Race for Dr Maguire Cup gets underway

 First round of club championship 

Race for Dr Maguire Cup gets underway

The club championship throws in next weekend and like the rest of the county I’m really looking forward to it.

Though I have to confess we (Bundoran) are not overly looking forward to our trip to Dungloe to play Dungloe. Rosses Park is never an easy ground to come away from with a win.

But that apart it is good the championship season is getting underway even if we will not play the second round of games until the middle  of August at the earliest.

The CCC have done a great job so far and we have seven rounds of games played in Division One which is very good. Hopefully, after next weekend that we continue to get games during the summer and that we don’t have, as has been too often the case in recent seasons, lengthy periods without games.

Looking ahead to next weekend’s championship, I’ll start with the group Bundoran are in. Dungloe, Glenswilly and Ardara are the other teams and on the face of it this is a pretty even group.

Glenswilly are not going well and are struggling in the league, but I still fancy them to turn things around. They still are the team to beat and I will be very surprised if the don’t emerge from the group and make the quarter final. The second place is very open and really is any one of the other three.

The most interesting group is made up of Kilcar, St Eunan’s, St Michael’s and Killybegs. Killybegs are the outsiders in this group and it is going to be a dogfight to decide two from the other three.

I fancy Kilcar. I think they will have a big say  in this year’s championship and at a push I fancy St Eunan’s to join them but St Michael’s will give them a run for their money.

On early season form  MacCumhaills and Malin look like the top two in Group C which also contains Glenfin and Naomh Muire.

And Naomh Conaill and Gaoth Dobhair  should have too much for Four Masters and Termon, in Group D.

Naomh Conaill are the champions and Gaoth Dobhair are one of the form teams in the county and they seem to  have finally got their act together.

Brian McEniff was in conversation with Tom Comack.