SPORT REVIEW OF THE YEAR - Nicole Turner picks up first medal of the year in April

Sport Editor


Sport Editor


April began with the awful news that Laois senior footballer Danny O'Reilly had been the victim of a vicious assault in Carlow town, which left him in a coma and out of football for close to eight months.

In better news, Nicole Turner was showing signs of what was to come by winning a silver medal at the Word Para Series swimming event in Indianapolis, USA.

In basketball, the Portlaoise Panthers laedies won the Midlands senior cup, while their juvenile teams picked up a whole host of trophies from the Kilkenny leagues.

In rugby, the North Midlands Falcons, featuring players from Portarlington, won a league and cup double in April, beating Portlaoise in the league final 19-5.

April was also a momentous month for Zach Tuohy, as the Portlaoise man lined out for is 150th appearance in the AFL.

In GAA action, the month of April was designated as a club's month by the GAA, so the local leagues kicked into overdrive, with four rounds of games in each. The Palmer Cup also came to a conclusion in April, with Abbeyleix emerging as the winners.

The Féile football finals saw Portlaoise and Graiguecullen claim two comprehensive wins, while Laois GAA also announced that the Laois-Offaly Education and Training Board had been secured as the naming partners for the Centre of Excellence.

In camogie, the Laois minors were beaten in the All-Ireland semi-final by Westmeath, while the county seniors were narrowly defeated by Kilkenny, 3-5 to 2-10.

The Portlaoise AFC U-19 side won the CCFL Division 1 title in April, while their senior team progressed nicely in league and cup action.

Team LMA also had a good month as they had a total of either fighters represent them at the All-Ireland finals, held in the CityWest Hotel during April, with Chloe Shortall catching the eye once again.