All-County League format will stay the same

Tom Comack

Reporter:

Tom Comack

The Donegal club football league will remain unchanged following a decision this week by Donegal county committee to stick with the tried and trusted format.

The Donegal club football league will remain unchanged following a decision this week by Donegal county committee to stick with the tried and trusted format.

The system of nine teams in Divisions One and Two is to remain while the decision to relegate three teams from Division three at the end of the forthcoming season will mean that from next year onwards Divisions Three and Four will be made up of ten teams in each division.

This was the decision of county committee on Monday night despite calls for change at a recent forum on the league and championship structures.

Alternative proposals were put forward by St. Naul’s, Kilcar, Malin and Milford.

St. Naul’s, Kilcar and Malin proposed three divisions (Division One, Two and Three) of 13 teams and 12 games with the introduction also of new regional championship with the county divided up into six distinct groups; the regional championship to be run during the height of the inter-county championship season with clubs playing without their county players.

The third proposal in the name of Milford was a much more radical one with six division of eight teams.

However, after a short discussion on all three and a run down on what was being proposed by the chairman P. McGowan, the Milford proposal did not receive a seconder and was not considered.

This left a straight vote between the existing system, which was in the names of Letterkenny Gaels, Four Masters and Naomh Mhuire, and the St.Naul’s, Kilcar and Malin recommendation.

On a show of hands the existing structure won the day on a vote of 52 to 25 with the executive/top table voting strongly in favour of the existing system.

Meanwhile, also on league formats a motion in the name of Convoy to relegate three teams from Division Three at the end of the 2012 to reduce the number of teams in the division to ten was passed.

A recommendation from Four Masters proposing the removal of the regulation that stipulated that there be a closed season in December and January for club games received the unanimous backing of the meeting and was passed.

Four Masters were also successful with their recommendation that a secondary competition introduced last year for teams in Divisions One and Two to be played when Donegal were in championship action be removed.

And the club also received assurances from CCC chairman Charlie Cannon that clubs would not be asked to play more than four league games without their county players.

A recommendation from Ardara that in relegation play-off games the third team from the bottom have home advantage in the play-off was also passed.

It was also passed on the night on the back of a proposal from Naomh Mhuire that games in reserve football be 15- aside, but where a situation arose where a team had only 13 players on a given day that game be reduced to 13-a-side.