Club championship fixtures will go ahead

Tom Comack

Reporter:

Tom Comack

Donegal GAA officials were insisting last night that the club championships were going ahead next weekend as planned.

Donegal GAA officials were insisting last night that the club championships were going ahead next weekend as planned.

Both the chairman of the Competitions Controls Committee Charlie Cannon and secretary Ed Byrne were adamant that the eight senior championship and the three intermediate championship games were going ahead.

The CCC officials insisted the games would take place despite calls from manager Jim McGuinness on Highland Radio on Monday morning for the games to be postponed. They also insisted that they had received no formal request from the team management to postpone the games.

Jim McGuinness made the call following Sunday’s 2-6 to 0-9 Ulster semi-final victory over Tyrone which booked Donegal’s place in the Ulster final and a July 17th meeting with Derry.

With the Ulster final just two weeks from next Sunday, the management are concerned about the impact playing a full programme of championship games next weekend will have on their preparations.

“It is a long time since we were in an Ulster final and we feel this would be a good opportunity to win it,” said McGuinness.

“If the (club) championship does go ahead this weekend it basically writes off this week for us when it comes to preparing for the final and only leaves next week for some serious work before we wind down the following week in the lead up to the game.

“A number of games are on a knife edge such as the meeting of Glenswilly and Naomh Conaill with six to seven players involved. This is a winner-takes-all game because it was a draw the last day.

“There are other big games too. A lot of players came back from the first leg games with fairly serious to medium injuries and we don’t want that situation arising again ahead of such a big game as an Ulster final.

“Anybody that has Donegal at heart wants to see us return to Donegal Town in three weeks time with the Cup. That is our primary focus and we hope that path will be cleared for us and that we can get a really good workout this week and next and then taper down the week before the game.”

However, the CCC officials are insisting that their hands are tied and that the fixture championship programme has been set in stone and approved by both the Ulster Council and the Central Council of the GAA.

“We put the schedule in place last February and it has been forwarded to the Ulster Council and the Central Council and the programme is now governed by these two bodies. We met a number of the clubs and the team management the week before last and we informed them that the championship was going ahead as scheduled with the play-offs, if there are any, on July 24th,” said Charlie Cannon.

“Our hands are really tied on the matter and if we do not get the first round completed by the end of the month we are in trouble. We simply don’t have enough weekends left to play the championship if we are to meet our schedules and have teams ready for the Ulster championship.

Meanwhile, team spokesman Maxi Curran, who along with goalkeeping coach Pat Shovlin, met the CCC on Thursday night week last, said they informed the CCC that they did not want the championship going ahead regardless of the outcome of Sunday’s semi-final.

But he did insist they were willing to release the players back to the clubs for two rounds of league games, on tomorrow night (Wednesday) and the other on Saturday night.

GAA Championship fixtures

Thursday, 30th June

Busanna Feda ó Dónaill Intermediate Championship Preliminary Round 8.00pm

Naomh Bríd V NNaille M McShane

Linesmen J White & G O Donnell

Busanna Feda ó Dónaill Intermediate Championship reserve 6.30pm

Naomh Bríd V NNaille G O Donnell

Saturday, 2nd July, 6.00 and 7.30

RTÉ Radió na Gaeltachta Senior Championship Senior & Reserve Championship

Naomh Micheál V Sean MacCumhaills T.B.C.

RTÉ Radió na Gaeltachta Senior Championship

Na Ceithre Máistirí V Bun Dobhráin Ciaran McShea

Linesmen A Mullin & E McBrearty

Gl Fhinne V Málainn Liam Brown

Linesman Rory McGonagle & Paddy McGowan

Cill Chartha V Na Cealla Beaga Ref Robbie O Donnell

Linesmen S Toolin & James Keenan

Naomh Adhamhnáin V An Clochán Laith Jimmy White

Linesmen Connie Doherty & Paul Clifford

RTÉ Radió na Gaeltachta Senior Reserve Championship

Na Ceithre Máistirí V Bun Dobhráin Ref Andrew Mullin

Gleann Fhinne V Málainn Paddy McGowan

Cill Chartha V Na Cealla Beaga S Toolin

Naomh Adhamhnáin V An Clochán Laith Ref Connie Doherty

Busanna Feda ó Dónaill Intermediate Championship Preliminary Round

Carndomhnaigh v Naomh Colmcille Mickey Mulhern

Linesman Paddy McKeever & Joe O Donnell

Gaeil Fhánada V Aodh Rua (Béal Átha Seanaidh) Paddy McGonagle

Linesmen James Trearty & Don Langon

Busanna Feda ó Dónaill Intermediate Reserve Championship

Carndomhnaigh v Naomh Colmcille Paddy McKeever

Gaeil Fhánada V Aodh Rua ( Béal Átha Seanaidh) Don Langon

Sunday 3rd July

RTÉ Radió na Gaeltachta Senior Championship @ 5.30 p.m

An Tearmann V Gaoth Dobhair Ian Molloy

Linesmen Kevin Doherty & Seamus Bradley

RTÉ Radió na Gaeltachta Senior Reserve Championship @ 4.00 p.m

An Tearmann V Gaoth Dobhair Kevin Doherty

RTÉ Radió na Gaeltachta Senior Championship 7.30 p.m

Cloich Cheann Fhola V Ard an Ratha Paddy McBride

Linesmen Martin Coll & Alan Boyd

RTÉ Radió na Gaeltachta Senior Reserve Championship @ 6.00 p.m

Cloich Cheann Fhola V Ard an Ratha Martin Coll

RTÉ Radió na Gaeltachta Senior Championship @ 3.30 pm

Naomh Conaill V Glean Súilí Seamus McMonagle

Linesmen Pat Walsh & Tony Gallagher

RTÉ Radió na Gaeltachta Senior reserve Championship 2.00 pm

Naomh Conaill V Glean Súilí Tony Gallagher

Busanna Feda ó Dónaill Junior B Preliminary Round

Sean MacCumhaills V An Termann T.B.C.

Naomh Mícheal V Ard an Ratha T.B.C

Na Rossa V Gaeil Leither Ceanainn 3.00 Kevin McGinley

Na Dúnaibh V Naomh Adhamhnáin 3.00 Benny Trearty