Laois hurlers set to rack up serious mileage in pursuit of Joe McDonagh GAA Cup glory

Rory Delaney

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Laois set to rack up serious mileage in pursuit of Joe McDonagh Cup glory

The Laois players better get used to the sight of their team bus.

Of the three games Laois could have had away from home, they got the three which require the most amount of travel.

Over the course of next six weeks, Laois will travel to Tralee, Cushendall and Navan, which will amount to an awful lot of hours on the road.

If you take Portlaoise as your starting point, then Navan is the closest at 127km, then comes Tralee at 210km, and then Cushendall, which is an eye-watering 327km away.

When the round trips are factored in, that means Laois will travel 1,328km to play just three games of hurling.

To put that in context, if they were to drive to London, that would be just 694km.

If they were to pass London and drive to Disneyland in Paris, that would be a mere 1,174km of a journey. They could drive to Luxembourg (1,277km), Dortmund (1,297km) or Amsterdam (1,228km) and still not travel as far as they will for three games in the Joe McDonagh Cup.

It get even better if Laois qualify for the final, which will add another 200km to their distance traveled, which sees them pass Strasbourg (1,482km) and Frankfurt (1,460km), but come up just short of Basel in Switzerland (1,614km)

We had better hope they have a few good DVDs or card games planned for the next few weeks, because they are going to be spending a lot of time on the bus!

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Laois installed as bookies favourites

As we are so often told, the bookies rarely get it wrong, and Laois fans will certainly be hoping that is the case in the Joe McDonagh Cup.
Eamonn Kelly's side have been installed as favourites with the bookmakers Boylesports, ahead of Westmeath. The full list is follows:
Laois 6/4
Westmeath 7/2
Antrim 9/2
Carlow 9/2
Kerry 5/1
Meath 20/1

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Fixtures in Full

Round 1 - Saturday, May 5
O'Moore Park: Laois v Westmeath @ 3pm

Round 2 - Sunday, May 13
Austin Stack Park: Kerry v Laois @ 3pm

Round 3 - Saturday, May 19
Cushendall: Antrim v Laois @ 1.30pm

Round 4 - Saturday, June 2
O'Moore Park: Laois v Carlow @ 3pm

Round 5 - Saturday, June 9
Pairc Tailteann: Meath v Laois @ 3pm

Final - Sunday, July 1
Croke Park: 1st Place v 2nd Place

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SEE ALSO - Neil Foyle looks ahead to the Joe McDonagh Cup