With all the various county championships coming to a conclusion around the province, Leinster club competitions in both hurling and football are beginning to take shape.
The Portlaoise footballers will make the short trip to Tullamore on Sunday, October 29 for the opening round of the Leinster championship against Offaly winners Rhode. They got the better of Clara in today’s Offaly final.
Should Portlaoise win that one they will be up against Kildare champions Moorefield in the quarter-final.
Portlaoise are on the same side as the Dublin champions – and should they win their first two games would come up against St Vincent’s or Ballymun Kickhams, who will meet in this year’s Dublin final. The Dublin winners will play Newtown Blues of Louth or Rathnew of Wicklow in the Leinster quarter-final.
The Meath, Wexford, Westmeath, Carlow and Longford champions are all on the other side of the Leinster draw.
Meanwhile, Camross now know who they will play in the Leinster club championship after today’s games. Mount Leinster Rangers, Leinster club champions in 2013, won the Carlow final today and will come to O’Moore Park on Sunday, November 5. Should Camross win that one then they will play Offaly champions Kilcormac-Killoughey or Westmeath winners Castletown-Geoghegan in the Leinster semi-final.
The other side of the draw sees the Kilkenny winners meet the Wexford winners in the opening game with the Dublin champions awaiting in the semi-final.
Dicksboro and James Stephens will meet in the Kilkenny final following their respective wins today while the Wexford final is between St Martin’s and Oulart-the-Ballagh. The Dublin championship is down to the last four – with current All Ireland champions Cuala, Ballyboden-St Enda’s, St Vincent’s and Lucan Sarsfields still in the running.
Meanwhile, Emo will make the trip to Aughrim in Wicklow this Saturday for the Leinster intermediate football championship to take on Hollywood while The Harps will represent Laois in the Leinster intermediate hurling championship and will take on Meath winners Kiltale away on Saturday, November 4.
In the Leinster junior championship, Trumera make the trip to Dublin to take on Erins Isle this Saturday.
Leinster Club SFC
Round 1 – October 29
Newtown Blues (Louth) v Rathnew (Wicklow)
Rhode (Offaly) v Portlaoise (Laois)
Mullinlaghta (Longford) v Eire Og/Rathvilly (Carlow)
Quarter-finals – November 12
1 – Newtown Blues or Rathnew v Ballymun Kickhams/ St Vincent’s (Dublin)
2 – Rhode or Portlaoise v Moorefield (Kildare)
3 – Mullinlaghta (Longford) v Eire Og or Rathvilly (Carlow)
4 – St Martin’s or Starlights (Wexford) v Summerhill or Simonstown Gaels (Meath)
Semi-finals – November 26
1 v 2; 3 v 4
Final – December 12
Leinster Club SHC
Quarter-finals – Sunday, November 5
1 – Kilcormac-Killoughey (Offaly) v Castletown-Geoghegan (Westmeath)
2 – Camross (Laois) v Mount Leinster Rangers (Carlow)
3 – Dicksboro or James Stephens (Kilkenny) v Oulart-the-Ballagh or St Martin’s (Wexford)
Semi-finals – Sunday, November 19
1 v 2; 3 v Dublin winners
Final on Sunday, December 5