While the men’s club championship isn’t starting for another couple of weeks, the ladies game in Laois is well underway.
A number of rounds have been played in the senior, intermediate and junior championships already.
So here, we will take a look at how things stand:
Sarsfields are going for their sixth Laois senior title in a row and the Mountmellick club have made a blistering start.
They are in a group with newly promoted Park-Ratheniska and Portlaoise – and have won both matches to qualify for their 16th straight semi final.
Portlaoise must now play Park-Ratheniska on either August 8 or 15 in the final group game with the winners advancing to the semi final while the losers will be in the relegation playoff.
Meanwhile, the other group is still open with one game to play. Timahoe defeat St Brigid’s in Round 1 but they were then beaten by St Conleth’s at the weekend.
St Conleth’s play St Brigid’s next on either August 8 or 15 and if they avoid defeat, they and Timahoe will advance to the semi finals with St Brigid’s heading for the relegation decider.
The Intermediate grade contains just four teams and they will each play once before all advancing to the semi finals.
Here, first place will play fourth and second will face the team that finishes third in the group.
The first round took place in May with Shanahoe defeating Ballyroan and Graiguecullen edging out St Joseph’s.
The second round of games took place at the weekend where favourites Shanahoe recorded a big 8-12 to 4-5 win over newly promoted St Joseph’s.
In the other game, Graiguecullen and Ballyroan played out a thrilling 3-13 each draw.
The final round takes place on either August 8 or 15 and will see Shanahoe host Graiguecullen and St Joseph’s travel to Ballyroan.
The junior championship contains six teams who are split into two groups.
And it also began at the weekend with two teams recording big wins.
Clonaslee saw off The Heath by 11-16 to 2-5 and have put themselves in pole position to reach the semi finals in a group which also contains Sarsfields second team.
The remaining games will see Sarsfields take on Clonaslee before then facing The Heath.
Meanwhile, St Paul’s defeated St Brigid’s second team by 10-15 to 2-3 in a group that also contains defeated finalists from last year Ballyfin.
The remaining games here see Ballyfin take on St Brigid’s and then st Paul’s.