Laois will have home advantage for their All Ireland SHC Preliminary Round Qualifier against Carlow.
The game will take place in O’Moore Park on Sunday week, June 25, at 3.30pm after Laois won a coin toss to decide where the game would be staged.
Carlow won the Christy Ring Cup in Croke Park on Saturday when they got the better of Antrim. For the first time the Christy Ring winners will play in the All Ireland Qualifier series and it was pre-determined that they would meet one of the Leinster round robin sides.
It was initially suggested that the game be played at a neutral venue but Laois and Carlow agreed to a coin toss for home advantage.
The winners of the Laois-Carlow game will go into the draw for Round 1 of the Qualifiers along with the seven other remaining counties who failed to make their provincial final. Laois-Carlow will be deemed a ‘Munster’ team for the purpose of the draw and will be paired with a Leinster side. However, they can’t play Westmeath again. Therefore their opponents, should they win, will be Kilkenny, Dublin or the losers of Galway-Offaly.
The Munster teams in the draw will be Tipperary, Limerick and the losers of Cork-Waterford so we could have the prospect of an early-season knockout game between Tipperary and Kilkenny in what would be a repeat of last year’s All Ireland final.
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