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Previews of Sunday’s Laois club hurling championship action

The new fixtures for the hurling championships are here

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There’s another busy day of club hurling championship action in Laois on Sunday with no less than six games down for decision.

Laois SHC – Ballyfin Gaels v Borris-Kilcotton at 7pm in O’Moore Park

Borris-Kilcotton will be disappointed at how they defended their title last year but still have enough quality to major contenders once again.

Missing out on a league semi-final place meant they have been under the radar for the past couple of weeks but they have named a strong team with both Aaron Dunphy and PJ Scully named in attack after recent injury woes.

Ballyfin Gaels face the big step up from Senior ‘A’ and the soundings aren’t of a side going as well as they should be. They struggled in Division 1A of the league and while the priority for them has to be staying up, their best chance of picking up points will more than likely come in their other two games.

Verdict: Borris-Kilcotton

Laois SHC ‘A’ – Colt Gaels v Mountrath at 5.30pm in O’Moore Park

Colt Gaels only lost the final of last year’s competition by a couple of points while Mountrath were way off the pace and suffered a big defeat to Rosenallis in the quarter-final.

Neither have done a whole lot of note yet this year but this could be the chance to launch their season.

Colt should have enough.

Verdict: Mountrath

Laois IHC – Clough-Ballacolla v Ballypickas in Abbeyleix at 7pm

Ballypickas won a thrilling JHC ‘A’ final last year when they got the better of Rathdowney-Errill’s third team and they face a step up now in the third tier intermediate grade.

Clough-Ballacolla have consistenly fielded a strong second team and while they will be weaker now than when they won the Division 2 league final having lost the likes of Jordan Walshe, John Dwyer, Canice Coonan, Tim Delaney and Sean Corby, they still have plenty of talent in the likes of Diarmuid Conway, Shane Hanlon and Shane Hyland.

Ballypickas have good players in Cillian McEvoy, Liam Lalor and MJ Lalor but Ballacolla might just have enough.

Verdict: Clough-Ballacolla

Laois JHC ‘A’

There are three games in the JHC ‘A’ to decide who joins Mountmellick in the winners section. Borris-Kilcotton are awaiting in the losers round.

Ballinakill v Portlaoise 12pm
The Harps v St Lazerians Abbeyleix 7pm
Rathdowney Errill v Castletown 12pm

SEE ALSO – Castletown cause a shock by beating champions Camross in SHC opener

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