The Laois ladies football team has been announced for Sunday’s clash against Wicklow in the Lidl Ladies National Football League opener.
They welcome the visitors to the LOETB Centre of Excellence, Portlaoise tomorrow (Sunday) at 2pm.
The game will be manager, Donie Brennan’s first competitive game over the team who are hoping for a strong season.
There are a few new faces added to the squad as well as returning players such as Anna Healy, Caoimhe Simms, Mo Nerney and Foxrock-Cabinteely player, Laura Nerney.
Despite being an overly young team, the likes of Emma Lawlor and Erone Fitzpatrick have plenty of experience at inter-county level as well as collecting Leinster and All-Ireland school’s medals over recent years.
During the week, Brennan announced that 2019 Laois Ladies footballer of the Year, Anna Healy would be captain for the upcoming season.
She will be joined by vice-captain, Laura Nerney, in their bid to glory for 2020 after having a hard year last year.
This is the first year in quite some time to be competing in Division 3 having been relegated last year so they will be looking to bounce back.
Elsewhere in Division 3, Fermanagh are at home to Kildare, Longford are up against Down and there’s a Connacht derby between Roscommon and Sligo.
The LGFA confirmed that the top two finishers will progress straight to the Finals in each of the divisions.
The 2020 Lidl Ladies National Football League Finals will be played on the weekend of April 18/19.
Here is tomorrow’s team.
LAOIS – Sinead O’Rouroke (St Pauls); Emily Mulhall (Ballyroan), Laura Nerney (Foxrock-Cabinteely), Rebecca Balfe (St Pauls); Casey Conroy (Sarfields), Anna Healy (Park Ratheniska), Amy Potts (St Brigids); Fiona Dooley (Portlaoise), Caoimhe Simms (St Brigids); Eva Galvin (St Conleths), Mo Nerney (Timahoe), Alice Walsh (Shanahoe); Kate Whelan(Ballyroan), Erone Fitzpatrick (Park Ratheniska), Emma Lawlor (St Pauls). SUBS: Nadine Dempseys (St Pauls), Ciara Hughes (Sarsfields), Andrea Moran (Ballyroan), Kate Jacob (Shanahoe), Sophie Delahunt (Park Ratheniska), Rebecca Reddin (Portlaoise), Rachel Fitgerald (Ballyroan), Meaghan Dunne (Sarsfields), Leah Loughman (Portlaoise), Hannah Russell (Clonaslee St Manmans)