notes – Anyone wishing to be added to the club email list or have something included in the notes drop a line to info@castleblayneyfaughs.com or contact Club PRO Bob O Donnell on 087-6025027.

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