This weekend will be one of the busiest weekends in the Donegal GAA calender as club sides across the county begin their championship campaigns following the All Ireland exploits of the county team.
Inishowen will have six clubs in football championship action while Burt will take on Mac Cumhaills in the hurling final on Saturday afternoon in O Donnell Park, Letterkenny.
In the junior championship both Moville and Urris will take part in a double header against Naomh Ultan and Convoy respectively with both Inishowen teams looking to set up a local derby in the junior final.
The intermediate championship sees Carn face a tough opening game at home to Naomh Columba and they will feel they have to win if they are to give themselves a realistic chance of progressing. In the same group Buncrana will travel to Milford and they too will be hoping for a win that would send them well on their way to the last eight of the competition. Newtown face a daunting trip to former winners St.Naul’s and Francie Martin will be deligthed to get anything from this game to set his side up for the remainder of the group.
Top Inishowen side Malin face a mouthwatering clash at home to St.Eunan’s on Sunday in the senior championship with the Letterkenny men sure to be out for revenge following defeat to the Inishowen side in last year’s quarter final. Manager Terence Colhoun will be hoping to get off to a good start as this is their only home game in the group.
Meanwhile, it looks as though a mooted referee strike has been avoided although they are due to meet with the county chairman next week to discuss a number of issues they are currently not too happy about.
It has also emerged this week that the Ulster Council have given a one week’s grace period to the eventual winners of the Donegal championship who will now play in the Ulster championship on the 9th of Novemeber as opposed to the original date of the 2nd of November.