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A preview of tonight’s Minor Hurling Championship final

The new fixtures for the hurling championships are here

Tonight sees O’Moore Park host the last ever Minor A Hurling Championship final.

The age grade will be scrapped at the end of this year with the U-17 championship, which is taking place later this year, becoming the primary competition.

This will be the first meeting of these two sides in this final since 1993.

In that game, Castletown were captained by David Cuddy and tonight his son Tadhg will line out in attack.

Camross had Martin Gaughan in their ranks 24 years ago and now his son Eoin will captain the team as they bid to claim the Harry Gray Cup for the last time.

Castletown-Slieve Bloom have enjoyed great success at this age grade, winning five championships since 1988 with the most recent coming two years ago against Portlaoise after a replay.

Incredibly, Camross have only won one MHC title in their history.

A staggering statistic considering how successful they have been at adult level. Their solitary win came in 2005 against Borris-Kilcotton.

Castletown-Slieve Bloom have already claimed the minor league title after defeating The Harps at the start of July.

But when the pair clashed in the group stage of that competition, it was Camross who came out on top by two points.

However, Camross subsequently lost to The Harps in a semi-final and Castletown-Slieve Bloom defeated Raheen Parish Gaels before edging Camross’ conquerors.

When you look at county representation, Camross had a far greater representation.

They had six minors and one U-17 while Robert Tyrrell played at midfield for the Laois minor footballers.

While Castletown-Slieve Bloom had just two in Joe Phelan and Joe McCormack.

David Brickley, Daniel Breen, Eoin Gaughan, Oisin Bennett, Odhran Phelan and Liam Delaney were all part of Christy Walsh’s Laois minor team while Robbie Delaney was on the U-17 Celtic Challenge team.

Nevertheless, this game is extremely difficult to call and will most likely go down to the final few minutes where perhaps Camross will prevail.

Verdict: Camross

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Stradbally 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.