SPORT REVIEW OF THE YEAR - Club season hots up in September

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The sharp end of the club championships were coming into view in September, with a number of trophies handed out in the month.

Sarsfields were doing what they do best in the Laois Ladies SFC - winning it. They made it six in a row with a win over Portlaoise in a closely contested final, while Shanahoe won the IFC and St Paul's won the JFC.

O'Moore's got the better of Camross in the camogie final, while Slieve Bloom and Mountmellick were IHC and JHC champions respectively.

In football, Courtwood upset the odds with a win over Mountmellick Gaels in the IFC final, while Annanough bounced straight back up to intermediate level with a win over O'Dempsey's in the final.

Sticking with GAA, JP McManus was so enthused by Limerick's win in the All-Ireland hurling final, he gifted €100,000 to every county in Ireland, meaning each club in Laois got around €2k.

TJ Doheny enjoyed his homecoming and civic reception in Portlaoise in September, as locals got the chance to show their appreciation for his efforts in winning the world title.

Graham Brody was announced as an All-Star nominee in September also, while locally, county chairman Peter O'Neill was forced to step in to referee a minor hurling game due to the shortage of referees in the county.

Also in September, Stephen Hunter was on the Irish masters cross country team which claimed gold at the world championships in Spain.