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Laois discover their opponents as draw made for 2023 Leinster football championship

Laois senior footballers

It may only be October 2022 – but the draw has been made for the Leinster Senior football championship.

Billy Sheehan’s charges have been drawn to face Wexford in Round 1 of the championship next year.

If they get over that fixture, they will face Dublin in the quarter finals.

The Laois footballers endured a difficult term last year despite a bright start.

They reached the O’Byrne Cup final where they were defeated by Dublin and then defeated Louth in Round 1 of the league but the season unraveled after that.

They were eventually relegated from Division 3 of the league and then were dumped out of the Leinster championship by Wicklow.

The Tailteann Cup didn’t go much better either as eventual winners Westmeath knocked them out in Round 1.

This year, the structure of the season is changing once again. Laois will once again begin in the O’Byrne Cup in January with four matches over two weeks.

They then start their Division 4 campaign at the end of January which goes through February into March.

After that, the Leinster championship will get underway and that will be run off over five weeks.

Unless Laois reach the Leinster championship final, they will then head for Tailteann Cup where 16 teams will be split into four groups.

Laois will get three games and if they top their group, they will qualify for the quarter finals of the competition.

If they finish second or third, they will go into a preliminary round game in a bid to reach the quarter finals.

While the bottom team in the group stage will be finished for the year.

Leinster Senior Football Championship Round 1 
Longford v Offaly
Wicklow v Carlow
Wexford v Laois

Leinster Senior Football Championship Quarter Finals
Kildare v Wicklow/Carlow
Dublin v Wexford/Laois
Meath v Longford/Offaly
Westmeath v Louth

Leinster Senior Football Championship Semi Finals
Kildare/Wicklow/Carlow v Dublin/Wexford/Laois
Meath/Lonford/Offaly v Westmeath/Louth

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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.