Previewing a bumper day of Saturday hurling in Laois

first_img Facebook Twitter New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Previous articleDeaths in Laois – Saturday, September 22, 2018Next articleMy Club & I: Meet the Slieve Bloom girl loving life in a man’s world Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Council Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding WhatsApp Brought to you in association with Fingleton White EngineeringWhat a day of hurling this promises to be. Facebook Pinterest TAGSGAA Previews Home Sport GAA Previewing a bumper day of Saturday hurling in Laois SportGAAHurling RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR By Alan Hartnett – 22nd September 2018 Twitter Pinterest SEE ALSO – Twitter reacts to the final episode in ‘The Town’ documentary series Previewing a bumper day of Saturday hurling in Laois WhatsApp Community We have semi finals in the Senior A hurling championship in Mountrath.While silverware will be up for grabs in O’Moore Park as the JHC and IHC finals will be played.Here we will take a look at the games in more details.Laois SHC ‘A’ Semi final – Clonaslee-St Manman’s v PortlaoiseIn Mountrath at 4pmThese two sides clashed in the second round of the group stages with Clonaslee winning comfortably.There was ten points between the teams that day as Clonaslee went on to top the group and qualify directly for the semi finals.Clonaslee led by four at the break and a second half goal from John Rowney saw them run out 1-17 to 0-10 winners.Portlaoise defeated Trumera to reach the quarter finals where they needed late Aaron Bergin points to defeat Shanahoe Gaels two weeks ago.They have got the likes of Tommy Fitzgerald, Frank Flanagan and Joe Geaney back now so they will be stronger.Cahir Healy is also far sharper and Clonaslee will have to contend with the five week gap since their last competitive game.It will be closer and perhaps Portlaoise have gained enough momentum now to reach the final.Verdict: PortlaoiseLaois SHC ‘A’ Semi final – The Harps v RosenallisIn Mountrath at 5.30pmThis is the first competitive meeting between these two since last year when Rosenallis shocked The Harps by a point in Round 1 of the competition.Back then, Rosenallis won by 1-15 to 1-14 but much have changed for these two since.Rosenallis won Division 1A of the hurling league but a defeat to rivals Clonaslee in the group stages sent them to the quarter finals where they won easily against 2017 defeated finalists Colt Gaels.The Harps cruised through their group with wins over Shanahoe Gaels, Mountrath and Colt Gaels.Fintan Deegan seems to have them firing and after a solid year competing at the top grade in the league, they looked primed to win this competition outright.Verdict: The HarpsLaois JHC Final – Mountmellick v CastletownIn O’Moore Park at 5pmMountmellick are trying to win back-to-back championships but standing in their way are Castletown.Mountmellick blazed a trail in the Junior B last year and have carried that form in here with wins over Borris-Kilcotton, Portlaoise and The Harps.Castletown reached this stage after defeating The Harps and playing last year’s defeated finalists Rathdowney-Errill three times.They drew with them first and then won the replay before triumphing again in the semi final against the same opponents.They are benefitting from their Gaels arrangement at senior level as players of the calibre of Loughlin Hegarty and James Mullaney who may have been lost to their seniors in previous years.But Mountmellick have real scoring power with Mick Bermingham, Donnacha Hartnett and co which may be the difference in the end.Verdict: MountmellickLaois IHC Final – Slieve Bloom v CamrossIn O’Moore Park at 7pmNeighbours will go to battle in the second game in O’Moore Park this evening.Slieve Bloom won the Junior A hurling championship in 2016 and are looking to step up another grade for the second time in three years.They are managed by former Cork hurler Ger Manley and have already defeated the team they will face this evening.The sides clashed in Round 2 where Slieve Bloom won by 1-27 to 2-11 and qualified for the semi finals – after defeating Clonad in Round 1.Camross went on from there and narrowly defeated Ballypickas Gaels before stunning Borris-Kilcotton who were relegated from Senior A last year.On paper, Slieve Bloom should win comfortably but when it comes to a final Camross always raise their game.But even that may not be enough here.Verdict: Slieve Bloom Community Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ last_img

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