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Fixture details announced for Laois hurlers 2019 Joe McDonagh campaign

The Laois hurlers will be away to Kerry again in the 2019 Joe McDonagh Cup

The Laois hurlers will begin their 2019 Joe McDonagh Cup campaign with a trip to neighbours Offaly.

The details of next year’s competition were revealed yesterday and will see Laois take on an Offaly side competing outside the Liam MacCarthy Cup for the first time even in the opening round.

Laois struggled badly in the 2018 campaign, winning only two of their five games and avoiding relegation bother by beating Meath in their last game.

Unlike 2018, when there were six teams, this time there are only five – Laois, Offaly, Westmeath, Antrim and Kerry.

Laois are away to Offaly in Round 1, at home to Antrim in Round 2, have a bye in Round 3 before travelling to Kerry in Round 4 and finishing up at home to Westmeath in the final round.

The top two teams from the five-team group will contest the Joe McDonagh Cup final which will again will be played as a curtain raiser to the 2019 Leinster final in Croke Park. The winner will be promoted to the Leinster championship in 2020 and the two finalists will also play in an All Ireland qualifier game against the 3rd placed team in Munster or Leinster.

Eddie Brennan was recently appointed as Laois senior hurling manager. 

Round 1
Offaly v Laois
Antrim v Kerry
Westmeath bye

Round 2
Laois v Antrim
Westmeath v Offaly
Kerry bye

Round 3 (A)
Westmeath v Kerry
Laois, Offaly, Antrim bye

Round 3 (B)
Offaly v Antrim
Laois, Westmeath, Kerry bye

Round 4
Antrim v Westmeath
Kerry v Laois
Offaly bye

Round 5
Laois v Westmeath
Kerry v Offaly
Antrim bye

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