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Laois hurling team to play in the curtain raiser ahead of Kilkenny and Wexford

Shanahoe Gaels took on Windgap of Kilkenny in the the Leinster Hurling Division 3 league final today
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The GAA game of the weekend takes place in Innovate Wexford Park on Saturday when Kilkenny play Wexford in the Leinster SHC semi-final.

It’s a much-hyped game that sees Davy Fitzgerald take on Brian Cody with a Leinster final against Galway (more than likely) the prize for the winners.

The live TV cameras will be in the Wexford venue and a full house expected. The place should be buzzing.

For one Laois team, they’re going to experience it first hand. Shanahoe Gaels – Shanahoe and Ballypickas – will play Kilkenny side Windgap in the curtain raiser, the Leinster Senior League Division 3 final.

Shanahoe Gaels will play in the Laois SHC ‘A’ (the second tier) but as a Gaels team aren’t permitted to play in the Laois league, where Shanahoe sit mid table in Division 1A (again in the second tier) while Ballypickas are top of Division 3 (the fourth tier). As well as playing in the Leinster League they were also able to play in the pre-season Palmer Cup final where they reached the final only to be beaten by Camross.

Combined they have gone unbeaten in this Leinster competition, claiming wins over Carrig & Riverstown (Offaly), Kilmacud Crokes (Dublin) and Maynooth (Kildare) in the group stages and then Piltown (Kilkenny) in the semi-final.

Windgap also topped their group thanks to wins over Eire Og (Kildare), Kevins Hurling Club (Dublin) and a walkover from St Patrick’s (Wicklow). They then beat Carrig & Riverstown in the semi-final.

Saturday’s game throws in at 5pm in Wexford with the Kilkenny outfit having the benefit of their county supporters who’ll be making their way into the ground for the big game which gets underway at 7pm.

SEE ALSO – All of this week’s Laois GAA fixtures

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