For the sixth successive year Sarsfields and Timahoe will contest the Laois Ladies SFC football final which this year takes place in Crettyard as both teams try to get their hands on the Lulu Carroll Cup.
The record over the last six years stands at Timahoe four wins to Sarsfields two, during which period the Sarsfields v Timahoe rivalry has developed into the keenest in Laois Ladies Football, replacing the Timahoe v Crettyard rivalry of the 90’s and early 2000’s.
Despite the apparent domination by the top two the Laois SFC is far from a two horse race and is quite competitive. The emergence of St Brigid’s in 2012 has added an extra dimension to the race and neither of the two took anything for granted in the 2012 competition, in which both of them had their scary moments.
On their way to the final Sarsfields defeated Park-Ratheniska, Shanahoe, St Brigid’s and Portlaoise while Timahoe saw off St Conleth’s, Portlaoise and St Brigid’s. The common denominators here were Portlaoise and St Brigid’s and the margin, and manner, of victories in both cases were broadly similar.
If success outside the county is any yardstick then the standard of fare in Laois is on a par with the best in the province. For the last four years the Laois champions have reached the Leinster club final and won it on three occasions. Sarsfields won the final in 2008 and lost the final to Na Fianna in 2011 while Timahoe claimed top prize in 2009 and 2010, so the victors on Saturday can approach the provincial competition with a fair degree of confidence.
Such thoughts will be far from the minds of players on Saturday as they will focus entirely on the job at hand - picking up another county title. Sarfields will be striving to keep a grip on the Lulu Carroll Cup while Timahoe will do all in their power to wrestle it from them.
Senior B Final
In the Senior B Final St Conleth’s and Park-Ratheniska do battle for the Goggy Delaney Cup. The game will provide an excellent opportunity for both sides to pick up a valuable trophy after a year of disappointing performances in which neither team did themselves justice.
The new trophy, honouring one of the most famous and flamboyant characters to be involved with Laois Ladies Footballers over the years, will be keenly contested and again it is a difficult one to call. The two teams were on different Groups in the Championship and have not met in the knock out competition for some time but a rousing contest can be expected.