The launch of the 2012 Louth Ladies Football Championships took place on Saturday night last in the Fairways Hotel, Dundalk.
There was a fine turn out with two representatives from nearly all of the competing clubs in attendance.
The Louth team which has qualified for the Leinster Junior final on Sunday were also present as were the county’s U16 squad who also qualified for the provincial decider in their grade.
The club championship gets underway on July 22 with the prospect of a feast of fantastic football in the various grades.
In the Senior, Stabannon will be aiming to make it four titles in succession but will face strong resistance from the likes of last years Intermediate champions Newtown Blues and St Mochtas who have installed boss Louth manager Noel Brady as their manager.
The Louth Village side scored a morale boosting win over Cooley in last Sunday week’s nine-a-side final. Kickhams themselves have been building up a strong panel in recent times and have a formidable record in this competition having won 10 of the 22 championship finals played since the formation of the County Board in 1991 and are a side which can never be discounted.
Roche, whose emerging and exciting young team gave a fine account of themselves in last season’s decider and underlined their growing reputation with an excellent showing in the recent Division One League final where they were considered by many unlucky to only draw with Stabannon, are another threat to the mid-Louth outfit.
Geraldines have a difficult start against the champions but Stabannon will be wary of a side that contains many talented players such as county stars Sandra Lynch, Gillian McDonnell and rising star Rebecca Carr.
The Intermediate grade is again certain to be keenly contested and gets underway with a local derby between St Kevin’s and Naomh Mairtin with the winners advancing to meet St Patrick’s in the semi-final.
The other semi final sees the 2009 and 2011 Junior Champions, Dowdallshill meet Naomh Fionnbarra.
In the Junior Championship, St Brides will be determined to atone for their surprise defeat to the Finbarrs in last year’s final while St Fechin’s, Kilkerley, Glen Emmets and Dreadnots will quietly fancy their chances.
A new championship has been added this year with the introduction of the Junior 2 grade. Na Piarsaigh may start as slight favorites with newcomers Mattock Rangers, St Nicholas, Cuchullain Gaels, St Mochtas B and Sean McDermotts completing the line-up