All-Star Yvonne McMonagle is the only Donegal player on the 30-strong panel that will take part in the MMI Group Interprovincial Tournament in Athlone this weekend.
The Glenfin forward, who drove Donegal to a unique treble last year when they won the Ulster and All-Ireland Intermediate championships as well as the National Football League Division Two, helped Ulster win the competition last year. Twelve months ago, in Kinnegad, Co Westmeath, Ulster overcame Leinster on a 1-14 to 1-6 scoreline, with McMonagle the scorer of two frees in the final.
Ulster open with a fixture against Munster at Páirc Chiarán at 11am on Saturday morning, before they take on Leinster at 12.30pm and Connacht at 2pm. The top two sides of the four play on Sunday for the title at 4.30pm, after the remaning pair play-off for third place and the Shield at 3.45pm.
Last week, Ulster and Monaghan played an entertaining challenge game last night in Cloughan with the Ulster side managed by Gregory McGonigle of University of Ulster Jordanstown winning 1-16 to 0-7.
Robbie for Celtic Park
Donegal referee Robbie O’Donnell is one of the match officials for this Sunday’s second game in the Ulster championship, the first round meeting of Derry and Fermanagh, in Celtic Park.
Cavan official Joe McQuillian is the referee for the game with Robbie O’Donnell one of his two linesmen.
Twin Towns coach chasing record once again
Leading Donegal boxing coach Eunan Devenney is putting the final touches this week to his preparation for his Guinness Book of Record attempt at punching a punchbag not stop.
The record currently stands at 36 hours and three minutes set in California in 2004 breaking the previous record of 24 hours and 16 minutes set by Eunan in 2001.
The record attempt is on Thursday next May 26th at the Twin Towns Boxing Club, Ballybofey at 10 am with local parish priest Fr. Kieran McAteer the official starter.
Eunan has been in training for the attempt since last June and is in good form and said this week he is feeling good and determined to regain his place as the record holder.
“Training has gone well, I am in good shape and feel good. Everything is in place and I am determined to set a new record. I am confident that I will set a new record and I hope to do it with a few hours to spare,” said Eunan.
There is also a charity element to the attempt with all sponsorship and money raised in the course of the event to be divided equally between the Our Lady’s Hospital for Sick Children in Crumlin and the Twin Towns Boxing Club.
Harps changing back to Saturday night
Football at Finn Park will return to Saturday nights with the first game on 11th June at 7.45pm against Waterford United. The club have taken the decision in consultation with Manager Peter Hutton and Director of Football Felix Healy.
“We have decided to change our home fixtures from Friday nights to Saturday nights for the remainder of the season,” said Harps Chairman Joey O’Leary. “Having consulted with Peter Hutton and Felix Healy on the matter, they feel it gives the players better preparation for games. At the minute we have the case where players are finishing their day’s work on a Friday evening and travelling straight to Finn Park for a match - it isn’t the ideal preparation. Changing to Saturdays means the players have the day to themselves and are more rested before the game that evening.
Harps’ next home game is on Thursday 26th May against Athlone Town.
Coll looking good
It is advantage Manchester United and Donegal teenager Joe Coll following United’s 2-2 draw with Sheffield United in Tuesday night’s FA Youth Cup final.
Over 29,000 packed into Sheffield’s Bramall Lane stadium for the first leg tie. The second leg is on Monday night next at Old Trafford kick-off 7.30 pm.
While Coll was not in the team he was on the bench for Tuesday’s night game and now looks set to pick up his first major medal since signing for United last July.