Donegal GAA to decide on league structures

Donegal GAA county committee will meet next Monday night for their monthly meeting and topping the agenda will be the make-up of the adult football leagues and championship in the county for the season ahead.

Donegal GAA county committee will meet next Monday night for their monthly meeting and topping the agenda will be the make-up of the adult football leagues and championship in the county for the season ahead.

In all 18 of the county’s 39 football clubs have submitted motions/recommendations for consideration at Monday nights meeting.

Many of these are for tweaking the current league and championship formats with a number of clubs proposing a stricter running of the schedule of games, particularly in the league.

There are also a number of proposals on the hardy annual of playing league games mid-week and slight alterations to the championship.

However, there are a number of recommendations that the leagues, in particular, be overhauled and re-structured in a major way. These proposals are coming from Kilcar, Malin and Milford with both Kilcar’s and Malin’s motions along similar lines.

Both Kilcar and Malin are proposing three divisions of 13 teams with one round of games and with promotion and relegation. This would see a reduction of four games from the current 16 to 12. They are also proposing that their be a fourth division made up of all club third teams.

Milford are proposing an even more radical change and are suggesting six divisions of eight teams per division with teams in Divisions One and Two in the senior championship; Divisions Three and Four in the intermediate championship with the junior championship made-up of teams in Divisions Five and Six.

Kilcar are also proposing the running of a secondary regional championship with the county divided in seven sections with this championship to be played on a league basis on weekends the county team are involved in championship action.

The regional championship would give clubs at least five games and as well as make up for the drop in number of league games would also substitute for the proposed star (matched) game system, which has been proposed by the Donegal fixtures committee and outlined in this newpaper last week.

Termon are also proposing that the existing system remains in place but that it be only a one round league with teams only playing each other once which would mean only eight league games.

They are also recommending that a secondary competition be introduced once the inter-county championships starts. This secondary competition effectively would replace the second leg games in the existing system.

Since the forum on fixtures held recently, Kilcar have added a good bit more detail to their proposal including the make up of all four divisions and have forwarded a copy of their recommendation to all 39 clubs.

All of the above, along with a presentation from Charlie Cannon, chairman of the County Competitions Control Committee were discussed at length and for over three hours at the recent fixtures forum.

While there was mixed views on the various proposals it is understood that the general consensus at the end of the forum was that the clubs wanted some form of change.