We might be smack bang in the middle of the Laois GAA championships at the moment but the conclusion of the league competitions has seen a major controversy develop.
The title has been awarded to Portlaoise after the final meeting with O’Dempsey’s, provisionally scheduled in for Wednesday, July 31, didn’t go ahead.
The league final should have been played before the start of the championship, as it has been in recent years, but it ran late and so a date needed to be found.
Laois GAA County Board pencilled it in to be played on the Wednesday after the opening round of the Laois SFC in Portarlington – a date that O’Dempsey’s weren’t happy with as it came just four days after their game against St Joseph’s and ahead of their Round 2 meeting against Graiguecullen.
Portlaoise had opened their championship campaign on Wednesday, July 24, with a big win over Ballylinan.
With O’Dempsey’s not agreeing to the proposed fixture, Laois GAA have awarded the game to Portlaoise – but O’Dempsey’s have appealed that decision.
With both teams winning Round 2, they now have five weeks until they play in the quarter-finals but no date was agreeable during this spell to play the final.
The ACFL Division 1 final would have been a repeat of last year’s county final which Portlaoise won by six points.
O’Dempsey’s, who topped the division after 14 games, were going for a third Division 1A title in a row, something which has only been done once before – by Portlaoise from 2007 to 2009.