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Title: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on February 28, 2019, 09:51:40 AM
Ballyfin v Graiguecullen
The Heath v Portarlington
Ballyroan-Abbey v Emo
Courtwood v Arles-Kilcruise
Stradbally v Killeshin
Arles-Killeen v Crettyard
St Joseph’s v O’Dempseys
Ballylinan v Portlaoise
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on February 28, 2019, 12:25:33 PM
 A few interesting games there.
An early prediction for the craic….

Graigue should be too strong for Ballyfin

Fancy Port to take The Heath with the talented young players they have coming through.

Ballyroan Abbey and Emo could be a tough game with very little in it. Hard one to call.

I think Arles will be a bit too cute for the young Courtwood team.

Killeshin might surprise Stradbally.

Killeen to sneak by Cretty who’ll miss the Spink lads

Josephs and O’Dempseys could be a cracker if they both go for it. They are two of the big guns. Won’t call it this early.

Portlaoise will beat Ballylinan by something the same as two years ago’s final.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Countyminor on July 22, 2019, 09:15:17 PM
Championship starting Wednesday lads and barely even a whisper around the place! Anyways here's my first round predictions to get things started:

1. Portlaoise v Ballylinan: Has the makings of a decent game but without Walsh Ballylinan to lose by about 9

2. Killeshin v Stradbally: Very 50/50. Killeshin down Evan Lowry and Deering. Stradbally to win narrowly

3. Port v the Heath: Fancy Port to win handy enough. Best equipped to challenge Portlaoise

4. Joseph's v O'Dempsey's: O'D's by 6

5. Graigue v Ballyfin: Can't see anything other than a handy Graigue win. Graigue +8.

6. Killeen v Crettyard: No Cha but I fancy Cretty to scrape by. Two poor teams who'll be happy enough to face each other

7. Emo v Ballyroan: Tough one to call. Fancy Ballyroan, Emo are poor defensively

8. Courtwood v Kilcruise: Courtwood to win but only just
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on July 22, 2019, 10:32:55 PM
Championship starting Wednesday lads and barely even a whisper around the place! Anyways here's my first round predictions to get things started:

1. Portlaoise v Ballylinan: Has the makings of a decent game but without Walsh Ballylinan to lose by about 9

2. Killeshin v Stradbally: Very 50/50. Killeshin down Evan Lowry and Deering. Stradbally to win narrowly

3. Port v the Heath: Fancy Port to win handy enough. Best equipped to challenge Portlaoise

4. Joseph's v O'Dempsey's: O'D's by 6

5. Graigue v Ballyfin: Can't see anything other than a handy Graigue win. Graigue +8.

6. Killeen v Crettyard: No Cha but I fancy Cretty to scrape by. Two poor teams who'll be happy enough to face each other

7. Emo v Ballyroan: Tough one to call. Fancy Ballyroan, Emo are poor defensively

8. Courtwood v Kilcruise: Courtwood to win but only just

Only one I disagree with is Crettyard winning. They'll do very well to avoid relegation without the Spink lads. Arles-Killeen are a far cry from what they were, but should still have enough in attack to pull through.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: BallyroanAbu on July 23, 2019, 12:39:10 PM
Portlaoise V Ballylinan: Portlaoise prob win this but I have Ballylinan as Dark Horses for Championship, first day out is prob not where it's going to happen.  So Portlaoise win here but Ballylinan at big odds to win the county final.  Could be boring and say Portlaoise but feck it.

Killeshin V Stradbally:  I will go with Killeshin, Stradbally have good young lads coming but just not yet.

Port V The Heath: Has to be Port I suppose, but they do have the capacity to implode.

Joseph's V O Dempsey's: O Dempsey here

Killeen V Crettyard:  Killeen in a tight one

Emo V BallyroanAbbey  50/50 here BallyroanAbbey with my heart.

Courtwood V Kilcruise: Kilcruise here, this will be an eye opener for me. Is the talent that Courtwood undoubtedly have be able to cope with the grizzled old veterans of Kilcruise ?  I think Kilcruise find a way to win this.

This is another watershed year for Portlaoise, personally I think they are done.  But who can take the crown Ballylinan for me with O Dempsey & Port in the mix.  Port have the capacity but plenty of times they have had the talent they really need to come together and knuckle down. 
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on July 23, 2019, 01:05:06 PM
Portlaoise – should win with ease

Killeshin – both teams going to be short players, think Killeshin might edge it

Portarlington – as someone said you can never be sure with Port but surely they will win this

O’Dempseys – the form team of the year so far. Josephs will put it up to them though and might be a narrow win

Graigue – playing Division 3, even though they won it, has to come against Ballyfin

Killeen – think they’ll win this handily

Draw (Emo v B Abbey) – I can’t separate these.

Arles Kilcruise – think they will be far too cute for Courtwood who are still a few players short of being competitive

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on July 23, 2019, 01:32:22 PM

This is another watershed year for Portlaoise, personally I think they are done. 

Genuinely asking, what signs do you see to make you believe Portlaoise are done? They performed better in the league this year, and that was without six or seven Seniors and two U-20's..

They might not be quite the team they once were, but they're still strong enough to walk another championship. Portarlington will give them their best game. In a couple of years Portarlington could well dominate, but Portlaoise should still get through this year.

Ballylinan with Gary Walsh might have been an interesting prospect , but no chance they  beat Portlaoise without him.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Countyminor on July 23, 2019, 06:08:06 PM
Are the town what they used to be? No.

Are they still better than any other team in Laois? Yes, by a distance.

Do they have credible opposition in this years championship? Possibly Port if they were up for it.

What should be done to address this imbalance plaguing our championship for over 10 years?

We could start by implementing what was recommended in the strategic review which took place 2 years ago but this should not be done at the expense of Portlaoise doing well and being successful and merely in response to the growth of the area.

A new club is needed for the health of gaelic games in Portlaoise. The more playing football and hurling in the town the better. Our championship is weak because our structure allows it to be. This year will be a handy procession for Portlaoise as 11 out of the last 12 have been. There is no reason why the next biggest urban areas like Port and Graigue shouldn't be challenging them. A smaller more cutthroat championship or one with area teams would force them to get their act together.

Sorry for getting sidetracked  ;D
 
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: redsetanta on July 24, 2019, 09:18:53 PM
Easy run out for Portlaoise this evening
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on July 24, 2019, 09:29:10 PM
Easy run out for Portlaoise this evening

Didn't make the game tonight but judging by the score-line and considering they played the whole second half with 14-men, Portlaoise haven't digressed at all under Niall Rigney.

They held the likes of Frank Flanagan and Michael Dowling back as well, so I wouldn't be surprised to see their Intermediates beat Clonaslee and win the Intermediate as well.

Anyone know why Graham Brody was nowhere to be seen? On his travels?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: thegreeenandgold on July 24, 2019, 09:49:56 PM
 Portlaoise never out of second gear,  Ballylinan very poor.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Helix. on July 24, 2019, 09:55:57 PM
Easy run out for Portlaoise this evening

Didn't make the game tonight but judging by the score-line and considering they played the whole second half with 14-men, Portlaoise haven't digressed at all under Niall Rigney.

They held the likes of Frank Flanagan and Michael Dowling back as well, so I wouldn't be surprised to see their Intermediates beat Clonaslee and win the Intermediate as well.

Anyone know why Graham Brody was nowhere to be seen? On his travels?

Ballylinan were poor. Portlaoise missed few goal chances aswell but overall weren’t overly tested in the backs. Good blend of youth in team tonight Damon Larkin, Ronan McEvoy and Jason Maher were decent. Red card was harsh I felt nothing malicious Saunders didn’t have much of a chance to pull away from the contact.

Brody was in the stand tonight no idea why. Mickey Nolan was excellent with kickouts and good under high ball. Team seems to be picked on league form and will be hard beaten.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: on the hop on July 25, 2019, 12:24:36 AM
That was one poor ballylinan team, they had no one bar the full forward who is a decent player. Portlaoise far too much pace for them and Lillis in particular was very impressive. Very noticeable the difference in size of the two teams. As for new players, Ronan mcevoy with five or six points from
Play and Jason Maher who was very mobile weren’t too bad.

I hope the officiating tonight is not going to be the standard, The red card was very harsh on Saunders, they simply ran into each other. I am amazed at Maurice Deegan as lineman not copping this and also not assisting the ref when a point was signaled that was Cleary wide on his side.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on July 26, 2019, 11:57:48 AM
Hard to know who will win tonight. Killeshin are without Deering, Lowry and Bolger due to travel. Stradbally I think are missing a few due to injury.

I'd say Stradbally might edge it with Begley and Dillon pushing them over the line. They'll do well to make the quarters though.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on July 26, 2019, 10:26:55 PM
Well Stradbally were way, way worse than I expected. Without Jody Dillon they offered nothing up front.

Killeshin were decent, especially when you consider they're missing three good lads. Stevie Attride was the best player on the park. David Aston was very good and Michael Doran showed well in spells.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Keyser Söze on July 26, 2019, 11:26:15 PM
Can anyone explain how Jim Bolger's son is playing for Killeshin? Is Jim living in this area and/or involved in Killeshin?
Could he be somebody that could be convinced to become involved in Laois GAA Admin eventually?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on July 27, 2019, 12:17:31 AM
Well Stradbally were way, way worse than I expected. Without Jody Dillon they offered nothing up front.

Killeshin were decent, especially when you consider they're missing three good lads. Stevie Attride was the best player on the park. David Aston was very good and Michael Doran showed well in spells.


Killeshin      3-14
Stradbally   2-6


Three-goal Killeshin power past Stradbally challenge
https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/07/26/three-goal-killeshin-power-past-stradbally-challenge/
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: laoisboy on July 27, 2019, 01:36:07 AM
jim being living in killeshin for the last 15 +
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on July 27, 2019, 11:39:06 PM
Tonight's results:

O’Dempsey’s    2-15
St Joseph’s       0-11

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/07/27/goals-make-the-difference-as-odempseys-get-the-better-of-st-josephs/

Portarlington    0-19
The Heath         0-7

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/07/27/murphy-to-the-fore-as-portarlington-see-off-the-heath/

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Rusty on July 28, 2019, 11:03:54 PM
Crettyard v Kileen was an aul scrap. The quality was low at times thou. Kingston was great to watch. Kileen are  a very old side. Crettyard dug deep with who they had, O' Carroll had a few nice.pints.Could have went either way at the end.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Chrimtain on July 29, 2019, 09:11:15 AM
I thought O'Dempsey's had a better idea of how to utilise Dan McCormack on Saturday evening than we saw with Laois u20s. They seemed to be giving him better service. It will be interesting to see how he gets on as the championship progresses.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: BallyroanAbu on July 29, 2019, 09:51:18 AM
I thought O'Dempsey's had a better idea of how to utilise Dan McCormack on Saturday evening than we saw with Laois u20s. They seemed to be giving him better service. It will be interesting to see how he gets on as the championship progresses.


Thought that myself, Dan played really well and abit unlucky not to score more. 
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SpeculativeEffort on July 29, 2019, 10:38:42 AM
Crettyard v Kileen was an aul scrap. The quality was low at times thou. Kingston was great to watch. Kileen are  a very old side. Crettyard dug deep with who they had, O' Carroll had a few nice.pints.Could have went either way at the end.

Would anyone be able to give an age break down of the killeen team? Id be familiar with maybe half of them and would guess at least 10 starters are over 30.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on July 29, 2019, 12:27:30 PM
Crettyard v Kileen was an aul scrap. The quality was low at times thou. Kingston was great to watch. Kileen are  a very old side. Crettyard dug deep with who they had, O' Carroll had a few nice.pints.Could have went either way at the end.

Would anyone be able to give an age break down of the killeen team? Id be familiar with maybe half of them and would guess at least 10 starters are over 30.

I think only Donie Kingston and Conor Keightley were under 30 from the Crettyard game. Fair play to all at the club for keeping Killeen afloat at Senior but they're going to need to come up with a solution soon.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on July 29, 2019, 01:56:08 PM
Sundays Results:

Arles-Killeen     1-13
Crettyard          1-11

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/07/28/kingston-edges-ocarroll-as-14-man-killeen-see-off-crettyard/

Graiguecullen   2-11
Ballyfin              0-7

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/07/28/veteran-doogue-saves-graiguecullens-blushes-as-late-strike-sees-them-beat-ballyfin/
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on July 29, 2019, 02:00:01 PM
The draw for Round 2 of the Laois senior football championship has been made.
Following Round 1 games, teams have been split into Winners and Losers Sections for Round 2.

The winners of the Round 2 winners section games will advance to the quarter finals of the championship.
The loser of those games will go to Round 3 where they will face the teams who win in the Round 2 Losers Section.
The losers in the Losers section will head to the relegation semi finals.



Laois Senior Football Championship Round 2 Winners Section
Graiguecullen v O’Dempsey’s
Arles-Killeen v Killeshin
Winners Courtwood/Arles-Kilcruise v Portlaoise
Winners Ballyroan-Abbey/Emo v Portarlington

Laois Senior Football Championship Round 2 Losers Section
Ballylinan v Losers Arles-Kilcruise/Courtwood
Ballyfin v Crettyard
St Joseph’s v The Heath
Losers Ballyroan-Abbey/Emo v Stradbally
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: redsetanta on July 29, 2019, 02:54:07 PM
Kilcruise v Portlaoise if they get over Courtwood or a local derby against Ballylinan.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on July 29, 2019, 03:45:07 PM
I seen Stradbally just fell short of neighbours The Heath in their match. Sure 49 points is just a kick of a ball really  :D ;D

That was a reference to this scoreline in Junior A Championship,  The Heath 8-23, Stradbally  0-1
What is happening to football in Stradbally, seniors well beaten by Killeshin too …  3-14 to 2-6
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on July 29, 2019, 03:48:04 PM
Port have a nice look about them. A good team on paper as well as being a good young team. If that group stay together, it's easy to see them progressing and being contenders in a year or two.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on July 30, 2019, 05:38:57 PM
Crettyard v Kileen was an aul scrap. The quality was low at times thou. Kingston was great to watch. Kileen are  a very old side. Crettyard dug deep with who they had, O' Carroll had a few nice.pints.Could have went either way at the end.

Would anyone be able to give an age break down of the killeen team? Id be familiar with maybe half of them and would guess at least 10 starters are over 30.

I think only Donie Kingston and Conor Keightley were under 30 from the Crettyard game. Fair play to all at the club for keeping Killeen afloat at Senior but they're going to need to come up with a solution soon.
Keightley can't be far off 30 either if at all. And Donie is 29 in a fortnight's time.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: redsetanta on July 31, 2019, 09:04:16 PM
Court wood gave Kilcruise a bit of a trimming. Big game against the neighbours next for Kilcruise while Courtwood can test themselves against the town
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on July 31, 2019, 09:09:30 PM
Court wood gave Kilcruise a bit of a trimming. Big game against the neighbours next for Kilcruise while Courtwood can test themselves against the town

Bit surprised at that score-line. Fair play to Courtwood, few young players on that team that should be in with the Laois seniors next year.

As for Kilcruise, surely it's time they go back in with Killeen and give themselves some future. Neither will be challenging anytime soon if the situation continues, and Kilcruise will be doing well to avoid relegation now.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Keyser Söze on July 31, 2019, 11:03:19 PM
Can they trouble Portlaoise the next day?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on August 01, 2019, 12:31:59 AM
Can they trouble Portlaoise the next day?
Doubt it. More a case of Arles being very very fragile defensively. Can't see there being less than 10 points in it.
That said, fine display by Cwood. All bar one point out of 4-14 from play. Young Niall Dunne was unreal good.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Keyser Söze on August 01, 2019, 12:49:10 AM
As a total outsider to this topic.....is a young, athletic, confident and technically able team not exactly what Portlaoise need to test them?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Jd on August 01, 2019, 12:54:28 AM
Arles looked to control O Flynn by any means including off the ball digs but they neglected to handle Dunne who has the makings of a serious footballer. Courtwood have serious pace going forward but I can’t see them troubling the town. They brought in a young lad on Ross with about 20 to go and he looked like a really sticky corner back. They have survived so I’d say that’s their main objective
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on August 01, 2019, 06:43:39 AM
The game last night was men against boys, or boys against grandads maybe. Kilcruise/Killeen/Barrowhouse are digging each others graves and yet they've already found the solution in Na Fianna Og. They could have a very nice thing going on there, or of course they could keep digging
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 01, 2019, 10:13:39 AM
The game last night was men against boys, or boys against grandads maybe. Kilcruise/Killeen/Barrowhouse are digging each others graves and yet they've already found the solution in Na Fianna Og. They could have a very nice thing going on there, or of course they could keep digging
I’ve a funny feeling they will keep digging until each and everyone of them are in coffins .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Countyminor on August 01, 2019, 11:05:11 AM
Some great people involved in both Arles clubs but if they continue to let a family feud or whatever it is divide them then they're being shortsighted in the absolute extreme. It's time to build bridges for the sake of their best players, supporters and young lads coming through. Laois football needs credible opposition to Portlaoise, and with the talent both clubs still have at their disposal they could provide it in the short term at the very least.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on August 01, 2019, 11:36:36 AM
Some great people involved in both Arles clubs but if they continue to let a family feud or whatever it is divide them then they're being shortsighted in the absolute extreme. It's time to build bridges for the sake of their best players, supporters and young lads coming through. Laois football needs credible opposition to Portlaoise, and with the talent both clubs still have at their disposal they could provide it in the short term at the very least.
I would have always admired Arles Kilcruise for how they dug out a senior title and a couple(?) of final appearances on top of that. Killeen too made the best use of their resources and with the transfers they also did well.

But surely now the time has come for both of them to at least talk about putting a plan in place to somehow eventually rejoin in some shape or form. Even if they wanted to retain their own clubs but put in a joint senior team it might improve standards in the area. Maybe Barrowhouse could come on board too.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Jd on August 01, 2019, 12:36:33 PM
 It all comes back to underage football courtwood last night finished with either seven or eight under 20s I think Arles probably had seven or 8 over 35. They have a good set up between Courtwood and Emo at under age with Saint Pauls I know that Arles have a couple of good teams coming through with nà Fianna Òg now so the future could be a lot better if they just put their heads together and work it out. I hope they do as there are a lot of very dedicated football man up there.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 01, 2019, 12:51:16 PM
Just to clarify . Na Fianna Og is Arles Killeen , Arles Kilcruise, Barrowhouse and Crettyard. Would an amalgamation at senior include all four clubs ??
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on August 01, 2019, 01:01:56 PM
Just to clarify . Na Fianna Og is Arles Killeen , Arles Kilcruise, Barrowhouse and Crettyard. Would an amalgamation at senior include all four clubs ??
3 Senior Clubs amalgamated underage!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Countyminor on August 01, 2019, 01:19:44 PM
Which club decided to break up the Crettyard/Killeshin setup? I've heard conflicting reports on this...
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: blueandwhite1 on August 01, 2019, 01:33:28 PM
The structure of the Laois SF championship drive some of the club structures. Far too many senior teams, many of which are way off the standard which impacts the quality of the championship.

Not that it's perfect but the standard of the hurling championship rose a good bit when they reduced to 8 senior teams and created senior A. Full amalgamations over the last 15 years have also had an invigorating effect. There are some die hards from Boris or Rathdowney that still hate the idea but they have not been allowed to overrule the majority view. Would be good to see this in football too.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on August 06, 2019, 11:14:26 AM
Kinda fancy Emo in this replay tonight. The drawn game might bring them on a little more than BA. Will be close again though I'd imagine.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Jd on August 06, 2019, 01:37:53 PM
Not too sure that Emo have much improvement left in them to be honest. I thought they started well but when BA got to grips with them they looked a better side. Emo lucky enough to get the draw and I can’t see them winning tonight.  So now of course Emo will go on and win 😉
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on August 06, 2019, 03:20:13 PM
Ballyroan to win by four.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on August 06, 2019, 09:35:59 PM
Jaysus, Emo got bulled there tonight. They kicked it away themselves too though. Exciting stuff but a bit low on quality. The referee seemed a bit card happy for me.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Unlaoised on August 06, 2019, 10:03:29 PM
A bit ...was the worst display of refereeing decisions I've seen since ....well since the same ref's last important game in the championship last year .

He is just nowhere near the standard and looses control of things in these sort of games .

This has been shown in the past .
Pity because it was exciting even tho quality was low .

He added to the excitement for the neutral but for the players of both sides and esp emo it must be so frustrating to have this standard of an official.
Hope he gets no more senior games this year
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Batman!!! on August 06, 2019, 11:16:58 PM
Unfortunately that’s what’s out there. And he’s deemed an inter county referee. By my readings we have lost Strong, Kinsella, Flynn and the two Moore’s from the group who done senior in 2018. And I’m told Joe Brennan didn’t pass the fitness test so that’s another one missing.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on August 06, 2019, 11:56:59 PM
For those who didn't hear the final score..

Ballyroan Abbey     1-10
Emo                         0-12

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Keyser Söze on August 07, 2019, 08:45:13 AM
For those who didn't hear the final score..

Ballyroan Abbey     1-10
Emo                         0-12


Is this for those without internet access? Cheers.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Don Draper on August 07, 2019, 09:41:36 AM
A bit ...was the worst display of refereeing decisions I've seen since ....well since the same ref's last important game in the championship last year .

He is just nowhere near the standard and looses control of things in these sort of games .

This has been shown in the past .
Pity because it was exciting even tho quality was low .

He added to the excitement for the neutral but for the players of both sides and esp emo it must be so frustrating to have this standard of an official.
Hope he gets no more senior games this year
This isn't your first time to attack this referee, or others. Maybe take up the whistle yourself.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on August 07, 2019, 11:42:01 PM
For those who didn't hear the final score..

Ballyroan Abbey     1-10
Emo                         0-12


Is this for those without internet access? Cheers.
Obviously.    :P

Actually I know quite a few elderly (and not so elderly) people who browse this forum for all their Laois results and news as they don't really have enough knowledge to do much more on the net apart from clicking on a shortcut that someone has set up for them.

The above game was being talked about but no final score had been given so I thought I'd fill in the blanks for other peoples benifit.
Sorry if you feel its a bit silly but not everyone can do what most of us can...

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: les Antiques on August 08, 2019, 07:09:47 AM
Fair play Junior . All links etc appreciated !
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Keyser Söze on August 08, 2019, 10:03:47 AM
It was banter. Post away!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Junior Ex Laoistalk on August 09, 2019, 11:53:13 PM
Seeing that I have Keyser Söze blessing and permission here is a result from tonight's Senior Football Championship.  ;)

St. Joseph's    2-10
The Heath       0-12
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Jd on August 12, 2019, 05:30:11 PM
I thought port were the team to beat Portlaoise this year but they didn’t impress me at all on Saturday. Wide open at the back and McMahon took his man to the cleaners. Port weren’t interested when the hitting began but looked very good going forward at pace. Fair play to them for digging out the dray though. Any thoughts on the phantom goal??? Young Doyle actually hit the net and the ball was ahead of him was my view of it
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Chrimtain on August 12, 2019, 05:37:39 PM
Interesting debate here. I would be all for introducing-divisional-teams-into-the-club-championships....

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/08/12/talking-point-should-laois-gaa-look-at-introducing-divisional-teams-into-the-club-championships/
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: BallyroanAbu on August 12, 2019, 10:39:28 PM
I thought port were the team to beat Portlaoise this year but they didn’t impress me at all on Saturday. Wide open at the back and McMahon took his man to the cleaners. Port weren’t interested when the hitting began but looked very good going forward at pace. Fair play to them for digging out the dray though. Any thoughts on the phantom goal??? Young Doyle actually hit the net and the ball was ahead of him was my view of it

Have seen video of "goal" hard to say and that's with a video.  So Ref's decision final and we move on, hopefully BallyroanAbbey back this up with a similar performance on Wednesday. 

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: merman on August 13, 2019, 12:08:07 AM
Interesting debate here. I would be all for introducing-divisional-teams-into-the-club-championships....

https://www.laoistoday.ie/2019/08/12/talking-point-should-laois-gaa-look-at-introducing-divisional-teams-into-the-club-championships/

I've yet to see a valid reason for Divisional Teams.
I think they give an easy out to clubs.

Look at what Courtwood have done. Yes, they play as an amalgamated team at juvenile but they have produced players consistently capable of playing at 'A' grade and now look at home at senior level. Yes, it'll be tough making that next step up to being real bona fide contenders but that'll be a better story than a ragtag amalgamation of clubs and players looking for a quick fix.

It happened with Castletown in the 90s. Clough/Ballacolla to a lesser extent in the 00s. Clubs that went from junior/intermediate to senior after huge work at underage level. Both were consistent at underage level for a decade and eventually these lads filtered through.

The issue with competitiveness isn't a lack of Divisional Teams. It's clubs not making a mature and reasoned decision. Either they find a way to bring through a greater number of players capable of playing at underage 'A' level or they seek to create parish amalgamations like Rathdowney and Errill or Borris and Kilcotton. Both made difficult but brave decisions that have certainly benefited the players in both clubs.

The main support for the idea I've seen on social media extends to doing this to 'Stop Portlaoise' or 'Sure what's the harm in trying it?'.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on August 13, 2019, 08:57:51 AM
In theory, you're spot on Merman. Then there's the flip side of the coin. Lads with ability in smaller clubs or clubs not going too well tend to blend in to their surroundings. Do we discard them altogether?

The key here could be to play a couple of rounds of the Senior Championship in May, and allow interested players to play Senior with clubs at that point. Then in August, they can still kick with the senior club and play with their own club in the lower grades. It would need dedication, bit surely these are the type of players we're looking for anyway? There's no need for a Divisional side, but it's certainly more appealing than a 16 team Senior and 8 team Intermediate. That makes no sense at all, particularly with some Senior teams only getting to play 2 Championship matches. How can that ever lead to personal improvement in a county where the League is largely irrelevant
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Zooming around on August 13, 2019, 02:12:42 PM
In theory, you're spot on Merman. Then there's the flip side of the coin. Lads with ability in smaller clubs or clubs not going too well tend to blend in to their surroundings. Do we discard them altogether?

The key here could be to play a couple of rounds of the Senior Championship in May, and allow interested players to play Senior with clubs at that point. Then in August, they can still kick with the senior club and play with their own club in the lower grades. It would need dedication, bit surely these are the type of players we're looking for anyway? There's no need for a Divisional side, but it's certainly more appealing than a 16 team Senior and 8 team Intermediate. That makes no sense at all, particularly with some Senior teams only getting to play 2 Championship matches. How can that ever lead to personal improvement in a county where the League is largely irrelevant

Is it not a minimum of three games in the Senior no matter what
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on August 13, 2019, 02:34:30 PM
In theory, you're spot on Merman. Then there's the flip side of the coin. Lads with ability in smaller clubs or clubs not going too well tend to blend in to their surroundings. Do we discard them altogether?

The key here could be to play a couple of rounds of the Senior Championship in May, and allow interested players to play Senior with clubs at that point. Then in August, they can still kick with the senior club and play with their own club in the lower grades. It would need dedication, bit surely these are the type of players we're looking for anyway? There's no need for a Divisional side, but it's certainly more appealing than a 16 team Senior and 8 team Intermediate. That makes no sense at all, particularly with some Senior teams only getting to play 2 Championship matches. How can that ever lead to personal improvement in a county where the League is largely irrelevant

Is it not a minimum of three games in the Senior no matter what
Correct.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on August 13, 2019, 03:08:25 PM
Disappointed with the quality of the games I saw this weekend.

I suppose the weather on Saturday affected the games. Ballyfin played some nice football in the first game and Crettyard must be hot favourites to go down now. They look a very disjointed outfit.

In the second game, Portlaoise were well below par and I think it shows that they might be there to be got at by a well organised team with a little bit more quality than Courtwood. To be fair to them, Courtwood gave it a really good go and can only improve from the game.

The third game was ruined by the weather. I think the smallish, light Port team would go better on a dry, fine day. Fancy them to win the replay. Ballyroan Abbey got a few breaks on the night.  

I missed the early games Sunday. Saw half of the Emo Stradbally game. Emo far better team. Stradbally had too many passengers but I think may be able to stay up. Last game was very drab. Graigue kinda left it behind them. I think they led 9-5 and didn’t score again until injury time (or so it seemed). O’Dempseys would need to play a lot better to get to another county final.

Heard nothing about Josephs and The Heath. The Heath are really well off the level of senior football. If you were reducing the senior teams by three or four to bring in area teams, they would be certain to drop I’d imagine.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on August 13, 2019, 03:09:35 PM
Beg your pardon. 3 games. That shouldn't detract from the main point. If we're looking to offer a better standard of football to lads who might be interested in that, we could go Divisional sides or giving lads access to Senior clubs. Maybe someone more knowledgable could explain the rules that govern this.

Alternatively, we could keep going as we are by offering a yearly lifeline to two or three very weak Senior clubs. Sugrue's area competition complemented the current system really well and there's no doubt one or two lads emerged. But if he's gone and with him the area competition, then we have to address ways of getting good players access to Senior football.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on August 13, 2019, 03:22:47 PM
Disappointed with the quality of the games I saw this weekend.

I suppose the weather on Saturday affected the games. Ballyfin played some nice football in the first game and Crettyard must be hot favourites to go down now. They look a very disjointed outfit.

In the second game, Portlaoise were well below par and I think it shows that they might be there to be got at by a well organised team with a little bit more quality than Courtwood. To be fair to them, Courtwood gave it a really good go and can only improve from the game.

The third game was ruined by the weather. I think the smallish, light Port team would go better on a dry, fine day. Fancy them to win the replay. Ballyroan Abbey got a few breaks on the night. 

I missed the early games Sunday. Saw half of the Emo Stradbally game. Emo far better team. Stradbally had too many passengers but I think may be able to stay up. Last game was very drab. Graigue kinda left it behind them. I think they led 9-5 and didn’t score again until injury time (or so it seemed). O’Dempseys would need to play a lot better to get to another county final.

Heard nothing about Josephs and The Heath. The Heath are really well off the level of senior football. If you were reducing the senior teams by three or four to bring in area teams, they would be certain to drop I’d imagine.

Conditions were to blame for the even poorer than usual fare on Saturday evening. We have to accept that Portlaoise don't need to be at full tilt or anywhere near it in Laois. I don't think Courtwood would be worried about too many teams after Portlaoise and nor should they be. The standard has been poor for a number of years now and it's clear that a fresh approach is needed
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: merman on August 13, 2019, 03:35:09 PM
I think it's only an issue at underage level.

I presume it's fair to see Rob Tyrrell as a good example.

He came through as a fine footballer from a club where the focus is conservatively 75% hurling. As things stand now, if he was called into a Laois panel then he would be getting County training from say November-June. He'd go back and kick a bit of junior, hurl a few games and then have a couple of months to do some recovery and S&C before going back in with Laois.
Is that really an issue??

I accept, however, that there are players aged 13 right now who are potential senior footballers in 8 years. They could easily fall through the cracks.
The challenge for them is that they may be playing 'B' grade on their own or with some ramshackle amalgamation. He's likely training twice a week with 11 year olds making up the numbers and he never needs to learn the fundamental skills that are a prerequisite at the highest level. Compared that with the same footballer in Portlaoise or St Paul's and that's the issue. And I use St Paul's deliberately. Excuse me if I'm wrong on this but it seems a really good relationship. It's not an Emo or Courtwood Gaels team, the clubs involved know what they're getting out of it and they actively put work into it. The players are benefitting from the structure and the exposure to good training and 'A' competition.
In years to come, there may be a conversation about the arrangement extending to adult level but again, that's a really separate one.

The first solution to this needs to come primarily from the clubs. Look at their primary school(s), can they get 10 boys in first class still playing in 1st Year. If they do this consistently across a decade and have quality coaching, a bit of luck and things go for them, they'll improve. If they can't get those numbers through, they need to think of a way around it.

The other solution needs to come from the County. Development Panels need to look beyond the Athletic and dominant 'Big Lads' and cast a net that includes player who may be late bloomers. The balance is key.

I'm not saying for a second that this will cure the ills within our Senior Football or Hurling Championships. They're separate issues as far as I'm concerned. I do think 16 senior football clubs is too many...I actually think 8 hurling is too few. But I am adamant that Divisional Teams entering the senior championships are not the panacea that some claim.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on August 13, 2019, 04:38:22 PM
I think it's only an issue at underage level.

I presume it's fair to see Rob Tyrrell as a good example.

He came through as a fine footballer from a club where the focus is conservatively 75% hurling. As things stand now, if he was called into a Laois panel then he would be getting County training from say November-June. He'd go back and kick a bit of junior, hurl a few games and then have a couple of months to do some recovery and S&C before going back in with Laois.
Is that really an issue??

I accept, however, that there are players aged 13 right now who are potential senior footballers in 8 years. They could easily fall through the cracks.
The challenge for them is that they may be playing 'B' grade on their own or with some ramshackle amalgamation. He's likely training twice a week with 11 year olds making up the numbers and he never needs to learn the fundamental skills that are a prerequisite at the highest level. Compared that with the same footballer in Portlaoise or St Paul's and that's the issue. And I use St Paul's deliberately. Excuse me if I'm wrong on this but it seems a really good relationship. It's not an Emo or Courtwood Gaels team, the clubs involved know what they're getting out of it and they actively put work into it. The players are benefitting from the structure and the exposure to good training and 'A' competition.
In years to come, there may be a conversation about the arrangement extending to adult level but again, that's a really separate one.

The first solution to this needs to come primarily from the clubs. Look at their primary school(s), can they get 10 boys in first class still playing in 1st Year. If they do this consistently across a decade and have quality coaching, a bit of luck and things go for them, they'll improve. If they can't get those numbers through, they need to think of a way around it.

The other solution needs to come from the County. Development Panels need to look beyond the Athletic and dominant 'Big Lads' and cast a net that includes player who may be late bloomers. The balance is key.

I'm not saying for a second that this will cure the ills within our Senior Football or Hurling Championships. They're separate issues as far as I'm concerned. I do think 16 senior football clubs is too many...I actually think 8 hurling is too few. But I am adamant that Divisional Teams entering the senior championships are not the panacea that some claim.
Not disagreeing with any of your post but (and I stand to be corrected on this) isn't Rob Tyrell a Dublin born lad who only moved to Camross aged around 13 or 14? He actually might not be the best example but I know where you are coming from.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on August 13, 2019, 05:40:02 PM
I think it's only an issue at underage level.

I presume it's fair to see Rob Tyrrell as a good example.

He came through as a fine footballer from a club where the focus is conservatively 75% hurling. As things stand now, if he was called into a Laois panel then he would be getting County training from say November-June. He'd go back and kick a bit of junior, hurl a few games and then have a couple of months to do some recovery and S&C before going back in with Laois.
Is that really an issue??

I accept, however, that there are players aged 13 right now who are potential senior footballers in 8 years. They could easily fall through the cracks.
The challenge for them is that they may be playing 'B' grade on their own or with some ramshackle amalgamation. He's likely training twice a week with 11 year olds making up the numbers and he never needs to learn the fundamental skills that are a prerequisite at the highest level. Compared that with the same footballer in Portlaoise or St Paul's and that's the issue. And I use St Paul's deliberately. Excuse me if I'm wrong on this but it seems a really good relationship. It's not an Emo or Courtwood Gaels team, the clubs involved know what they're getting out of it and they actively put work into it. The players are benefitting from the structure and the exposure to good training and 'A' competition.
In years to come, there may be a conversation about the arrangement extending to adult level but again, that's a really separate one.

The first solution to this needs to come primarily from the clubs. Look at their primary school(s), can they get 10 boys in first class still playing in 1st Year. If they do this consistently across a decade and have quality coaching, a bit of luck and things go for them, they'll improve. If they can't get those numbers through, they need to think of a way around it.

The other solution needs to come from the County. Development Panels need to look beyond the Athletic and dominant 'Big Lads' and cast a net that includes player who may be late bloomers. The balance is key.

I'm not saying for a second that this will cure the ills within our Senior Football or Hurling Championships. They're separate issues as far as I'm concerned. I do think 16 senior football clubs is too many...I actually think 8 hurling is too few. But I am adamant that Divisional Teams entering the senior championships are not the panacea that some claim.

Good post in fairness. Good common sense. I'm neither for or against Divisioal teams but I am in favour of getting lads involved with Senior football in whatever guise that takes. Sugrue in fairness trawled the county, but it was only a snapshot. Consistent exposure to good coaching and good football is what some lads need, and at the moment, there are many lads slipping through the cracks
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on August 13, 2019, 10:20:06 PM
Beg your pardon. 3 games. That shouldn't detract from the main point. If we're looking to offer a better standard of football to lads who might be interested in that, we could go Divisional sides or giving lads access to Senior clubs. Maybe someone more knowledgable could explain the rules that govern this.
Not going to claim to be more knowledgeable, but a non senior club player can't play with a senior club team. That's why the "Gaels" teams are no longer allowed.
The only way a non senior club player can play in the senior championship is if the county board accept the entry of a team formed by two or more non senior clubs.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: High Fielder on August 13, 2019, 10:44:47 PM
Which has been done before and rejected. Thanks PRO
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Laoiseabu on August 16, 2019, 03:55:40 PM
All gone very quiet here lately . Port were by far the better team in the replay . The pace in the side really stood out . It would be a fairly good tussle between themselves and Portlaoise , two similar style teams with similar enough players . Anyone know why Adam Ryan is only coming in as a sub ? Also anyone know where Cathal Ryan is ? And young Diarmuid Bennett that was full back for the u20s last year ? Didn’t see the big McCann chap either ? Or young Kennedy in the backs who was a sub for the u20s this year ?the goalkeeper Osborne was injured too . Steven Lyons wasn’t togged out either
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on August 16, 2019, 04:21:08 PM
All gone very quiet here lately . Port were by far the better team in the replay . The pace in the side really stood out . It would be a fairly good tussle between themselves and Portlaoise , two similar style teams with similar enough players . Anyone know why Adam Ryan is only coming in as a sub ? Also anyone know where Cathal Ryan is ? And young Diarmuid Bennett that was full back for the u20s last year ? Didn’t see the big McCann chap either ? Or young Kennedy in the backs who was a sub for the u20s this year ?the goalkeeper Osborne was injured too . Steven Lyons wasn’t togged out either
Bennett is in America for the summer. I think Kennedy was a sub and McCann too.
On the round 3 draw, I reckon Ballyfin and Killeen were probably happy enough to draw each other. They'll both fancy their chances.
You could say the same about Ballylinan v Courtwood.
I think Ballyroan and Joseph's could be close too, maybe Ballyroan to edge it.
Emo v Graigue? Maybe Emo by a few points. Depends if Graigue get a couple back from injury and travel.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Chrimtain on August 16, 2019, 08:28:07 PM
All gone very quiet here lately . Port were by far the better team in the replay . The pace in the side really stood out . It would be a fairly good tussle between themselves and Portlaoise , two similar style teams with similar enough players . Anyone know why Adam Ryan is only coming in as a sub ? Also anyone know where Cathal Ryan is ? And young Diarmuid Bennett that was full back for the u20s last year ? Didn’t see the big McCann chap either ? Or young Kennedy in the backs who was a sub for the u20s this year ?the goalkeeper Osborne was injured too . Steven Lyons wasn’t togged out either

Portarlington, with their strongest fifteen out, could pose a real threat to Portlaoise this year. They are potentially a very pacey side. However, possibly due to their inexperience, they can be inconsistent. I think Adam Ryan is not starting yet because he is only coming back after a hand injury. If Ryan was interested, he is one who, in my opinion, a new manager should attempt to bring back into the Laois fold.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: les Antiques on August 18, 2019, 11:37:03 AM
Wholeheartedly agree . Definitely worth a look at . Always thought he would could  be involved in the county set up .
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Countyminor on August 18, 2019, 02:06:47 PM
Based on current evidence so far I'd say O'Dempsey's are still a bit ahead of Port but Port have a higher ceiling. We'll see Port win county titles in the next few years but it won't be this year. Definitely a coming team and one to watch out for going forward.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: BallyroanAbu on August 18, 2019, 06:46:45 PM
On what I have seen maybe I am wrong but I have
1 Portlaoise (still think they won't win it this year have no idea whose going to beat them but think it will happen)
2 O Dempsey's (Clear second best impressed with the way they dealt with Graigue while playing poorly)
3 Portarlington (Potential but they are a distant third, while ahead of the rest)

But what do I know I had Ballylinan as Dark Horses for Championship, so far they have been poor.  Kilcruise unlucky to lose the other night.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on August 19, 2019, 05:41:52 PM
How I'd rank the remaining 12...

1.       Portlaoise – possible signs in the Courtwood game that they are not the team they were but with Carroll, Holland, Glynn and possibly Brody to come back in, wouldn’t bet against them.

2.       Port – very talented team but might lack a bit of physical strength and size. I rate them slightly ahead of their neighbours.

3.       O’Dempseys – beaten finalists last year but haven’t added to their team with possible exception of Brian Meredith. Will be there or thereabouts

4.       Emo – this might surprise some people but they have a very nice balance to their team. A bit weak at the back though. In very hard luck against B Abbey.

5.       Killeshin – have done nothing wrong so far. Two solid wins although left it late against A Killeen. Scope for improvement with three very good lads returning from USA.

6.       Ballyroan Abbey – unlucky to have to go to two replays. Think they will edge Josephs. A young team with big potential to improve.

7.       Graigue – far too inconsistent to win it but capable on their day of beating anyone. I think Emo will scrape by them although if Byrne and O'Reilly come back, maybe not.

8.       Ballylinan – Haven’t impressed yet but Walsh’s return might just get them into a quarter final. Dunne is one of the best forwards in the championship.

9.       Josephs – Should be way better than they are showing. A lot of lads miss a year here and there and they never seem to be working off a full squad.

10.   Courtwood – Good first 15 but I have doubts about their bench. Ballylinan game could be a bridge too far. Donoher not being fully fit is a huge blow for them.

11.   Arles Killeen – An aging team who depend so much on Donie K (and to a lesser extent his brother). Got a fortunate draw in Round 3 though.

12.   Ballyfin – Could leave me with a red face as they played very well against Crettyard. Wouldn’t be huge shock if they beat A Killeen but I can’t see them stopping the Kingstons.

Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Keyser Söze on August 19, 2019, 05:43:56 PM
Out of curiosity, what is the story with Brody? Apparently he is playing junior Hurling now!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Silkyskillssunshinee on August 19, 2019, 05:49:05 PM
THE PRO I think you're underestimating Courtwood a fair bit. They could just as easily be ranked second. How many teams will get within 6 of Portlaoise?
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on August 19, 2019, 08:56:24 PM
THE PRO I think you're underestimating Courtwood a fair bit. They could just as easily be ranked second. How many teams will get within 6 of Portlaoise?
Yes, I could as easily have had them 4th or 5th. I don't think there's much between 7 or 8 of the teams left.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Jd on August 19, 2019, 10:48:09 PM
Are you from aymo by any chance??? I’d have em 8th or 9th at most would have Ballyroan Graiguecullen Joseph’s and courtwood a bit ahead of them to be honest
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: The PRO on August 20, 2019, 09:36:58 AM
Are you from aymo by any chance??? I’d have em 8th or 9th at most would have Ballyroan Graiguecullen Joseph’s and courtwood a bit ahead of them to be honest
Ah look, just did it for a bit of craic/debate. Can't argue with you. Not much between any of them. I just have a sneaking feeling that Emo could take Graigue and who knows after that? And no, I'm not from Aymo!
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: Countyminor on August 20, 2019, 01:54:12 PM
Based on what I've seen so far I'd go with
1. Portlaoise
2. O'Dempseys
3. Port
4. Killeshin
5. Graigue
6. Courtwood
7. Ballyroan
8. Emo

You could throw a blanket over Killeen, Ballylinan, Joseph's and Ballyfin who I could easily see beating Killeen. Hard to pick who'll go down but I suppose the popular pick would be Crettyard, but given how bad Stradbally and The Heath have been I'd give them a chance.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on August 20, 2019, 02:43:45 PM
Based on what I've seen so far I'd go with
1. Portlaoise
2. O'Dempseys
3. Port
4. Killeshin
5. Graigue
6. Courtwood
7. Ballyroan
8. Emo

You could throw a blanket over Killeen, Ballylinan, Joseph's and Ballyfin who I could easily see beating Killeen. Hard to pick who'll go down but I suppose the popular pick would be Crettyard, but given how bad Stradbally and The Heath have been I'd give them a chance.
The Heath seem to be well able to avoid the trap door despite coming close nearly every year. I think they'll beat Stradbally. Crettyard are in a bit of transition and Arles might edge them. I actually think Stradbally are in danger of dropping.
Title: Re: Laois Senior Football Championship 2019
Post by: SCFC on August 21, 2019, 09:52:30 AM
Paddy Power ranks them as follows -

Portlaoise 1-4
Port and O'D's 9-1
Killeshin 10-1
Graigue 20-1
Killeen, Joe's, Emo and BA 25-1
Ballylinan 28-1
Courtwood 33-1
Ballyfin 100-1

Boyle's are a bit different -

Portlaoise 4-11
Port 15-2
O'D's 9-1
Killeshin 12-1
BA 16-1
Graigue 20-1
Joe's 28-1
Killeen, Ballylinan and Courtwood 33-1
Ballyfin and Emo 50-1