The draws for the Louth GAA Football Championship group stages were made at Darver Centre of Excellence tonight where John Mitchels, Westerns GFC and Sean McDermotts were all grouped together in the Junior section.
In the senior draw, Ardee St Marys have been grouped with the side that beat them in last year’s Championship final – Sean O’Mahonys – as well as St Josephs in Group 1.
In Group 2 of the CTI Solutions Intermediate Championship, Hunterstown will face off against St Fechins and St Mochtas for a play in the knockout stages.
Anglo Printers Junior Football Championship Launch in the Centre of Excellence Darver tonight pic.twitter.com/mOcrDqHdfy
— Louth GAA (@louthgaa) March 9, 2017
Perhaps most interestingly from a local point of view, the Anglo Printers Junior Football Championship Group 4 has thrown John Mitchels, Sean McDermotts and Westerns GFC together.
There, the trio will also play Wolfe Tones Football and the battle for the top two spots will surely be hotly contested with local bragging rights between the three local teams also at stake. Last year, the Seans beat the Westerns in the quarter finals en route to their last four finish.
The Mitchels will hope they can use fixtures against local rivals to make a better stab of qualification for the knockout rounds after a winless showing last time out. Reaghstown’s Westerns played Wolfe Tones in the Championship group stage last year and a five point win guaranteed their spot in the quarter finals.
As well as facing the men from Dundalk in the league, the Marys well get a Championship chance to avenge last October’s final defeat to the Sean O’Mahonys, a loss that extended the wait for a SFC title to 22 years. St Josephs return to the senior fold having defeated Mattock Rangers in last year’s Intermediate Final.
The Joes were the team that denied Hunterstown a place in last year’s Intermediate Final with a win at the semi-final stage and Jim Matthews’ Rovers will he hopeful they have navigate their way past the Termonfeckin and Louth Village sides respectively.
See the full draw on Louth GAA Twitter.