Laois get six All-Star nominations

Laois Ladies’ run to both the Division 1 final and semi-finals of the All-Ireland championship has been rewarded with six All-Star nominations, after the full list of nominees was released on Monday.

Laois Ladies’ run to both the Division 1 final and semi-finals of the All-Ireland championship has been rewarded with six All-Star nominations, after the full list of nominees was released on Monday.

Tracey Lawlor will be in the running for her fourth All-Star award, with the winners set to be announced at a gala ball on November 12.

Lawlor is joined on the list by goalkeeper Ciamh Dollard, who turned in a string of fantastic performances between the posts for Laois throughout the year. She is receiving her first nomination, as is wing-back Alison Taylor, as her flying displays at right half back for Joe Higgins confirmed her reputation as one of the best young footballers in the country.

Also nominated in the back line is Timahoe’s Grainne Dunne, Laois’ defensive rock at full-back all year, while both Mary Kirwan and Martina Dunne have been recognised for their performances in attack.

Laois league season was slow to get going, but once the new influx of players gelled it came close to being one of the best seasons every for the county. They qualified for the Division 1 final, where a bright start against Cork eventually saw them succumb to the all-conquering Rebelettes.

The provincial campaign saw them reclaim the Leinster title after the cup had made a brief stopover in Dublin, while Cork were once again on hand to foil Laois’ All-Ireland hopes at the semi-final stage.

In other Laois GAA news, the provincial draws for next year’s senior football and hurling championships took place in Croke Park last week.

In football, Laois will once again meet Longford in the opening game of their Leinster SFC campaign, this time in Longford. Victory in that game would secure a home draw against Wexford in the quarter-finals.

In the hurling draw, Carlow will provide Teddy McCarthy’s first championship opposition as Laois senior hurling manager when they meet in the opening round of the Leinster SHC. Should they win that, they will go on to meet Dublin.