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Previews of Saturday’s Laois club football championship action

There’s another big day of club football championship action in Laois on Saturday with two senior and two intermediate games down for decision.

Laois SFC – Portlaoise v Ballyfin Gaels
6pm in O’Moore Park

This game is probably the easiest game to call in the first round of the senior championship, with the clear favourites taking on one of the side’s earmarked for a relegation battle.

Portlaoise have won ten out of the last 11 championships, and are currently 4/9 to make it 11 in 12, while Ballyfin Gaels are 10/1 to beat The Town, in what would be one of the greatest upsets.

Ballyfin Gaels go into the game without their main man Sean Moore, while Rob Tyrell won’t be lining out with them this year either following Camross’ withdrawal from the amalgamation.

Portlaoise on the other hand have a massive panel to select from, with ten lads involved with the Laois team over the course of the year, and six playing crucial roles for John Sugrue’s men.

They should win this one with a bit to spare.

Verdict: Portlaoise

Laois SFC – St Joseph’s v The Heath
7.30pm in O’Moore Park

This is the complete opposite of the opening game, with not much to call between the sides. It should be a tight affair, but St Joseph’s know that if they perform anything like the Division 1 final they will be facing a similar fate.

St Joseph’s will go into the game with a relatively full strength side, missing only Danny Hickey who is injured. It is also the first championship game that they will be without the late Liam Kealy, following his tragic passing earlier in the year.

The Heath will be missing key man Daithi Carroll, who had been flying it in the league, through injury, while they also introduce a host of new players to the side including PJ Daly, Liam Kinsella, and Neil Keane who are all in line to make their debuts.

Verdict: The Heath

Laois IFC – Courtwood v Mountmellick Gaels
7.30pm in Portarlington

This is a clash of the two favourites in the Intermediate grade, with Mountmellick Gaels being to side who dropped from senior, while Courtwood possess some of the best young talent in the county.

Courtwood secured the Division 2 title in good fashion with an impressive win over St Joseph’s second side, and have seemingly clicked back into the impressive form they displayed at the beginning of the league, after welcoming back their underage county men and Laois senior star Niall Donoher.

Mountmellick Gaels were very disappointing last season when their 11-year stay at senior came to an end, and this year will be huge, being the only Gaels team in the intermediate grade, something which has angered Courtwood’s manager Eddie Kinsella. 

They have some of the best players in the intermediate grade and will take some stopping but Courtwood could get the better of them here.

Verdict: Courtwood

The game between Barrowhouse and The Rock, scheduled for Stradbally has been postponed because of a bereavement in the Barrowhouse club.

SEE ALSO – Eight young players to watch out for in the intermediate football championship

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