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Castleblayney Notes

November 8th, 2011

Junior Cs – A little bit of history was created in the club last Sunday when we won the RFL4 league for the first time when defeating Blackhill 1-10 to 0-06 in a very sporting encounter. Blayney started very brightly with points from two minor stars David McMahon and Fergal Malone before a Blackhill free narrowed the gap. Brian McGuigan again stretched the lead to two points before more indiscipline allowed Blackhill another point from a free. Blayney were playing excellent football at this stage and long range scores from Ciaran McGinn and Fergal Duffy from play, along with a David McMahon free, pushed the lead to four before another Blackhill free left the halftime score 0-06 to 0-03. The second half began with Blackhill on top but resolute defending kept them at bay and when Mark Burns raided upfield to point Blayney settled again. A quickfire 1-1 from Ciaran McGinn left Blayney 8 ahead going into the last quarter. Two pointed frees gave Blackhill some hope but when veteran Ray McArdle pointed Blayneys win was assured. The teams traded scores in the last couple of minutes to leave the final score 1-10 to 0-06. The cup was presented to captain Ray McArdle by Brendan Farrell on behalf of the county board amid great applause.
Team and Scorers: Aaron McNamara, Ultan Brady, Gareth Duffy, Bernard McDonald, Mark Burns(0-1), Mark McMahon, Fergal Malone (0-1), Niall Dignam, Ritchie Smyth, Sean McGeough, Brian McGuigan (0-1), Fergal Duffy (0-1), Ciaran McGinn (1-2), David McMahon (0-3,2F), Ray McArdle (0-1) Subs Justin Hanratty for Sean McGeough.
Photographs – A regular sight at Faughs games across all grades in recent years has been Fintan McTiernan busily taking photographs. Fintan has kindly supplied us with all his photographs from 2011 and these are now available on the website

5Km flat race/Operation TransFAUGHmation run/walk – Preparations for the Faughs inaugural 5km road race are now in full flow. The race takes place on Sunday 4th December and combines a 5km run for serious athletes with a fun run/walk for the less dedicated.. 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. More details can be found at

Operation TransFAUGHmation –This Friday night there is boxercise in the boxing club at 8.15PM. Sunday morning sees the usual run/walk at the Black Island at 10.30AM and circuit training continues at Rath na nOg next Tuesday evening at 6.15PM. Details and times of each week’s activities will be posted on  
Winter Training Programme – 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 31th October 2011 were 04, 05, 17 and 27. There was no Jackpot winner; two tickets matched 3 numbers to win €75 each; Malachy Keenan, c/o Dignams; C Costello. Next week’s jackpot is €11,000

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