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Details announced for new Divisional football championship in Laois

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Laois senior football manager John Sugrue has launched plans for a new Divisional championship.

The competition is set to begin the week after the the SFC final is played and will see all the clubs in the county broken up into four groups.

Sugrue will appoint managers to each of the four teams and they will then compile a panel from the clubs available to them.

These games will then be played at venues across the county with a small admittance fee which will be donated to charity.

The four teams will then take part in a Trial Tournament on a round robin basis where the top two teams advance to the cup final.

The bottom two will head to the shield final and those games will be played on Finals Weekend.

The SFC champions will be excluded but players from all other clubs will be eligible to compete.

Sugrue said: “We are looking to begin the trial process to look at who is going to form our panel for 2019.

“With this in mind, we are looking to open up to the Laois GAA public and make trial games accessible to all players within the county.

“We are looking to set up area teams with the best young talent available to us.

“Independent management teams will be put in place for each team and it will hopefully give the players the chance to play in a condensed talent type situation.

“We will be narrowing down a panel of players from this and from there 2019 begins. We hope you come in numbers and join us on the first step.

“Management, venues and the proposed charity/charities will be finalised in the programme for the Senior Football semi finals.”

It is proposed the Divisional Teams will be comprised as follows:

West/Northwest: 
Ballyfin, Borris-In-Ossory, Camross, Castletown, Clonaslee, Errill, Kilcavan, Mountmellick, Mountrath, Rathdowney, Rosenallis, Slieve Bloom, The Harps, The Rock, Trumera

Northeast:
Annanough, Courtwood, Emo, O’Dempsey’s, Portarlington, The Heath, Portlaoise

Central East:
Ballylinan, Ballyroan-Abbey, Colt, Park-Ratheniska, St Joseph’s, Stradbally, Timahoe

Southeast:
Arles-Killeen, Arles-Kilcruise, Barrowhouse, Crettyard, Graiguecullen, Killeshin, Spink

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