There was fixture chaos across the county Derry last weekend, with over 360 club players left with no action.

With the leagues, in football and hurling, now on hold until mid-July, Derry CCC last weekend rolled out the first round of their programme of league cup games.

The competitions are to be played without county players involved in the Ulster SFC, Ulster U20 FC and the Christy Ring Cup.

It is a round-robin format, with the top team in each section meeting in a final, before the league resumes after the July holiday break.

Of the five hurling games scheduled for Wednesday night, only Ballinascreen’s game with Donegal club Setanta failed to take place with the ‘Screen’s opponents having a Donegal league game scheduled for the same night.

The football was a different story with 12 games conceded over the weekend across division one and two, at both senior and reserve level.  Lavey have withdrawn their senior and reserve teams from both competitions.

For the first-half of the leagues, Sundays were a hive of activity across the county, but last Sunday there were nine games conceded, leaving 270 players out of action – not counting substitutes.

There were only two reserve games that survived, one involving Glen and Ballinascreen, after ‘Screen had conceded the corresponding senior game.

In the Derry Competitions Regulations, rule 3.3c states that failure to field in fixture in an ‘Adult Competition’ will incur a fine of £300.

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