Is Donegal on collision course with Ulster Council

Is Donegal on collision course with Ulster Council
The decision of the Donegal GAA clubs to re-affirm their decision to delay the club championship could have consequences.

The decision of the Donegal GAA clubs to re-affirm their decision to delay the club championship could have consequences.

At a special County Committee meeting on Wednesday night last, the clubs voted for the status quo in relation to the staging of the club championship in 2014.

Late last year, the clubs made the controversial decision to postpone the club championship until after Donegal’s exit from the All-Ireland championship.

It is felt that with worries about the Donegal fixtures programme not being approved by the Ulster Council (it has to be submitted by the 31st March) a special meeting was called last week in an effort to schedule one round of club championship for the June Bank Holiday weekend, but the clubs didn’t back it.

Now it is a matter of crossing fingers and hoping that the Ulster Council are agreeable to the Donegal arrangement.

It also remains to be seen whether there are any sanctions laid down for counties that do not play club championship football over the summer months.

“I’m not sure if there is any sanction set down” one well placed source told the Democrat/Peoples Press.

“It is something that is only coming to a head in the last year or so and I am aware there is a lot of disquiet in a number of counties over the delaying of the club championships. Donegal is not the only county that is having the problem.

“I am also aware that Croke Park officials are watching it closely and there is a feeling it is only a matter of time before they do take some action.”

Injuries

Meanwhile, a number of county players sat out yesterday’s opening games in the All-County Football League due to injury.

Dermot ‘Brick’ Molloy did not feature for Naomh Conaill due to ankle injury and Marty O’Reilly missed MacCumhaill’s game against St Naul’s with a hamstring injury.

Neil Gallagher was replaced late on in Glenswilly’s clash with Four Masters, but it was not believed to be down to injury.