April and May are the busy months of GAA in Donegal

April and May are the busy months of GAA in Donegal

April was the busiest month on the club adult football calendar in Donegal last year, just ahead of May, while July saw the lowest level of club games played.

The stats are revealed in data collected from the Donegal GAA website by the Democrat on all adult games played in the county in 2015.

The statistics cover all five adult leagues, reserve leagues, senior and senior reserve, intermediate and intermediate reserve, junior A and junior B championships.

The U-21A and U-21B championships and senior and junior championship in the Comorlás Peile Na Gaeltachta are also included in the figures.

In April, 140 games were played, one game more than the following month May in which 139 games were contested.

These two months were by far the busiest months. The next nearest was August with 117 games, while June, with 112 games played, was the next highest and the only other month to break the 100 games barrier.

A full round of games in all five divisions, including reserve leagues, came to 41 games in 2015. And a full round of games in the early stages of all the championships took 40 games in 2015.

December, with six games played, had the lowest level of activity followed by February with nine games played.

These months are at both ends of the season. December was very much the end of the season and of the six games played, five were in the 2015 U21 championship (four in the U-21B including the final and the second U-21A semi-final).

The 2015 All-County Football Leagues started on the second last weekend in March which is the usual start time for the leagues in recent seasons.

February games are confined to the Comortás Peile Na Gaeltachta competitions. Nine games were played in that competition last February, the bulk of them in the junior championship. There were 26 games played in November.

It will come as no surprise to players, coaches and officials and all those that follow the club game, that only 70 games were played in July.

And there was nothing unusual about the July 2015 figure; if anything it was possibly slightly up on recent seasons.

With 81 teams across all divisions both first and reserve teams, if you do the maths, 70 games equates to less than two games a team for the month.

The low number of games in July, at the height of the summer, when the sun is high in the sky and the days are long, is the bane of all players, team managers and coaches.

It is an annual problem and is down to the county senior and minor teams’ involvement in the championship. It is a problem that fixture-makers and administrators have struggled for years to come up with a solution for.