After another hectic week of action on the Laois club hurling scene we’ve updated our rankings again.
There’s a change at Number 1 and a lot of movers everywhere else.
25 – Mountmellick (Down 1)
They had a big win over Kyle in the JHC ‘B’ semi-final but fall one place due to Ballypickas’s win over Borris-Kilcotton in the higher grade. Still waiting to play their final against Camross but are also seeking a final place in the JHC ‘C’ having drawn with Clonaslee last week in the semi-final.
24 – Ballypickas (Up 1)
They had five starters on the Shanahoe Gaels team that pushed The Harps all the way in the SHC ‘A’ last week, with two more introduced as subs. They then followed that up with a big win in the JHC ‘A’ over Borris-Kilcotton. Have to be fancied to win that championship.
23 – Park-Ratheniska (Down 1)
Have been competitive in their two championship games but have now slumped to two losses – to Trumera and Clonad. Must beat Portlaoise to maintain their IHC status.
22 – Slieve Bloom (Up 1)
They made sure of their IHC status for another year thanks to a three-point win over Portlaoise. Play Clough-Ballacolla in the quarter-final in two weeks time when they’ll be looking to extend their season.
21 – Camross (Down 2)
Camross didn’t enjoy the best of weekends, losing two championship games alone on Sunday. Their second team is a relatively young side and they were well enough beaten by Rathdowney-Errill.
20 – Clonad (Down 2)
Despite winning at the weekend, they fall two places due in the main to the wins enjoyed by Rathdowney-Errill and Trumera in the IHC. Face Camross next in the quarter-final.
19 – Clough-Ballacolla (Down 2)
Another club who endured a disappointing weekend, their second team losing on Sunday morning after the first team had been beaten on Saturday evening. Will be fancied to beat Slieve Bloom in the quarter-final and could still have a big part to play in this championship.
18 – Trumera (Up 3)
Getting the better of last year’s beaten finalists Clough-Ballacolla was a good win and they can now look forward to a semi-final. They’ve come through two tight battles and look a good bet to go all the way in the IHC.
17 – Rathdowney-Erill (Up 3)
They lost a couple of players to their first team but still had far too much for Camross. If they can keep this team together they definitely should have a great chance of making the final at least.
16 – Borris-Kilcotton (No Change)
Their performance against Mountrath was much improved from their first round loss to Clonaslee but they still went down in the end and for the second successive year will be in a relegation playoff.
15 – Shanahoe Gaels (No Change)
After being hammered by Colt Gaels in the opening round they redeemed themselves with a fine performance against The Harps and were still in with a shout in injury time. Should have enough to stay up.
14 – Mountrath (No Change)
Trailed Borris-Kilcotton in their SHC ‘A’ game for a while but eventually did enough to pull through. Play Rosenallis now in the quarter-final where they’d love to get one over on their neighbours.
13 – Clonaslee (No Change)
Scoring only 1-4 in a championship game is a seriously poor return and they’ll be disappointed with their display against Colt on Saturday. They know there’s plenty of improvement in them however and they’ll have a rattle at The Harps in the quarter-final.
12 – Colt Gaels (No Change)
Two games, two wins and just 3-11 conceded in the championship so far. Only scoring 1-8 against Clonaslee will be a cause for concern but they’re in a semi-final now, having done all that was asked of them up to now.
11 – The Harps (Down 1)
A second successive drop in our rankings despite their win over Shanahoe Gaels on Friday night. Have plenty of ability but haven’t shown enough of a killer instinct in this championship yet. Still need to go up a gear if they’re to be contenders.
10 – Rosenallis (Down 1)
Their first round win over The Harps was a fine performance but they weren’t near as impressive against Ballyfin Gaels, losing by five points. Now play Mountrath in the quarter-final with Colt awaiting the winners in the last four.
9 – Ballyfin Gaels (Up 2)
Last year’s beaten finalists are back in the semi-final again following two straight wins. Had five points to spare over Rosenallis but will still need to improve if they’re to go all the way.
8 – Portlaoise (No Change)
Injuries are killing them and the senior championship is an unforgiving place for a young and inexperienced team. Have been beat by a combined total of 30 points in their two games but can still be expected to throw everything at Castletown in their bid to stay up.
7 – Castletown (No Change)
They’ve been competitive in their two games against Abbeyleix and Ballinakill Gaels but have failed to see out either game. Will be fancied to get the better of Portlaoise but can’t afford to get complacent.
6 – Clough-Ballacolla (Down 2)
Their season has completely fallen apart after such a bright league campaign. Sank like a stone against Borris-Kilcotton and now face a Camross side that beat them by 22 points in the league final. Need to put in a performance that shows their better than those recent defeats.
5 – Ballinakill Gaels (Up 1)
Are sneaking up our rankings and while they had a nervous final few moments against Castletown, the manner in which they recovered from a poor start was very impressive. Will go in as underdogs against Camross but won’t be far away.
4 – Rathdowney-Errill (Down 1)
It’s a bit harsh to win by 21 points yet fall one place. Have put in two good performances against Camross and Portlaoise and won’t be far away from winning it outright once again.
3 – Camross (Down 2)
They went into the weekend as the Number 1 ranked side but despite battling really well were turned over by Abbeyleix and can have no real complaints. Will fancy their chances of bouncing back and getting into a semi-final but they’ve improving to do if they’re to go all the way.
2 – Abbeyleix (Up 3)
They hung on and only won by a point in the end by Abbeyleix’s performance against Camross was a really admirable one – their first win over the Laois kingpins since 1945. You’d fear that the five-week break might not be a good thing for them but they’ve shown now that they can really mix it with the big boys.
1 – Borris-Kilcotton (Up 1)
Having 19 points to spare over Clough-Ballacolla, the champions from two years ago, was an impressive result with Aaron Dunphy the star of the show. PJ Scully wasn’t at his best either so if he’s at 100%, they’ll take serious beating. Have taken back the Number 1 spot in some style.
SEE ALSO – Here’s our hurling Team of the Week