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Laois minor footballers and U-20 hurlers get green light to resume before Christmas

The Laois minor footballers and U-20 hurlers will get to play their 2020 championships this year after all.

GAA officials struck a deal last night that will see provincial underage championships return next week.

The Leinster minor football championship did actually begin back in October but Laois were not involved in Round 1 games as they received a bye through to the quarter final.

However, with the country going into Level 5 lockdown a short time later, Laois’s game against Carlow was indefinitely postponed.

But Mark Bates’ side got the green light to resume training and now they know they will play Carlow on Saturday, December 12.

The game will be in MW Hire O’Moore Park at 12.30pm and it will be without spectators, so, presumably the lads from Laois TV will be back in action.

If the minors win that game, they will face the winners of Meath and Westmeath in the semi-final on December 19.

The Leinster final is pencilled in for January 3, 2021, with a subsequent All-Ireland semi final and final following suit.

Back on October 21, the Laois U-20 hurlers played Carlow in Round 1 of the Leinster championship in what would prove to be the last underage game played before Level 5.

A Mark Hennessy goal was the difference on the night as Enda Lyons’ charges won by 1-15 to 0-15.

That set up a Leinster quarter final with Galway but Leinster GAA have yet to confirm the date, venue or time for that match yet.

LaoisToday understands it will be played on Friday, December 11, but the venue is still unconfirmed.

Leinster GAA say they will confirm details of that fixture at some point today.

But at least all Laois GAA fans know that they have, at the very minimum, two more matches to look forward to before the end of the year.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.