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Castleblayney Notes

November 1st, 2011

Junior Bs – The Bs quest for a second successive double ended in disappointment last Sunday when Scotstown defeated them 0-14 to 1-6 in the semi-final. Blayney opened brightly despite playing against a stiff breeze and led by 4 points to 2 after 15 minutes with the scores coming from Brendan McElroy (2f), Jim McHugh and Adi Irwin, six unanwsered Scotstown points in the second quarter undid this good work and Blayney trailed by 4 at HT. A Ryan Treacy free in the opening minute of the second half reduced the arrears to 3 and when the same player dispatched a penalty to the net moments later the teams were level. Scotstown quickly retook the lead but another Brendan McElroy restored parity. Blayney were on top at this this and poor finishing stopped them from taking the lead but as they tired in the last 10 minutes a series of Scotstown points sealed Blayneys fate.
Junior Cs – The final game of the season, replays excepted, takes place this Sunday as the Cs play Blackhill in the RFL4 league final in Killanny at 2PM. We would urge people to come and support them, they were the first team in action in 2011 on St Patricks Day and here they are still battling for silverware in November
5Km flat race/Operation TransFAUGHmation run/walk – The Castleblayney 5km flat race is the inaugural road race to be held in Castleblayney. Hosted by the Faughs, the event will also mark the completion of the Operation TransFAUGHmation programme run by the club in the community that encouraged local people to become more active and healthy.

Special guest on the day will be Gerry Duffy DECA Ironman & 32 Marathons. The route is a fast flat route and will be timed (not chip timing). The race itself will see each finisher receive a medal and goody bag. There will also be trophies for Male 1 & 2, Female 1 & 2, Junior Male, Junior Female as well as prizes for the fastest Santa (hat and beard), fastest family team (2 members combined time) and best Operation Transfaughmation finisher.

The race is in support of the local St Marys Hospital Patient Fund, Irish Heart Foundation and Castleblayney Faughs Juvenile club. It promises to be a fun filled day and an excellent race to enjoy before the Christmas season sets in. For more details check out

Team Management – The club is now finalizing its team management structures for 2012 and invites any interested parties to contact club secretary Melissa Conlon or any committee member on or before Monday 7th November.
Operation TransFAUGHmation –This Friday night there is pilates with Janette Keenan in Rath na nOg at 8.15PM. Sunday morning sees the usual run/walk at the Black Island at 11AM and circuit training continues at Rath na nOg next Tuesday evening at 6.15PM with Colm Donnelly who replaces Marc for the week. Details and times of each week’s activities will be posted on
Winter Training Programme – The Faughs Juvenile Winter Training Programme returned last Thursday and as in previous years there was a huge turnout. U6 training is in Rath na n-Og from 6pm with the U8s are across the road on the Astroturf at Our Lady’s Secondary School from 6-7pm. The U10 Winter programme continues on Saturday evenings at 5pm on the Astroturf at Our Lady’s. As always, the club welcomes new players at each age group and any parents who wish to be involved or assist in any way are more than welcome. For further details please contact Brian Sherry 086 – 2334287, Keith Hanratty 086- 8225982, Ray Mc Ardle 087- 1383603.
Gaelic4Girls – The Gaelic4Girls programme which started on 6th October for primary school girls from 8-13 yrs will continue to run in conjunction with the winter programme at Our Lady’s from 7-8pm. This has had a great response and the girls are looking forward to the Ulster blitz which takes place on 26th November.

Lotto – Lotto numbers for the week ending 24th October 2011 were 05, 09, 23 and 25. There was no Jackpot winner; two tickets matched 3 numbers to win €75 each; Keith Hill, Killygola; Oscar Connor 19 Lake View. Next week’s jackpot is €11,000.

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