24 Jan 2022

Tasty clashes await in 2021 Laois football championships as draws made

2020 senior semi finalists to meet in opening round of 2021 championship

REPORT: Dowling hits the net twice as The Rock seal semi final spot

The draws have been made for the 2021 Laois senior football championships. Laois GAA hosted the draws through Facebook love on Thursday evening and they have thrown up some tasty games, particularly in the opening round of the senior football championship.

Ballyfin and Portarlington will clash in the 2020 championship semi final in the next few weeks but they have been drawn against each other in the opening round of the 2021 championship. That is the pick of the first round games in the senior championship.

The Senior and Intermediate football championships will follow the same format of last year with a backdoor in the early stages before moving on to knockout.

With four groups in the Junior 'A' football championship, the top two in each group will advance to the quarter finals.

Junior 'B' also has four groups but this time, only the group winner will progress straight into the semi finals.

The only straight knockout championship is the Junior 'C.

The full list of draws made on Thursday are below.

Laois Senior football championship Round 1
The Heath v Graiguecullen
St Joseph's v Clonaslee
Rosenallis v Ballylinan
Courtwood v Portlaoise
Stradbally v Arles-Killeen
Emo v O’Dempsey’s
Ballyfin v Portarlington
Ballyroan-Abbey v Killeshin

Laois Intermediate Football Championship Round 1

Timahoe v Park-Ratheniska
O’Dempsey’s v Portlaoise
Mountmellick v Arles-Kilcruise
The Rock v Crettyard

Laois Junior Football championship 'A'


The Harps

Group B

The Heath

Group C

St Joseph’s

Group D

Winners Graiguecullen/Spink (Junior 'B' 2020 FINAL)

Laois Junior Football Championship 'B'

Group A

Losers of Graiguecullen/Spink

Group B


Group C

The Rock

Group D

Slieve Bloom

Laois Junior Football Championship 'C'

Preliminary Round

Mountrath v Ballyfin

Round 1

Winner Mountrath/Ballyfin v Annanough
The Heath v Rathdowney
Shanahoe v Killeshin
O’Dempsey’s v Clonaslee
St Joseph’s v Park-Ratheniska
Colt v Borris-In-Ossory
Courtwood v Arles-Kilcruise
Ballyroan-Abbey v Kilcavan

WATCH Highlights of the Ballinakill GAA hurling festival in Laois

As the dust settles we look back on a fantastic weekend of hurling. Congratulations to our winners Tullaroan and runners up Borris/Kilcotton.

Also well done to player of the tournament Shane Walsh who lit up the hurling field Friday evening and Sunday afternoon.

A big thank you to all who contributed and our voluntary committee meeting who had the vision and commitment to ensure we had a fitting celebration to a club and community legend.

Winners: Tullaroan; Runners Up: Borris/Kilcotton; Shield Winner: Lisdowney; Shield Runner Up: Castletown. Player of the tournament: Shane Walsh (Tullaroan).

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