Ballylinan man Karl Davis is celebrating a first All Ireland title at the National Ploughing Championship following Day 1 of the event in Offaly.
Davis, who has a long association with Laois Ploughing, won the intermediate reversible class today in Screggan outside Tullamore – his first national triumph.
He was the only Laois competitor to take outright honours although David Walsh did come second in the U-21 conventional class.
There was no luck for any of the other Laois contestants on Day 1 and hopes will now turn to Patsy Condron in the Senior reversible tomorrow as well as to Tom Pender in the Vintage, Nora Cushe in the Farmerette category and Sarah McDonald in the Novice.
The full list of Laois contenders over the three days is as follows:
Three Furrow Conventional Match
Three Furrow Reversible