The Laois ladies footballers will play Clare, Sligo and Kildare in the group stages of this year’s All Ireland intermediate championship.
The draw for senior, intermediate and junior grades were made live on the LGFA Facebook page this evening.
With no provincial championships this year because of the condensed season, a new draw had to be held.
Last year’s beaten finalists Meath, semi-finalists Sligo and Roscommon and relegated senior side Westmeath were seeded and drawn into one group each.
And Donie Brennan’s Laois side were drawn in the only group of four teams.
Only one team will advance from each group to the semi-finals so there is no room for error.
Sligo would be deemed one of the weaker of the seeded teams though by drawing Kildare, who were top of Division 3 prior to its cancellation, Laois have certainly been handed a tough group.
Laois, who were relegated from senior at the end of the 2017 season, won the Leinster title in 2018 but failed to advance from the All Ireland group stages.
Last year they fared poorly and only maintained their intermediate status due to a relegation playoff win. They were also relegated in the league to Division 3.
Prior to the cancellation of this year’s league, they had won two and drawn one of their five games in Division 3.
The games will begin on October 17.
Ladies Football All Ireland Intermediate Championship Draw
Group 1 – Roscommon, Offaly and Wexford
Group 2 – Westmeath, Longford and Louth
Group 3 – Meath, Leitrim and Down
Group 4 – Sligo, Kildare, Laois and Clare