The Sporting Diary

With Sports Editor Peter Campbell

The Sporting Diary

Silly Season is back

What is it about the championship and clubs trying to play silly games. The first round of the senior and intermediate championship got underway at the weekend and there was again an instance of at least one club giving an incorrect lineout to the press.

At intercounty level there has been a crackdown with fines handed out if the official and correct team is not provided 20 minutes before throw-in. Why not an hour before throw-in?

At club level there has been reasonable co-operation but there are always a few who just won’t comply. If it is being done to gain an advantage, one wonders what is the advantage. In the modern era there are few surprises that can be sprung because every team is aware of what is happening in other clubs.

But then the championship is different? Prior to last weekend clubs were issued with strict matchday regulations for club games in Donegal. It is just a pity that the supply of team lists for press and their accuracy wasn’t included in the list.

After the weekend games St. Michael’s have the ball at their feet in the Group of Death - Group B - having secured the win over Killybegs while St. Eunan’s and Kilcar drew. St. Michael’s need to win one of their remaining two games (away to Kilcar and home to St. Eunan’s) to be assured of a quarter-final place. It's squeaky bum time for the other two, who now have to win both of their games to qualify.

Letterbarrow to celebrate

The Abbey Hotel will be the place to be on Friday, 3rd June, as Letterbarrow Celtic mark a significant milestone - their 40th anniversary. From humble beginnings on August 1st, 1976, the club has grown to play its part in the league.

After going through some old files as part of research for an article elsewhere in this section (Page 60) I came across the make-up of the old Division 3 of the Donegal League that Letterbarrow entered. Of the 14 teams listed, only six of the those clubs are still fielding teams in this league, which shows that while not getting much success, the desire and commitment involved in fielding teams each year was strong in Letterbarrow.

The other teams involved in Division 3 in 1976 in the Donegal League were: Castle FC (who were Letterbarrow’s first opponents), Abbey Vale, Ballybofey, Castlefin, Cooladerry, Cranford, Dunfanaghy, Dunkineely, Glenree, Gweedore Guilds, Killea, Lennon United and St. Columba’s.

So if you’re free on Friday, 3rd June, you should get along to the Abbey Hotel and celebrate with the Drimarone crew.

The Letterbarrow Fantasy result, run in conjunction with the 40th anniversary, came to a conclusion on Tuesday night with Enda Gillespie coming with a late, late run to take the first prize ahead of Shane Drummond, Martin Kenny and Kieran Sharkey. Damian Conlon, who led until the final two weeks, obviously hadn't the pre-season training done and dropped to fifth place. Bottom place was taken up by one of the longest serving players at the club, Philip McGroary.