Donegal’s regulations on promotion and relegation and their interpretation by the county officials have come under scrutiny this week.
These interpretations are being challenged by one club and clarification is being sought by another on the decisions taken by the Donegal Competitions Controls Committee on promotion and relegation.
Dungloe and Naomh Muire are the clubs in question. They both played in Division Two of the All-County Football League in 2013.
Promotion and relegation is covered under regulation 25 (C)and (D) in the 2013 Donegal GAA Handbook (see panel below)
In the case of Dungloe, they are appealing the decision to deny them an opportunity to play in a promotion play-off with Glenfin, for the right to make the step up to Division One again next season along with Glenswilly.
Under the regulation, the second and third placed teams play-off for the second promotion spot. Dungloe contend that they have finished in third place in the league table, ahead of Termon on scoring average after they both ended level on points after Dungloe received a walk-over against Buncrana on Sunday last, in their last game of the league series.
The Inishowen side, who were already relegated, did not travel to Dungloe and the Democrat understands Dungloe have been informed that they have been awarded the points for the Buncrana game.
A Dungloe spokesperson, who did not wish to comment on the matter, did confirm that they had lodged an objection with the Ulster Council after they were notified that the CCC had fixed the Division Two promotion play-off between Glenfin and Termon for this weekend.
Meanwhile, Naomh Muire are seeking clarification from the CCC on their situation after being informed by the CCC that if they ended level on points with MacCumhaill’s that they would have to play-off with MacCumhaill’s to determine who faces Cloughaneely, in the relegation play-off. That was prior to their final game at home to Glenswilly, on Sunday, which the Lower Rosses side lost.
“Naturally, we did nothing until after Sunday’s game, but as soon as it was over we emailed the CCC seeking clarification on our situation re last week’s notification,” said a spokesperson for Naomh Muire.“We are still awaiting a response on the matter as of this afternoon (Wednesday). We contend because we have finished fourth from the bottom we should not be involved in a play-off and depending on the response we get we may appeal the matter.”
Naomh Muire were due to meet last night (Wednesday) to discuss the matter further.
The Donegal CCC were not available to comment on the matters before going to press yesterday evening, but it is does look as if at least one of the cases is going to end up being decided in the board room, if not both.
St. Eunan’s will be crowned Division 1 champions on Saturday when they play Killybegs as Kilcar failed to field last weekend in Malin.
Ulster Club Championship
Glenswilly, Naomh Muire and Milford are flying the Donegal flag in the AIB Ulster Club Championship this weekend.
Glenswilly entertain former All-Ireland champions St Gall’s of Antrim in Ballybofey, and the Antrim champions come with a big reputation in the championship.
This is Glenswilly’s second Ulster senior championship campaign. Two years ago they defeated Cavan Gaels in Cavan, before losing to Latton from Monaghan in Ballybofey.
In the Ulster Intermediate championship Naomh Muire play Derry champions Foreglen,in Celtic Park, while Milford play Michael Davitts in Belfast in the Ulster Junior championship.