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The Big Five: Finals take centre stage as the GAA club leagues draw to a close


With the temperatures set to soar this weekend, we could be in for another belter.

Here we take a look at five games worth heading to this weekend:


St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix v Rathdowney Errill in Shanahoe 7.45pm
Laois Shopping Centre ACHL Division 4 Final

This game was due to take place last weekend but was called off due to a bereavement in Rathdowney.

It pits Abbeyleix’s second team against Rathdowney-Errill’s third team.

The Abbeyleix lads finished the table in pole position so will most likely go into the game as favourites.

But this Rathdowney team just lost the Junior A final in the dying moments against Ballypickas last year and cannot but underestimated after coming through their semi final against Rosenallis in convincing fashion.


St Joseph’s v O’Dempsey’s 6pm in O’Moore Park
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 1 Final

In a repeat of the contest from 12 months ago, St Joseph’s and O’Dempsey’s will go head to head to claim top league honours in Laois.

This is the Kellyville outfit’s third straight league final and they will be hoping it is third time lucky as they have lost the previous ones to The Heath and the aforementioned O’Dempsey’s.

Both teams have injury concerns and another tight encounter is envisaged.

Arles Kilcruise v Ballyroan Abbey 7.30pm in O’Moore Park
Laois Shopping Centre ACFL Division 1B Final

The Division 1B final promises to be a very tight affair – if the two league games between the teams are anything to go by.

The pair clashed on the opening day with Kilcruise running out two point winners but when they met again a few months later, the game ended in a draw.

Lar Wall’s side topped the table in regulation games while Ballyroan-Abbey sealed their place following a final round win over Emo.

Laois v Derry 5pm in Rathdowney 
All-Ireland Intermediate Camogie Championship Round 3

A traumatic week for all in Laois Camogie will hopefully come to a positive conclusion on Saturday evening.

Following Saturday’s draw with Carlow, Laois Camogie announced that the entire management team had resigned after a breakdown in relations with the players. 

This is a pivotal game for Laois as only a win will leave them with a realistic chance of reaching the All-Ireland semi finals.

Castletown Slieve Bloom v Borris in Ossory Kilcotton 7pm
Midlands Park Hotel U17 Hurling Division 2 Final 

Two clubs which have dominated minor level in the ‘A’ grade in recent years, find themselves in a Division 2 final on Saturday.

Castletown-Slieve Bloom and Borris-Kilcotton always produce entertaining matches and this should be no different.

When they met back in March, Castletown-Slieve Bloom ran out convincing winners but it is anticipated that this will be closer.

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