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Our latest hurling team of the week after JHC and IHC finals

Dylan Lalor has been named in our IHC Team of the Year
Dylan Lalor has been named in our IHC Team of the Year

The weekend saw the conclusion of the club hurling championships at adult level in Laois.

All that now remains to be decided in the county for this year is the U-21 championship.

The junior and senior crowns were down for decision on Sunday.

Rathdowney-Errill contested both finals with their second and third teams but they finished the weekend trophy-less.

In both cases, their opponents pulled off remarkable recoveries to pip them by a point.

Ballypickas came from six points down to win the JHC title with Cillian McEvoy landing the winner.

While Trumera were three points down with five minutes to play but Dylan Lalor and Cathal Brophy inspired them to victory.

There was also a number of U-21 games down for decision and the efforts of the players from those games have also been recognised below:

1 – John Paul Ryan (Rathdowney-Errill)

On what was a bitterly disappointed day for everyone in Rathdowney-Errill, one player who certainly shone for them was goalkeeper John Paul Ryan. His first half penalty save looked like it was going to be crucial against Ballypickas but it wasn’t to be.

2 – Eoin Peters (Castletown-Slieve Bloom)

One of the most promising backs in the county was in action for Castletown-Slieve Bloom in the U-21 last week. His side defeated Camross by three points and he was solid as a rock.

3 – Paddy Gorman (Ballypickas)

Ballypickas were crowned JHC champions and their full back popped up with a crucial goal in the second half. Gorman showed great tenacity to force the ball to the net.

4 – Ray Nerney (Portlaoise)

Portlaoise U-21s were seconds away from the U-21 semi-final but a late goal means they must meet Borris-Kilcotton again. Ray Nerney scored a point in the game and was accomplished throughout.

5 – Paul McSpadden (Trumera)

Trumera captain Paul McSpadden is certainly someone who could be in the running for IHC player of the year. He hit two fine long range points in the win over Rathdowney-Errill and has been consistent all year.

6- Niall Sinnott (Trumera)

Probably considered as one of the babies in the Trumera dressing room given the fact that he is in his early 20s, Sinnott was excellent on Sunday. His long range free taking is superb.

7 – Eimhin Hennessy (Ballypickas)

Hennessy was a real physical presence for Ballypickas on Sunday. He got through a load of ball and was a real menace on the wing.

8 – Joey Coogan (Trumera)

As man of the match displays go, Joey Coogan’s was up there with the finest of them. He got on a countless amount of ball and landed points from outrageous distances.

9 – Cillian McEvoy (Ballypickas)

Cillian McEvoy’s participation in the final was in doubt after he picked up a red card in the semi-final win over Castletown. However, that was overturned and he went on to score the winning point.

10 – Ger Whelan (Ballypickas) 

Ger Whelan didn’t score on Sunday but he worked like a terrier against Rathdowney-Errill. Would have been up there for man of the match too.

11 – Enda Meagher (Rathdowney-Errill)

Rathdowney-Errill had relied on Eoin Bourke for scores for much of the year in the IHC but it was Enda Meagher they turned to on Sunday. He hit a number of second half points which gave his side the lead but they couldn’t hang on.

12 – Cathal Brophy (Trumera)

Joey Coogan got man of the match in the IHC final on Sunday but Cathal Brophy was right behind. He had been quiet enough by his own standards during the campaign but he sparkled into life in the final as his side pulled off a shock.

13 – Brandon McGinley (Rathdowney-Errill)

Some people go their whole careers without playing in a county final – but young Brandon McGinley played two of them in the one day on Sunday. The Laois minor hurler played all of the junior game and them came on early in the intermediate game.

14 – Aaron Dunphy (Borris-Kilcotton)

Borris-Kilcotton’s U-21 campaign looked over at the weekend until Aaron Dunphy stepped up and converted a penalty with the last puck of the game. It left him with a tally of 1-7 overall and ensured the sides will have to go at it again.

15 – Dylan Lalor (Trumera)

It’s incredible to think that at just 19 years of age, Dylan Lalor has two county medals. But it was three late frees from him that sent Trumera to the promised land and he is deserving of his place.

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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.