SPORT REVIEW OF THE YEAR - League final glory for Laois caps brilliant NFL campaign

Sport Editor


Sport Editor


The big story in March was the NFL Division 4 title secured by the Laois senior footballers against Carlow.

John Sugrue's side went through the entire league phase unbeaten, just about edging out Carlow in their final league game. They met Carlow again in the final and were never in any major trouble as they cruised to the victory.

The Laois senior hurlers were well-beaten by Dublin which left them in a relegation playoff, and they edged out Antrim by just two points to keep their place in the competition.

All this was against the backdrop of some of the worst snow seen in Ireland for years, but there was still plenty of action for sports fans.

St Fergal's were beaten in their All-Ireland schools final, while Scoil Chríost Rí were beaten in the All-Ireland semi-final by Loreto Clonmel.

In other sporting news this month, Michael O'Reilly was finally handed a four year ban for his positive drugs test prior to the 2016 Olympics. The Laois senior road race was in March, with Lisa Sweeney and Sean Geoghegan claiming the top prizes.

The juvenile top 4 basketball finals saw Portlaoise Panthers claim unprecedented number of titles, winning in the girls from U-12 up to U-18.

Liam O'Neill also emerged as a candidate for the soon-to-be-vacant director general's job in the GAA, while Chloe Shortall and Caitlin Knight won titles at the Dutch Internatinal Kickboxing tournament.