I must say hard luck to our under-21s after watching Tyrone lift the All-Ireland U-21 title. It just goes to show how close we were to winning an All-Ireland. It was just the kick of a ball. It is unfortunate but it will give the team an exta emphasis going into the Tyrone game.
I don’t know if Mickey Harte will bring in many of the Under-21 players to his senior team. It is very close to the game so it is very unlikely I would think.
Looking down the line, really it is only Sunday week, I think it is just a matter of Donegal getting really focused on the game. Just because we had a ten point success against them lasin the league doesn’t mean that we can walk it. Tyrone are a threat with a squad of top footballers, although they are a young enough side, but they will not be easy.
I’m not sure what the situation is with Sean Cavanagh but it will a big focus for people in the build up to the game.
With the tickets being released I’d advise everyone to try and get organised as early as possible as there will be the usual rush for tickets close to the game. You should see about them now and not leave it to the last moment. It’s a home game so there will be high demand with people wanting to get behind the team.
On the domestic front it is great to see the league being so far advanced at this early stage of the season
I would commend e CCC, and I think it’s good that we have up to six rounds of the league played already.
Hopefully it will continue in that vein and that if we get out league finished in time we could always look at holding a Super League. event later in the year.
You could have amalgamations and use the fixtures for the under-21 players or seniors non-county players, and those in each squad, and you could have three or four teams from each area grouped together. There are certain groupings of clubs in each locality that it could work with. You could centralise the games which would attract good crowds as well. It is just that the league is running so well this year the opportunity to do something like a super league might present itself if it turns out we have space for it at the far end of the season.
You could have an Under-20 competition which would be good in preparation for next year.
Another thing I would like to see is more investment in coaches as well. There are some high standard players who are not in gainful employment at the minute and they could use this as an opportunity to get into coaching. It could be a great benefit to their own insights and appraoch to the game, as well as them imparting their game knowledge of playing the game at Inter-county level and on the bigger stages.
In Kilcar and Glen, Colaiste na Carraige have set a standard. Getting some of the top level players involved with the schools. It could help raise the levels and bring it up. It could provide a new supply of players to the various county teams.
Overall, we are doing well in this regard. Our centres of excellence are going well and have produced some good results over the years.
I want to congratulate the Bundoran under 18 side that won the division two league. They overcame a good Milford side so well done to the players, manager and back up staff on their good work.
I want to say hard luck to our hurlers who lost their Nicky Rackard game against Tyrone in O’Donnell Park on Saturday. They’ll now face a backdoor situation.
Brian McEniff was in conversation with Eamonn McFadden.