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Replying To beidhmeanseo:  "I think it would be great to see the Senior, Intermediate and Junior regraded to 12 Senior, 12 Intermediate and remainder for Junior.

I think our Championships would be a lot more competitive with this change and also a lot more competitive in the Provisional and National Championships."
Too many snobby clubs consider themselves "senior" for that to happen, depsite them not having a hope of winning a senior championship in the near to medium future.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 9202 - 08/03/2024 11:35:18    2530296

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Replying To The_Second_Coming:  "I'd disagree, it's Conwal & Lecks championship to lose......."
You may well be right but I'd b very interested to hear your rationale on how you come to that conclusion?

eunans4ever (Donegal) - Posts: 1596 - 08/03/2024 14:17:27    2530319

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Too many snobby clubs consider themselves "senior" for that to happen, depsite them not having a hope of winning a senior championship in the near to medium future."
What clubs do you consider as been snobby lock ?

eunans4ever (Donegal) - Posts: 1596 - 08/03/2024 14:18:09    2530320

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Too many snobby clubs consider themselves "senior" for that to happen, depsite them not having a hope of winning a senior championship in the near to medium future."
I fully agree, but in truth 16 clubs from 39 Football Clubs, mental stuff 40% of our clubs are Senior.

beidhmeanseo (Donegal) - Posts: 137 - 08/03/2024 14:35:09    2530322

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Replying To eunans4ever:  "What clubs do you consider as been snobby lock ?"
After the play off fixture debacle last year you can certainly put Killybegs down as one.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 825 - 08/03/2024 14:51:52    2530327

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Replying To eunans4ever:  "What clubs do you consider as been snobby lock ?"
Ha I will not be drawn into an online feud! Life is too short.
But you can probably have an educated guess as to which clubs I am referring to.

While I doubt it would happen, I think it would be worth pursuing as it would increase the quality & competitiveness of our championships. But getting the required buy-in would be the problem.

Lockjaw (Donegal) - Posts: 9202 - 08/03/2024 15:04:51    2530331

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Replying To eunans4ever:  "You may well be right but I'd b very interested to hear your rationale on how you come to that conclusion?"
It's nice to have one over on you. A gaa expert who gets caught out with his own club. Me thinks you're not really a gaa man. The club is where it all begins and if you don't know about your own club what hope have you of debating about some other club. lol.

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 2430 - 08/03/2024 15:38:01    2530338

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "After the play off fixture debacle last year you can certainly put Killybegs down as one."
Maybe but they always produce great players for the county.

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 2430 - 08/03/2024 15:39:58    2530339

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Replying To rorysboys:  "Maybe but they always produce great players for the county."
As have some intermediate and junior clubs. Doesnt give them a automatic right to senior status. Killybegs have been flirting with the trapdoor a lot in recent seasons so they are far from the power they once one or still convince themselves to be.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 825 - 08/03/2024 16:42:53    2530348

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Replying To eunans4ever:  "Don't remember anyone saying we wer relying on 1 forward.?

We have a strong duo in their at the minute and we will also raise the intensity come championship.

I know ye have issues in glenties/fintown with the kilcar brigade post the county final appeal against cheating but I wouldn't be writing Paddy Mc Brearty off just yet."
Your entitled to your opinion but your rarely right this past while.

If you read all of my posts you would have seen I've had nothing but praise for Patrick in the League matches to date and Ryan has improved with every match. Ryan seems to be enjoying his football again which is great to see.

Scenicparish (Donegal) - Posts: 304 - 08/03/2024 16:45:44    2530349

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Would need to be really convinced of the benefits before jumping on board with adopting a 12+12+15 structure. 40% of our clubs are senior, but this number is totally arbitrary. A fair championship could be 24 teams if there were 24 parishes of similar size and 15 smaller ones.

Only 5 teams have played a senior final in the last decade. Why would 12 be any better than 16?The intermediate championship has become quite competitive in the last few years, though understandably the gulf between intermediate champions and top 4 senior teams probably is widening each year.

If we were to move towards a 12 team championship, we should whole-heartedly explore the possibility of establishing divisional sides for championship and not just give the idea lip-service. Again, would need to weigh up all pros and cons, but if we're already considering drastically changing the landscape of SFC and IFC, then this is the time to do it.

SurelyToGod (Donegal) - Posts: 405 - 08/03/2024 18:19:07    2530361

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Replying To SurelyToGod:  "Would need to be really convinced of the benefits before jumping on board with adopting a 12+12+15 structure. 40% of our clubs are senior, but this number is totally arbitrary. A fair championship could be 24 teams if there were 24 parishes of similar size and 15 smaller ones.

Only 5 teams have played a senior final in the last decade. Why would 12 be any better than 16?The intermediate championship has become quite competitive in the last few years, though understandably the gulf between intermediate champions and top 4 senior teams probably is widening each year.

If we were to move towards a 12 team championship, we should whole-heartedly explore the possibility of establishing divisional sides for championship and not just give the idea lip-service. Again, would need to weigh up all pros and cons, but if we're already considering drastically changing the landscape of SFC and IFC, then this is the time to do it."
Would we not be better looking at what Tyrone do.
Div 1 senior
Div 2 intermediate
Div 3 junior

The Tyrone championship is the most competitive in Ulster.

Whateveryourhavingyourself (Donegal) - Posts: 37 - 09/03/2024 00:09:26    2530392

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "Convoy have lost three of their most promising players to London this year so may struggle without them in the league. Could be back for championship though.

I see Robert Emmetts had a proposal to create another division this year that was widely rejected. I wonder will they be entering the Senior C as well since their Junior B bid failed last year having self relegated themselves."
Wee bitterness on your part I think. Why would the strongest junior club be even thinking on a team ranked bottom of the pile.

Just be happy your club will win the junior A this year and don't be worrying about others.

Whateveryourhavingyourself (Donegal) - Posts: 37 - 09/03/2024 00:15:17    2530393

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Replying To Whateveryourhavingyourself:  "Wee bitterness on your part I think. Why would the strongest junior club be even thinking on a team ranked bottom of the pile.

Just be happy your club will win the junior A this year and don't be worrying about others."
Because I want a strong club scene in Donegal. Not for clubs to be taking the easy way out for a handy trophy and not self relegated themselves. It's embarrassing and needs to be called out.

Not so long ago Na Rossa wernt far off the bottom of the pile and look at them now? I don't recall them looking to drop down to a reserve competition? They moved up the ranks through hard work.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 825 - 09/03/2024 07:51:25    2530399

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Replying To Whateveryourhavingyourself:  "Wee bitterness on your part I think. Why would the strongest junior club be even thinking on a team ranked bottom of the pile.

Just be happy your club will win the junior A this year and don't be worrying about others."
They'll probably bottle it like they did last year.

rorysboys (Donegal) - Posts: 2430 - 09/03/2024 09:05:17    2530410

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Replying To Lockjaw:  "Ha I will not be drawn into an online feud! Life is too short.
But you can probably have an educated guess as to which clubs I am referring to.

While I doubt it would happen, I think it would be worth pursuing as it would increase the quality & competitiveness of our championships. But getting the required buy-in would be the problem."
No need for feuds we are all adults here except for 1 or 2 bluffers(1 in particular) - I'm genuinely interested what clubs you consider snobby as a good poster. ?

eunans4ever (Donegal) - Posts: 1596 - 09/03/2024 09:23:14    2530411

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Replying To Scenicparish:  "Your entitled to your opinion but your rarely right this past while.

If you read all of my posts you would have seen I've had nothing but praise for Patrick in the League matches to date and Ryan has improved with every match. Ryan seems to be enjoying his football again which is great to see."
What is it in your opinion I've been wrong on ?

eunans4ever (Donegal) - Posts: 1596 - 09/03/2024 09:24:02    2530412

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Replying To SurelyToGod:  "Would need to be really convinced of the benefits before jumping on board with adopting a 12+12+15 structure. 40% of our clubs are senior, but this number is totally arbitrary. A fair championship could be 24 teams if there were 24 parishes of similar size and 15 smaller ones.

Only 5 teams have played a senior final in the last decade. Why would 12 be any better than 16?The intermediate championship has become quite competitive in the last few years, though understandably the gulf between intermediate champions and top 4 senior teams probably is widening each year.

If we were to move towards a 12 team championship, we should whole-heartedly explore the possibility of establishing divisional sides for championship and not just give the idea lip-service. Again, would need to weigh up all pros and cons, but if we're already considering drastically changing the landscape of SFC and IFC, then this is the time to do it."
Why would parish size matter ??

Glenswilly won 3 senior championships in a short space of time with prob the smallest parish in the county.

Kilcoo won an all Ireland and look at Slaughtneill did in their pomp - both with tiny parish.

Every team has same amount of players in the field - some just work harder than others.

eunans4ever (Donegal) - Posts: 1596 - 09/03/2024 09:26:22    2530413

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Replying To peiledoir20:  "Because I want a strong club scene in Donegal. Not for clubs to be taking the easy way out for a handy trophy and not self relegated themselves. It's embarrassing and needs to be called out.

Not so long ago Na Rossa wernt far off the bottom of the pile and look at them now? I don't recall them looking to drop down to a reserve competition? They moved up the ranks through hard work."
Are you really interested in a strong club scene in Donegal.
Because if you are genuine about that, you should be calling out your club Convoy/Raphoe/Drumkeen for playing an ineligible player in last year's Junior A Championship, or you should be having a collection to pay the fine your club got for doing this.
Have a look at your own doorstep before you look at the weaker clubs like my club or Robert Emmetts or Lifford.
Don't worry about the Convoy/Raphoe/Drumkeen boys who have gone away you'll poach players from your neighbouring clubs like you always do to replace them for the league like the two Newton boys, a Robert Emmetts boy and I hear your looking after a lad living in Lifford now.

Whateveryourhavingyourself (Donegal) - Posts: 37 - 09/03/2024 10:08:35    2530418

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Replying To rorysboys:  "They'll probably bottle it like they did last year."
If you're predictions are anything to go by lately that means they win it at a canter.

peiledoir20 (Donegal) - Posts: 825 - 09/03/2024 10:47:06    2530422

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