The Laois senior footballers have been drawn to face Westmeath in the quarter final of the Leinster championship for 2019.
It is a good draw for Laois as they are on the side of the draw that means they cannot face Kildare or Dublin unless we reach the final.
If Laois defeat Westmeath, they will face either Meath, Offaly or Carlow in the semi final.
John Sugrue’s men will be bidding to replicate their run from last year which saw them reach the final for the first time in 11 years this year.
And it was that run that saw them seeded for tonight’s draw along with Dublin, Longford and Carlow meaning they avoided having to play in the first round for only the second time since 2009.
Last year. Laois began their campaign in Round 1 away to Wexford where they trailed by ten points at half time but came back to force extra time where they eventually won.
They then faced Westmeath in the quarter final where a Paul Kingston hat-trick did the business to see Laois into their first semi final since 2009.
Here, neighbours Carlow lay in their way once more but Laois got the better of them for the third time this season to reach the final.
This ultimately proved a step too far for Laois as Dublin triumphed and Laois were eliminated two weeks later when they lost in Round 4 of the Qualifiers to Monaghan.
We can only hope that 2019 will bring half as much excitement as 2018 did.
LEINSTER CHAMPIONSHIP DRAW:
Meanwhile, the Laois hurlers were not involved in any draw tonight as they will play in the Joe McDonagh Cup.
This will once again be run on a round robin basis and Laois will play Offaly, Antrim, Westmeath and Kerry.