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The state of play ahead of the final games in the Leinster hurling Round Robin

Matthew Whelan on the attack for Laois against Kerry in the NHL Division 1B game in 2016

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After a break of a week the Laois senior hurlers are back in action this Sunday when they travel to Tralee to play Kerry in the final round of the Leinster SHC Round Robin.

Thanks to wins over Westmeath and Meath in their opening games, Laois are as good as into the quarter-finals. For Laois to miss out, Kerry would need to record at least a 12-point win while Meath would need to beat Westmeath by 17 points.

So barring a disaster and two one-sided games, Laois will be in the draw for a quarter-final place – where they will play either Wexford or Offaly on the weekend of May 27/28.

The draw for the quarter-finals will be made on RTE Radio One’s Sunday Sports programme from Cusack Park in Mullingar after the other Round Robin game between Westmeath and Meath.

If Kerry and Laois are the qualifying teams, both quarter-finals will be played at O’Moore Park on Saturday, May 27. Otherwise, the quarter-final involving Wexford will be played on the Sunday with Wexford away.

Laois will be without Cahir Healy (hamstring) and Willie Dunphy (concussion) and while Ryan Mullaney and John Lennon have returned to training, they are unlikely to be fit enough to feature on Sunday.

It’ll be the third meeting of Laois and Kerry this year – and the fifth in just over a year. Kerry won twice in 2016 as well as the opening round of this year’s league before Laois turned the tables and won the relegation playoff after extra time in O’Moore Park in April.

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