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Replying To totalrecall:  "Too long of a break between league and championship, only football for teams involved in playoffs, many clubs won't have played in 6 weeks at the height of summer by the time championship comes round"
You can look at it two ways. OK you're right in saying the gap was too big, I'd agree there. There will be important championship games being played late in the autumn in horrible conditions no doubt and we'll all be asking what we were at!

But on the other side of it, players got a chance to have their holiday, go to the US, attend weddings, head to a concert/festival etc. Wives and girlfriends are happy. I'm sure most teams have most of their players back by now and are training and focusing on their upcoming Championship fixtures.

Maybe next year they'll look to narrow the gap between league and championship? Or even better, maybe there is some way they can link league performance to championship seedings/draw?

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8165 - 04/08/2022 08:40:00    2436123

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Mc Guinness not interested any update keeper. You must be shattered.

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1812 - 04/08/2022 20:40:51    2436260

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "You can look at it two ways. OK you're right in saying the gap was too big, I'd agree there. There will be important championship games being played late in the autumn in horrible conditions no doubt and we'll all be asking what we were at!

But on the other side of it, players got a chance to have their holiday, go to the US, attend weddings, head to a concert/festival etc. Wives and girlfriends are happy. I'm sure most teams have most of their players back by now and are training and focusing on their upcoming Championship fixtures.

Maybe next year they'll look to narrow the gap between league and championship? Or even better, maybe there is some way they can link league performance to championship seedings/draw?"
Some fair points there. Maybe a few other points. I think there might be exaggerating of the donegal summer going on a bit here. The division 1 league final was played in height of the summer in the pouring rain. September is on average a drier month than August also!

The ulster club fixtures also come into play and they don't seem to have been brought in.
I think the county board also gave plenty opportunity for club feedback and think the break was something clubs wanted. I did hear eamon mcgee question the commitment of some clubs to the league though and you have to careful not to disrespect it. Some clubs not fulfilling first team fixtures near the end was poor form. Also look at the value downings and malin got this year in division 2. Johnny mcgroddys goal to win the division two league final was epic. I hope both teams can do as well in the intermediate championship.
Also linking league to championship could incentiveise teams to push against playing matches without county players and not sure that's a good thing. I also think the donegal championship senior format could become more common down the line in other counties.

Ulsterchamps_32 (Donegal) - Posts: 668 - 04/08/2022 21:27:55    2436268

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Replying To Ulsterchamps_32:  "Some fair points there. Maybe a few other points. I think there might be exaggerating of the donegal summer going on a bit here. The division 1 league final was played in height of the summer in the pouring rain. September is on average a drier month than August also!

The ulster club fixtures also come into play and they don't seem to have been brought in.
I think the county board also gave plenty opportunity for club feedback and think the break was something clubs wanted. I did hear eamon mcgee question the commitment of some clubs to the league though and you have to careful not to disrespect it. Some clubs not fulfilling first team fixtures near the end was poor form. Also look at the value downings and malin got this year in division 2. Johnny mcgroddys goal to win the division two league final was epic. I hope both teams can do as well in the intermediate championship.
Also linking league to championship could incentiveise teams to push against playing matches without county players and not sure that's a good thing. I also think the donegal championship senior format could become more common down the line in other counties."
Yeah in fairness to the CB, it's such a tough balancing act to get it right and keep everyone happy.

Just reading the Intermediate Championship preview there and it promises to be a great championship. It's so competitive and difficult to call a winner. Dare I say it, it's a more interesting championship than the senior.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8165 - 05/08/2022 11:12:43    2436293

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Replying To rorysboys:  "Mc Guinness not interested any update keeper. You must be shattered."
No harm to you son but would you ever give over and grow up a bit at this stage? It's completely cringy.

tidytownman (Donegal) - Posts: 257 - 05/08/2022 11:59:17    2436304

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Yeah in fairness to the CB, it's such a tough balancing act to get it right and keep everyone happy.

Just reading the Intermediate Championship preview there and it promises to be a great championship. It's so competitive and difficult to call a winner. Dare I say it, it's a more interesting championship than the senior."
Incredibly hard to call as you said, very little between about 5 or 6 teams who have a realistic chance of winning it. Luck with or lack of injuries may be the deciding factor. Glen would be my favourites but if they were to lose Aaron Doherty at any stage it would weaken their hand. The same could be said for Downings and McGroddy, Buncrana and McGonigle etc.

My ranking of the contenders would be: 1. Glen 2. Termon 3. Malin 4. Downings 5. Dungloe 6. Fanad 7. Buncrana 8. Burt

Red Hughs to fall through the trap door.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 373 - 05/08/2022 11:59:28    2436305

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "Incredibly hard to call as you said, very little between about 5 or 6 teams who have a realistic chance of winning it. Luck with or lack of injuries may be the deciding factor. Glen would be my favourites but if they were to lose Aaron Doherty at any stage it would weaken their hand. The same could be said for Downings and McGroddy, Buncrana and McGonigle etc.

My ranking of the contenders would be: 1. Glen 2. Termon 3. Malin 4. Downings 5. Dungloe 6. Fanad 7. Buncrana 8. Burt

Red Hughs to fall through the trap door."
Hmm I'm not sure about Termon. If they had everyone available then yes certainly. But they've a lot of injuries and lads have been away in the States. Their league campaign was terrible. Can be very hard to just turn it around like a tap. Time will tell I suppose if they can.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8165 - 05/08/2022 12:21:36    2436311

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Replying To tidytownman:  "No harm to you son but would you ever give over and grow up a bit at this stage? It's completely cringy."
What's Wrong lad. Are you a spokesman for the keeper.

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1812 - 05/08/2022 15:52:14    2436351

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Hmm I'm not sure about Termon. If they had everyone available then yes certainly. But they've a lot of injuries and lads have been away in the States. Their league campaign was terrible. Can be very hard to just turn it around like a tap. Time will tell I suppose if they can."
Termon miles ahead of everyone else in my eyes.

TheRock2121 (Donegal) - Posts: 875 - 05/08/2022 18:12:07    2436365

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Hmm I'm not sure about Termon. If they had everyone available then yes certainly. But they've a lot of injuries and lads have been away in the States. Their league campaign was terrible. Can be very hard to just turn it around like a tap. Time will tell I suppose if they can."
Termon miles ahead of everyone else in my eyes. Very unlucky to go down losing each game narrowly. Doesn't mean they are guaranteed promotion all the same. With Mc Daid and Mc Cormac back and a good defensive set up, I fancy them.

TheRock2121 (Donegal) - Posts: 875 - 05/08/2022 18:14:20    2436367

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Just back from a few days in the hills. It seems Jim is walking the dog plenty around the roads about Cresslough anyways. There still are rumours in the air he might be coming back but could be fanciful and bar stool talk. Saying that one person who did mention in conversation wouldn't be on high stools these days and would certainly have his ear to the ground up there without being much of a GAA man (the organisation rather than the game). The names of Karl Lacey and Rory Kavanagh were also mentioned. Hard to see Kavanagh taking at this stage. While Lacey probably is the most likely contender at this stage. However you'd have doubts on a few fronts given his lack of experience managing at any senior level, his connections to Convoy and the football that its produced over the last 18 months been the same at all levels and of course the Michael Murphy connection. I think we would all agree that whoever comes in needs to have strong leadership qualities and not be undermined by players doing what they like on the pitch. Given the statement by the board over their 3 man panel stating that whoever the panel consists of doesn't have a vested interest might point in Lacey's direction. Regarding the club championship it would appear to be a 3 way fight at senior between Kilcar, NC and Eunans. I am not discounting Gweedore given their player pool but again based on hearsay there are rumours of focus and commitment issues off the pitch.

panamasam (Australia) - Posts: 2739 - 06/08/2022 10:48:38    2436394

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Replying To rorysboys:  "What's Wrong lad. Are you a spokesman for the keeper."
No son. Not a spokesperson for anyone, but the way he's tied you up and called you out this past few months, I don't think the keeper needs any help from me.

tidytownman (Donegal) - Posts: 257 - 06/08/2022 11:25:57    2436405

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Replying To TheRock2121:  "Termon miles ahead of everyone else in my eyes. Very unlucky to go down losing each game narrowly. Doesn't mean they are guaranteed promotion all the same. With Mc Daid and Mc Cormac back and a good defensive set up, I fancy them."
They weren't miles ahead of Fanad yesterday. Far too defensive to win anything, not allowing their good players to express themselves.

greenfan (Donegal) - Posts: 165 - 07/08/2022 09:22:27    2436502

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Some interesting results over the weekend. Dungloe look to be in good nick and there were expected wins for Buncrana and Naomh Columba. Naomh Mhuire had an excellent result at home to Malin. They are a great Championship team and a very tough nut to crack at the Banks.

In the junior the eye catching result was Urris hammering Muff away. Not many would have seen that coming. Letterkenny Gaels look to be motoring well. I think they're the team the beat.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8165 - 08/08/2022 11:02:52    2436618

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Some interesting results over the weekend. Dungloe look to be in good nick and there were expected wins for Buncrana and Naomh Columba. Naomh Mhuire had an excellent result at home to Malin. They are a great Championship team and a very tough nut to crack at the Banks.

In the junior the eye catching result was Urris hammering Muff away. Not many would have seen that coming. Letterkenny Gaels look to be motoring well. I think they're the team the beat."
Glen failed to set the world alight against a pretty average Naomh Brid. They will be glad of the two points but need to up the performance levels. Naomh Mhuire was the big surprise, I wonder were Malin still rattled by the ending to the league final? Very low scoring game.

LK Gaels are no doubt favourites but they were never going to be tested in Newtown, who are in dire straits - manager less and the discipline issue which got national news coverage a few weeks past. Gaels should get a better test at home to Carn this weekend and away to Na Rossa the following week. Controversy up there with a disputed last minute point. I'll never get how a referee can't gather up at least two neutral umpires for a championship game.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 373 - 08/08/2022 11:23:27    2436622

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "Glen failed to set the world alight against a pretty average Naomh Brid. They will be glad of the two points but need to up the performance levels. Naomh Mhuire was the big surprise, I wonder were Malin still rattled by the ending to the league final? Very low scoring game.

LK Gaels are no doubt favourites but they were never going to be tested in Newtown, who are in dire straits - manager less and the discipline issue which got national news coverage a few weeks past. Gaels should get a better test at home to Carn this weekend and away to Na Rossa the following week. Controversy up there with a disputed last minute point. I'll never get how a referee can't gather up at least two neutral umpires for a championship game."
Yeah I'd imagine Carndonagh and Na Rossa will fancy their chances too. Moville could be worth keeping an eye on too. Good players with the likes of Diver, Faulkner, McDermott, McClenaghan and McMonagle.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 8165 - 08/08/2022 12:04:36    2436631

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Replying To Donegal_abroad:  "Looks like Jim McGuinness has ruled himself out of the Donegal job if reports are true. Disappointing but that's life. Hoping we are ambitious and try very hard for Malachy O'Rourke now. I think he has the credibility to get players on board and experience of the highest level in management, both of which would be vital in my view to moving this particular group forward. It would be an exciting appointment and get the pulses going I believe."
I like Malachy O'Rourke, the only question is whether he can bring us to that next level.

He won a couple of Ulster titles with Monaghan and Division 2 title with Monaghan, but Declan Bonner did the same.
So I guess the question is whether he can take us to that next level, he would certainly have a much larger pool of talent at his disposal.

Commodore (Donegal) - Posts: 872 - 08/08/2022 15:31:07    2436682

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Replying To greenfan:  "They weren't miles ahead of Fanad yesterday. Far too defensive to win anything, not allowing their good players to express themselves."
Yeah we'll see. 1 or 2 to come back from America but a disappointing result for Termon over the weekend.

TheRock2121 (Donegal) - Posts: 875 - 08/08/2022 16:41:25    2436695

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Replying To Commodore:  "I like Malachy O'Rourke, the only question is whether he can bring us to that next level.

He won a couple of Ulster titles with Monaghan and Division 2 title with Monaghan, but Declan Bonner did the same.
So I guess the question is whether he can take us to that next level, he would certainly have a much larger pool of talent at his disposal."
I must be under suspension can't seem to get any posts through.

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 1812 - 08/08/2022 16:53:53    2436700

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Replying To rorysboys:  "I must be under suspension can't seem to get any posts through."

big word going that McGuinness is going for the job, it would give the county some lift if he comes back in again.
It's August though, silly season as they say in political circles so it could be all pub talk as the man said.

Tirchonaill1 (Donegal) - Posts: 2196 - 08/08/2022 19:48:14    2436717

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