All Ireland Senior Championship Laois -v- Tipperary

All Ireland Senior /Intermediate Championship Preview 2.8.09
(Michael Forde Leinster PRO)

All Ireland Senior Championship
Laois -v- Tipperary

Laois kick off their TG4 all Ireland senior championship campaign on Sunday next against Tipperary, The game will throw in at 6.45 and TG4 will be screening the game live.
The Premier county are the reigning TG4 all Ireland Intermediate champions, and in fairness they will be looking to build on last years success.
Laois, on the other hand, have had a topsy turvy season to date, losing out to neighbours Kildare (3-18 to 3-12) in the TG4 Leinster senior championship semi-finals, the O’Moore ladies were favourites to progress ,but Kildare took them all the way ,to run out eventual winner after extra time, however, the Lilies were over powered by Dublin in the TG4 Leinster senior championship final.
For much of this season Laois have been with out the services of one of their top stars, Tracey Lawlor, Lawlor broke her leg playing in the Bord Gais Energy NFL, and although Lawlor is back taking part in light training sessions, it is doubtful she will take part in Sundays game.
You would have to blow a heavy dust off the history books to find the last time these two sides competed against each other in championship football, so, I didn’t bother, because at the end of the day, the only game that matters will take place in O Connor Park, Tullamore on Sunday next.
Laois manager Brendan Hadden is not looking any further than this weekends game, he commented that “the team have to put their recent defeat to Kildare firmly behind them, the squad have been very committed in their preparations for this crucial game” Hadden also added that ” Tipperary are a strong team, they were runners up in division 2 of the NFL, so we will be giving them full respect, but Laois will be fully focused on getting a win on Sunday”.

All Ireland Intermediate Championship (Group ‘B’)
Venue: Mullinavat.
Throw in 3pm.
Kilkenny welcome near neighbours Waterford to Mullinvat on Sunday next (9.8.09) for their 3rd round championship game. Kilkenny have won one and lost one to date, but their most recent win over Roscommon was a major boost for the cats going in to Sundays game.
Waterford were relegated from senior earlier this year when they were beaten by Meath, the Déise competed in division 2 of the Bord Gais Energy NFL, losing out to Tipperary in the semi-finals.
In this years TG4 all Ireland Intermediate championship, Waterford, like Kilkenny, have won one and lost one. In their first round game they had a narrow win over Westmeath (2-15 to 3-11) but in their second round game they were beaten by current TG4 Leinster Intermediate champions Longford (0-14 to 0-17).
The stats from both Kilkenny’s and Waterford’s recent championship games show that the Déise have a preference for taking points, having amassed a total of twenty nine points in two games, while the cats have only registered seven from two games played, but the Cats will have to be fully focused if they are to bag all three points on Sunday next, and Paul Whelan and Co. are no strangers to upsetting the record books over the past number of seasons.
Best of luck to all…

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