This June Bank Holiday weekend is a quiet one as regards sports fixtures, and it is a weekend that is very much dominated by the GAA. We have managed to put together a list of the five standout matches that will take place over the weekend.
SATURDAY, JUNE 2
Laois v Carlow – O’Moore Park at 3pm
Joe McDonagh Cup Round 4
The Laois hurlers know that they cannot afford any slip-ups if they are to have a chance at claiming a spot in the Joe McDonagh Cup final.
They will also need Antrim and Kerry to lose one of their last two games. If Laois beat Carlow, Carlow can still win their last game but they will not be able to qualify if Laois finish on six points as well.
Regardless of any scenario, Laois need to keep their part of the deal and win. There has been some injury concerns for Laois as captain Ross King is an injury doubt while Leigh Bergin is definitely out with injury.
Carlow claimed the NHL Division 2A title this year so they will need some watching.
Ballyfin V Timahoe – Ballyfin GAA at 7.30pm
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 2 Round 8
This game is an important one for both sides involved. Ballyfin know that a win would keep them in the hunt for a spot in the top two promotion positions despite their shaky start to this seasons campaign.
Timahoe also need a win for their quest at promotion. Having blundered somewhat over the past couple of weeks with unexpected loss to Kilcavan, they will want to rediscover their form that saw them beat the top teams, Courtwood and St Josephs.
A win will set them up nicely as they will have four games left to play.
SUNDAY, JUNE 3
Offaly v Laois – Tubber, Offaly at 2pm
LGFA Leinster Intermediate Championship Quarter-Final
The Laois Ladies footballers begin their Leinster campaign in the intermediate ranks this Saturday, having dropped from senior last year.
They will be hoping to make an immediate bounce back up to the senior grade this season, and beating Offaly this weekend would be a positive step in doing so.
Kevin Doogue’s charges endured a tough league campaign but they managed to stay away from relegation by beating Sligo on the last day. They won two games, losing five but this inexperienced Laois team will take away a lot of positives by coming up against some of the better teams in Ireland.
They will be without star player Laura Marie Maher, after she tore her cruciate against Tyrone in the league, as well as a number of players from last year’s side.
Stradbally V Timahoe – Stradbally GAA in 6.30pm
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 3 Round 8
Stradbally and Timahoe is a fixture that has not come around too often in recent years but this Sunday, the two sides will do battle in Division 3.
Stradbally’s second side have been flying it this season, sitting second in the table behind Portarlington, while Timahoe are second from bottom and badly in need of a win.
It may not be their two first teams out but it’s a local derby and should be an interesting affair.
MONDAY, JUNE 4
Laois v Wicklow – O’Moore Park at 2pm
Leinster U-20 Football Championship Round 2
The Laois U-20 footballers surprised many with their display against Kildare last Monday, and they will be confident that they can claim a victory over Wicklow this Monday afternoon.
Billy O’Loughlin’s side were potent when going for goal and he will be hoping it can be repeated. A team which contains a large chunk of the side that reached the 2016 Leinster minor final, they should have enough to beat Wicklow – and set up a crunch clash away to Meath on Saturday, June 16.