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June 25th, 2019

Castleblayney Hurling Club Notes 27th June 2019

Juvenile Training schedule is as follows:

U7/U9/U11 training moves outdoors on Wednesdays from 6-7pm in St Mary’s Park Juvenile pitch. Parking at Castleblayney College and enter field by signing in at side gate. Registration forms available at training.

The Club’s Children’s Officer is Mary McArdle, 087 2394240

Monaghan Go Games blitzes announced for U7/U9 in Cloghan on Wednesdays from 7-8.30pm on the following dates: June 26th, July 17th & Aug 14th.

U-11’s Next game is on 30th June.

U-13’s Well done on a very comprehensive win against Cootehill on Mon17th in the semi-final of the Tain Og League, winning on a scoreline of 7-07 to 3-00. The boys will now play Tooreen of Mayo or Coolera Strandhill of Sligo in the final.

U-15’s Tain Og Semi-final The U15 team had a significant victory in the Tain Og Semi-Final on Monday night in Cloghan. Their opponents were East Cavan Gaels and both teams were well matched in physical size and stature on the pitch. The evening sunshine brought many parents, older siblings and players out to support, alongside Martin Fogarty, GAA National Hurling Development Manager. By half time Blayney led by 6 points and would go on to double their score by the conclusion of the game. The final score was 6.12 to 4.3 and the management team of Patrick, Eddie & Kevin, assisted by Peter & Colin are all looking forward to the Finals for both the U13 and U15 teams in the forthcoming weeks

U-17’s club training continues on Wed with U-15’s.

Development Hurling League Final Hard luck to the lads losing to Clontibret by the finest of margins, on a scoreline of 0-13 to 2-08. The game played in Inniskeen on Thurs 20th saw Clontibret lead from start to finish in what was a very entertaining game but saw Blayney chasing Clontibret all the time. Well done Clontibret!

Armagh Senior Hurling League Blackhill was the venue on Tues 18th for our first game in this year’s Armagh Senior Hurling League against Lisbellaw from Fermanagh and what a contest it turned out to be. On what was a lovely night for hurling, the crowd at the game were treated to a wonderful spectacle with the two teams putting up a combined total score of 5-40. Thankfully it was the Blayney team that came out on top in the end, winning on a scoreline of 2-23 to 3-17.

The visitors started the game well and held the advantage for most of the first half thanks to a very well taken early goal. Despite playing reasonably well, the home team were unable to close the gap between the sides to any less than three points and were a little wasteful in front of goals, missing some chances that would normally result in scores. However just before half time came the breakthrough that Blayney deserved when Brian McGuigan flicked the ball to the net after some great work by corner forward Jordan Carville. At half time, Lisbellaw led by a point on a scoreline of 1-9 to 1-8 but the second half saw Blayney really raise their game and the hunger and determination so characteristic of this team came to the fore. With the half back line of Declan Crowe, Paddy Finnegan and David Irwin providing a very solid launch pad, and the Treanor brothers in midfield chipping in with some excellent long range scores, the tide turned in Blayney’s favour. A goal in the closing stages by Hugh Byrne gave the Blayney lads some breathing space and despite conceding a late goal, the team ran out deserving winners of what was a cracking game of hurling.

Team: P Collins, C Callan, C McNally, E Leonard, D Irwin, P Finnegan, D Crowe, P Treanor, M Treanor, H Byrne, B McGuigan, F Rafter, J Carville, S Irwin, P Malone.

Subs; P Murphy, H Brennan, A Kerr, S Lambe, J Lavelle

Scorers; F Rafter 0-10, H Byrne 1-3, B McGuigan 1-1, M Treanor 0-3, P Treanor 0-3, S Lambe 0-2, H Brennan 0-1

Lory Meagher & Nicky Rackard Cup Finals Great to see former Blayney Hurler, Ronan McAteer, line out in goals in Croke Park with Lancashire last Saturday in the Lory Meagher final against Leitrim. Great celebrations in the North West with Leitrim claiming the Lory Meagher Cup and Sligo defeating Armagh in the Nicky Rackard final, two counties not known as hurling strongholds but the passion is the same! Inspirational victories for us all.

Sympathy is extended to Joe Kelly and family, Drumillard on the death of Dolores RIP who was grandmother to senior player Jason Lynch Kelly and grand aunt to senior player, Craig Callan. Sympathy is also extended to the family of Kevin McKenna RIP, The Crescent, who was buried during the week. Ar Dheis Dé go raibh a n-anamacha.

Pyjama 5K A great turnout for this fun event which took place at Muckno last Sat in memory of Stephen Marron RIP with funds going to Castleblayney Cancer and St Vincent de Paul. Thank you to the many hurlers and supporters who came out on the day.

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