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Where Things Stand: A rundown of all the adult GAA leagues in Laois

The Leagues

We’re edging ever closer to July and that means silverware will soon be handed out.

The hurling and football leagues are almost at a conclusion with most of them now at final or semi-final stage.

Relegation is decided is most cases too. However, there are some Divisions which are a little bit harder to figure out.

So here, we will give a comprehensive rundown of all the leagues in both codes:

FOOTBALL

Division 1A

The top tier of the football league in the county is two rounds from its conclusion and already one of the relegation and final places are known.

Ballylinan are down after they pulled out of the league last week following a run which saw them pick up just one point from the 10 matches that they played.

The other relegation place is between three teams – Stradbally, Graiguecullen and Portlaoise.

Stradbally are at the mercy of the other two teams in this case. They only have one game left and must defeat The Heath in that to have any chance of staying up.

However, they will be down if Graiguecullen defeat Portlaoise and if Portlaoise pick up any points in their games against Graigue and O’Dempsey’s.

At the other end, St Joseph’s have qualified for the final for the third straight year and will be joined by one of O’Dempsey’s, The Heath and Portarlington.

Just who that is likely to be will become clearer after Thursday as Portarlington host The Heath and O’Dempsey’s face leaders St Joseph’s.

Final: St Joseph’s v either O’Dempsey’s, The Heath or Portarlington
Relegation: Ballylinan and one of Stradbally, Graiguecullen and Portlaoise

Division 1B

The only Division in both codes without a walkover is probably the most open of them all.

At the top Arles-Kilcruise have qualified for the final and are promoted to Division 1A for next year. Ballyroan-Abbey are favourites to join them as they sit second – a point above Emo and with a game in hand.

But should Ballyroan slip up, Emo and Killeshin will be snapping at their heels to force their way in.

Down the other end, anyone of four teams could be relegated. Crettyard are bottom but have three games to play while Rosenallis and Mountmellick sit just two points above them.

Arles-Killeen are two clear of those but with difficult games against Kilcruise and Emo to come, they may come into the mix yet.

Crettyard, Rosenallis and Mountmellick all have games against each other in the next two weeks and the outcome of these will decide things.

Final: Arles-Kilcruise v either Ballyroan-Abbey, Emo or Killeshin
Relegation: Two of Rosenallis, Crettyard, Mountmellick and Arles-Killeen

Division 2

This is often a real basket-case of a Division with a mixture of senior, intermediate and junior teams – and this year is no different.

We have a junior team promoted and in the final while a senior club are battled relegation.

The top is a little easier to decipher so we will start there. St Joseph’s second team finished top so they are promoted and will contest the final.

This Division uses semi finals and three teams finished joint second. Barrowhouse, Clonaslee and Courtwood were all tied but Barrowhouse pulled out of a play-off game with Courtwood.

So now Clonaslee will face Courtwood on July 6 with the winner advancing to play St Joseph’s.

Down the other end, Annanough defeated Timahoe in their last game to leave four teams deadlocked at the foot of the table.

Because of walkovers, points difference cannot be used to split the teams. So a relegation playoff between Annanough, Kilcavan, Graiguecullen’s second team and Ballyfin will now be played.

Details of that have been confirmed. Annanough will face Kilcavan while Graiguecullen take on Ballyfin. The defeated teams will be relegated.

Final: St Joseph’s v TBC
Semi Final: Courtwood v Clonaslee
Relegation Playoff: Annanough v Kilcavan, Graiguecullen v Ballyfin

Division 3

Relegation is done in Division 3 with both Portlaoise’s second team and Timahoe’s second team gone down.

But it is at the top where things are a little bit more complicated. Portarlington are in the final after finishing top while the race to join them involves three teams.

The Rock are in the semi final and will be joined by either Stradbally’s second team of The Heath’s. They will face each other in a playoff after finishing level on points in the table.

Final: Portarlington v TBC
Semi Final: The Rock v TBC Playoff: The Heath v Stradbally
Relegation: Portlaoise and Timahoe

Division 4

Promotion is sorted with one round of matches to play in this Division while relegation is still down for decision.

Camross, who won Division 5 last year, are back in another football final where they will play the side that they defeated in that final – Rosenallis’ second team.

Camross could be joined on points by Arles-Kilcruise if they lose their final match but they go through on head-to-head.

Down the other end, The Harps are relegated after pulling out of the league. And they will be joined by either Crettyard, Arles-Killeen or Spink.

Final: Camross v Rosenallis
Relegation: The Harps and either Arles-Killeen, Crettyard or Spink

Division 5

Division 5 is split into A and B conferences and is now at semi final stage.

Graiguecullen and St Joseph’s third team finished in the top two spots on the A side while on the B side, Mountrath and Colt occupied those two positions.

Graiguecullen will face Colt in one semi final while the other sees St Joseph’s take on Mountrath.

Semi Finals: Graiguecullen v Colt, St Joseph’s v Mountrath

HURLING

Division 1

Playoffs were required at both ends of the table here – highlighting the competitive nature of club hurling in Laois.

At the bottom, Portlaoise, Abbeyleix and Castletown all finished level on two points. As Portlaoise gave a walkover to Camross earlier, points difference could not be used to split them.

So a draw took place and Abbeyleix played Portlaoise last week and defeated them. Now Portlaoise have one more chance to save themselves against Castletown this week with the losers relegated.

At the top, the same scenario occurred with Camross, Clough-Ballacolla and Rathdowney-Errill all deadlocked on 11 points.

A draw again took place with Rathdowney-Errill straight through to the final while Clough-Ballacolla and Camross played off last week with the latter prevailing.

They now go forward to face Rathdowney-Errill in a bid to retain their title.

Final: Rathdowney-Errill v Camross
Relegation Final: Portlaoise v Castletown

Division 1A

Rather straight forward here as all games have now been completed.

Clonad are down as they won just one of their games while Rathdowney-Errill’s second team are in the final after finishing top.

Who they will face though is not yet known as Rosenallis and Ballinakill must play in a semi final first.

Final: Rathdowney Errill v TBC
Semi Final: Ballinakill v Rosenallis
Relegation: Clonad

Division 2

Like Division 1A, Division 2 is also done and dusted.

Castletown’s second team have been relegated while Clough-Ballacolla’s second team are in the final.

The semi final sees Borris-Kilcotton’s second team face Slieve Bloom.

Final: Clough-Ballacolla v TBC
Semi Final: Borris-Kilcotton v Slieve Bloom
Relegated: Castletown

Division 3

All of the permutations have been worked out in Division 3 also.

Camross’ second team are in the final while a team in their first year of existence will look to join them.

Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe will take on last year’s defeated finalists Ballypickas in the semi final this weekend.

While at the bottom, Mountrath’s second team have been relegated.

Final: Camross v TBC
Semi Final: Ballypickas v Park Ratheniska-Timahoe
Relegated: Mountrath

Division 4

Division 4 of the hurling league is a little bit more complicated to work out than all of the others.

At the top, Abbeyleix’s second tea, have reached the final after finishing top of the table.

While Rosenallis’ second team and Rathdowney-Errill’s third team will do battle in the semi final.

Down at the bottom, it is unclear who, if anyone has been relegated. Kyle, Colt and Clough-Ballacolla all finished on four points.

Due to walkovers, scoring difference cannot be used to split them. So Kyle will play Clough-Ballacolla with the loser facing Colt.

Final: Abbeyleix v TBC
Semi Final: Rosenallis v Rathdowney-Errill
Relegation: TBC

Division 5

Like the football, Division 5 is split into A and B. Portlaoise and Borris-Kilcotton topped the A side while The Harps and Shanahoe emerged from the B side.

So Portlaoise face Shanahoe in one semi final with The Harps facing Borris-Kilcotton in the other.

Semi Finals: Portlaoise v Shanahoe,  The Harps v Borris-Kilcotton

 

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.