SPORT REVIEW OF THE YEAR - Laois Ladies claim Leinster glory in July

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After losing out to Dublin in the Leinster final, the Laois senior footballers were soon back into action against Monaghan.

The Ulster side proved too good on the day, where a stunning performance from Graham Brody kept Laois in the game for long spells.

It was a better month for the Laois ladies, who beat Wicklow in the Leinster IFC final in Dr Cullen Park, 2-13 to 0-13.

The Laois U-17 hurlers also enjoyed success in the Celtic Challenge series, winning the Jerome O'Leary final 4-12 to 3-10 against Antrim, with Kevin Mulhall scoring 4-2.

The leagues were drawing to a close also in July, as Camross retained the ACHL Division 1 trophy and Rosenallis win Division 1A. The Laois SFC also started in July, with Portlaoise opening with a win over Ballyfin Gaels, and Stradbally and Arles-Kilcruise serving up a cracker in the opening game.

In the SHC, Castletown Gaels sprung a major suprise when they defeated Camross in the opening round, while Clough-Ballacolla and Rathdowney-Errill played out a thrilling draw.

In athletics, the National Track and Field finals saw huge success for Laois athletes. Saragh Buggy, CIan Kelly and Eoin Keenan all won gold, Maisy O'Sullivan and Ava O'Connor won silver and the St Abban's mens 4x400m relay team also won gold.

The Laois U-16 ladies team also played an All-Ireland final in July, but a Mayo side who should never have been allowed into the 'B' grade won 11-14 to 1-5.