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Ladies football to kickstart championship action in Laois this weekend

Laois ladies footballers at the launch of this year's championships at O'Moore Park last week. Photo; Paul Dargan

The Laois ladies football championship will be the first proper competitive action in Laois since the Coronavirus restriction were lifted when its three adult competitions get underway this weekend.

The intermediate and junior championships will be played on Saturday, July 18, while the senior games will be played on Sunday, July 19.

All three competitions will be played on a round robin format with the top four teams in each going through to the semi-finals.

The senior and junior grades are comprised of six teams each while the intermediate has five teams.

The pick of the games this weekend sees champions Sarsfields meet Timahoe in a repeat of last year’s final. Having equalled The Heath’s record of seven Laois titles in a row last year before reaching the Leinster club final, Sarsfields are now seeking to win a record-breaking eighth title in succession.

The other senior games see last year’s defeated semi-finalists Portlaoise and St Conleth’s meet while St Paul’s – the county’s newest senior club – will be hoping to carry on their winning streak having won intermediate and junior titles back to back with a young side in 2018 and 2019.

In the intermediate grade, last year’s junior champions Clonaslee will face St Joseph’s while there will be a local derby between Park-Ratheniska and Ballyroan. Shanahoe are the fifth team in that grade and they will have a bye.

In the junior championship, The Heath meet Killeshin, St Conleth’s second team play Graiguecullen and Portlaoise’s second team play Ballyfin.

The Laois LGFA have outlined their fixture list across all adult grades.

The group games will be played on a home and away basis, with exact throw in times to be confirmed.

  • Round 1 – July 18/19
  • Round 2 – July 29
  • Round 3 – August 8-9
  • Round 4 – August 15-16
  • Round 5 – August 22-23
  • Semi-finals – September 5-6
  • Finals – September 19-20

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Steven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he's happiest when he's telling stories or kicking a point.