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Opening shot – A nightmare for Donegal fixture makers

John Hughes highlights th nightmare that is underag fixture making in Donegal

John Hughes highlights th nightmare that is underag fixture making in Donegal

If you thought that your county’s underage fixtures were a mess then think again.

In his Opening shot column in the current issue of Gaelic Life, John Hughes points out the trials and tribulations of the situation facing fixture makers in Donegal.


Initially he points out the successful system in Fermangh, but then compares it to the logistical nightmare of the county in which he lives.

“Geographically huge and home to more than 40 clubs, with hurling slightly more of a factor (than Fermanagh) and soccer much more of an issue, things become a lot more complilcated.

“Organising youth competitions is a total and utter nightmare. Currently in the south of the county we are looking at a spell where u-14, u-16 and minor games will be played in the same week, that is with no cognisance being given to hurling.

“Naturally this puts massive pressure on pitches and referees, and creates issues of player availablity. It is impossible to prepare for games. It is impossible to prepare properly for games and as a consequence the prestige of the competitions plummet.

“Strategic sections of the seasion are tacitly chalked off because of soccer. County development squads seem to be going in ceaseless rotation.”

Read the full column in the current issue of Gaelic Life. Click here to buy the online edition.

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