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All the talking points from a busy weekend of Laois GAA action

All the talking points from a hectic weekend
All the talking points from a hectic weekend

Last weekend saw the conclusion of the last of the adult club leagues.

Trophies were handed out to Camross, Mountmellick, Ballylinan and O’Dempsey’s as finals were played at venues across the county.

There were a number of talking points that we touched on at the games in our match reports at the time but some are worth exploring in more detail.

Two hurling finals not played
The Ballypickas team that travelled to Shanahoe for their Division 3 league hurling final

The adult hurling leagues concluded with two of the six finals not taking place.

The Division 1A decider ended with Colt giving The Harps a walkover following a dispute over the scheduling of the game.

Colt released a statement to LaoisToday where they outlined their reasons for not fulfilling the game.

The game was set to take place last Wednesday night but Colt said that this would have been a fifth game in seven days for some of their players.

They said that they asked The Harps to move the game to a later date but this request was refused.

The Harps responded to say they minor and junior footballers involved in championships at the time Colt were looking to have the game moved so it didn’t suit them.

The Harps were named as winners without pucking a ball which is surely an unsatisfactory outcome for them too as their chairman said that “nobody wants to win a final this way”.

The ACHL Division 3 final also wasn’t played and a decision on it was due to be made at last night’s CCC meeting.

The game was fixed for June 30 in Shanahoe but was put off for a week on Mountmellick’s request.

However, the GAA at national level ordered on Friday that the game be played, prompting Mountmellick to inform Laois GAA that they wouldn’t be playing.

If Ballypickas are awarded the game, Mountmellick are likely to appeal while a refixture will be difficult to pencil in given that the championship has already begun for Mountmellick.

Brian Daly
Laois U-21 captain Brian Daly will now play for St Joseph's after his transfer was granted
Laois U-21 captain Brian Daly will now play for St Joseph’s after his transfer was granted

Laois U-21 captain Brian Daly’s transfer saga finally came to an end last week when he was granted permission to move from Barrowhouse to St Joseph’s.

We’ve covered the whole thing already but the short version is that after initially having the request rejected, Daly appealed to the DRA who instructed his case to be heard again as the wrong rule had been applied.

Daly was successful and he was then cleared to play in Sunday’s ACFL Division 1A final for St Joseph’s against O’Dempsey’s.

He started in midfield and kicked a wonderful free as St Joseph’s led early on.

But the Kellyville men were reduced to 14 men and were always on the back foot.

Daly had a chance to mark his debut in style when St Joseph’s were awarded a penalty but his effort came back off the crossbar and O’Dempsey’s went on to win by four in the end.

So it wasn’t the title winning debut that Daly was looking for but he will certainly be glad to get started and St Joseph’s will be a far stronger outfit with him in their ranks.

3 titles in a week for Camross
The Camross team who were crowned ACFL Division 5 champions in Mountmellick this morning
The Camross team who were crowned ACFL Division 5 champions in Mountmellick 

What a week for Camross. The club claimed three trophies in seven days – two hurling and one football.

Their incredible final winning streak began last Sunday when they defeated Colt to claim the ACHL Division 4 title.

And they continued that on Friday when they trounced Clough-Ballacolla to win the ACHL Division 1 trophy and lay down a marker ahead of the upcoming championship.

Then on Sunday in Mountmellick, it was the turn of their footballers as they faced Rosenallis in the ACFL Division 5 final.

After the football final, captain Andrew Collier thanked manager Martin Deegan and explained how although some people in Camross don’t like for football to be played, his side enjoyed it and were looking forward to the Junior A championship.

If the likes of Laois stars Dwane Palmer and Ciarán Collier, along with county minor captain Oisin Bennett, give the commitment to football this year, they may well upset a few teams along the way.

ACFL Division 2 promotion fiasco
The Courtwood team who took on Mountmellick in the ACFL Division 2 final
The Courtwood team who took on Mountmellick in the ACFL Division 2 final

We also had the bizarre situation where a team went into a final knowing that even if they won it, they couldn’t be promoted.

Courtwood were defeated by Mountmellick in the ACFL Division 2 final on Sunday but the outcome would not have changed the fact that they will play in the same division next year.

League organisers ruled before its commencement that the team that finished third would contest a semi-final but could not be promoted even if they went on to win the league.

Rosenallis and Courtwood finished level on points behind them but Rosenallis were ruled to have come in second place because of their superior head-to-head record with Courtwood.

So the dual club were promoted before they played Courtwood in the semi final last weekend, which Courtwood won.

It was certainly a strange situation and one which you would imagine will be changed for next year.

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