After a month of controversy since winning the club a 26th Laois SHC title and a first back-to-back since 1994, Camross are back in action this afternoon.
They take on first time Wexford champions Naomh Eanna from Gorey in the Leinster club quarter-final at 2pm in O’Moore Park and will be bidding to record a rare Laois win in the competition.
Since Castletown’s last Laois championship triumph in 2005, only once has a Laois club actually won a game in Leinster – in 2012 when Rathdowney-Errill beat Clonkill of Westmeath.
It means that in 12 seasons, a Laois club has only one game outside the county. Camross themselves have contributed three of those losses to Ballyboden-St Enda’s from Dublin in 2007, Offaly’s Kilcormac-Killoughey in 2013 and Carlow’s Mount Leinster Rangers last year.
That loss this time last year was possibly a game that got away from Camross, going down by three points having played most of the second half with just 14 men. Indeed the fallout from that game carried into this year’s Laois championship as four players were suspended and with a weakened team they were beaten by Castletown Gaels in the opening round.
Yet they bounced back impressively since and wins over Rathdowney-Errill, Clough-Ballacolla, Borris-Kilcotton and Rathdowney-Errill again have them back at this stage once more.
They’ll see today’s game as a good opportunity. Naomh Eanna May have outstanding Wexford forward Conor McDonald but they too have had their problems with discipline and Wexford player Cathal Dunbar is suspended following an incident in the Wexford semi-final and their two corner backs are banned following on from red cards in their Leinster junior club football loss to Tullogher-Rosbercon last week.
Camross are 2/1 outsiders but they could have a chance of a causing an upset.
The prize for the winners is a semi-final clash with Kilkenny’s Ballyhale Shamrocks.
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