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Previewing all of Saturday’s championship action as Round 3 of hurling continues

The new fixtures for the hurling championships are here

There are five top quality hurling games taking place this evening, with plenty at stake in each game.

Some of the losers face the prospect of relegation, while victors can secure semi-final berths and plan ahead for the business end of the championship.

Check out our previews below.

Camross V Clough-Ballacolla in O’Moore Park at 6pm
Laois Shopping Centre SHC Group B Round 3

A fixture that catches the eye of every hurling follower in the county, these two teams have been at the top end of Laois club hurling for the past decade. However, Camross could be on the verge of crashing out of the championship if they don’t pick up a win.

They lost out to rivals Castletown Gaels on the opening day, and they followed that up with a win over Rathdowney-Errill and must beat Clough Ballacolla to secure their place in the knock-out stages. If they lose, then they need Castletown Gaels to draw or win against Rathdowney-Errill.

Ballacolla have secured their place in at least the quarter-finals at least, with a spot in the semi-final up for grabs. A win would secure that place, and a chance to knock the champions and get revenge for last year’s county final defeat.

Prediction: Clough Ballacolla

Rathdowney Errill V Castletown Gaels in O’Moore Park at 7.30pm
Laois Shopping Centre SHC Group B Round 3

This game also has a lot at stake for both teams, knowing that if Camross lose, a Rathdowney win would see both sides through, but a Castletown win would result in Rathdowney-Errill departing the championship and facing a relegation scrap.

Rathdowney’s championship started with a hard fought draw over Ballacolla but a loss to Camross in the next game meant that they must win to keep their search for a third title in six years alive. They will yet again be without star man Ross King who remains in the US playing hurling.

Castletown began the championship in a flying fashion, defeating their bitter rivals Camross in the opening round. They failed to back that up against Clough Ballacolla, but that Camross win could prove crucial if they finish level on points with Camross after Saturday’s matches, as if both teams fail to win then Castletown would march on.

Predictions: Rathdowney Errill

Colt Gaels V The Harps in Borris-in-Ossory at 7pm
Laois Shopping Centre SHC ‘A’ Group A Round 3

The Harps have been impressive in their campaign so far winning both games and securing a spot in the knock out stages. Another win for them would guarantee a semi-final spot.

Colt Gaels will be hoping they can book their semi-final place by beating The Harps but following a disappointing defeat by Shanahoe, it seems they will have their work cut out.

Prediction: The Harps

Clonaslee St Manmans V Rosenallis in Mountmellick at 5pm
Laois Shopping Centre SHC ‘A’ Group B Round 3

A huge local derby between two teams who have been in great form so far. These two will surely go hammer and thongs at each other for spot an automatic spot in the semi-final.

Both will head into the game knowing that they have secured their spot in the knockout stages, so this game should be a great affair with both sides going hard for a win.

Predictions: Clonaslee St Mamman’s

Shanahoe Gaels V Mountrath in Ratheniska at 7pm
Laois Shopping Centre SHC ‘A’ Group A Round 3

Mountrath’s championship has failed to takeoff, having lost their previous two games eight points or more, with a relegation final seeming destined. A win this weekend would only suffice if Colt Gaels managed to take a point from The Harps.

Shanahoe on the other hand are in somewhat of a rejuvenated form, having lost the opening game against The Harps, they went on to comfortably defeat Colt in the second game and it is hard to look past them again this weekend.

Predictions: Shanahoe

SEE ALSO – All of this week’s Laois GAA fixtures as Round 3 of hurling championships take centre stage

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