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Boost for Portlaoise as key forward declares himself fit for Leinster semi final

Aaron Bergin

The Portlaoise hurlers will look to reach the Leinster club intermediate final – and their chances of doing so have been given a major boost.

Key forward Aaron Bergin, who sustained a broken collar bone in the Laois semi final win against Clonaslee, says he is fit to tog out today.

Speaking as he picked up his Senior A Player of the Year Award at the Laois GAA Awards ceremony last night, Bergin confirmed he is available for selection today.

He thanked the Portlaoise and Laois physios for all their work and said he is hoping to help his side reach the final.

The Senior A Hurling Championship in Laois came to a conclusion last month as Portlaoise defeated The Harps to claim the cup.

It was their second championship win in the last four years at this grade and one which propels Eamon Fennelly’s side back to the Senior ranks for next year.

They began their Leinster IHC campaign two weeks’ ago away to Wicklow senior champions Glenealy.

Glenealy reached the Leinster final last year and were just edged out by Ballyragget who went on to contest the All-Ireland final against Kanturk of Cork but lost 1-18 to 1-17.

However, Portlaoise put in a brilliant display in Wicklow as keeper Eoghan Nealon saved a late penalty as they clung on to win by 0-16 to 1-10. 

Today’s opponents are Ballinamere who were crowned winners of the Offaly SHC ‘B’ last month.

The Tullamore side defeated Shamrocks 2-15 to 2-10 in the Offaly Senior B decider and went on to Faughs of Dublin in the Leinster quarter final two weeks ago.

The Dublin champions hit 16 wides as Ballinamere dismissed their challenge on a scoreline of 3-16 to 2-11.

The game throws in at 1.30pm in O’Moore Park and we will bring you all the action as it happens on the Live Blog.

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