The Laois hurlers begin their 2019 competitive campaign with a Walsh Cup game against Offaly in Birr on Sunday and new manager Eddie Brennan has named his first starting team.
As ever for this stage of a season, it’s a mix of new and experienced faces. There are first competitive starts for Camross duo Andrew Mortimer and Mark Dowling as well as Portlaoise’s Aaron Bergin.
Aaron Dunphy and Paddy Keating also make a return having missed most of last season while Padraig Delaney from The Harps is included having featured briefly in the 2018 season.
PJ Scully and Colm Stapleton form an all Borris-Kilcotton midfield pairing while players like Enda Rowland, Leigh Bergin, Ryan Mullaney, Stephen Maher and Willie Dunphy are now the side’s experienced campaigners.
Laois play Offaly at 2pm in Birr on Sunday and we’ll be providing live updates from the Offaly venue.
The Walsh Cup is operated on a group basis this year and Laois will play Carlow at home next Sunday, December 16.
There is also Laois club hurling action this weekend with Rathdowney-Errill taking on Clough-Ballacolla in the U-21 HC quarter-final in Ballacolla at 1.30pm on Saturday and Abbeyleix meeting Na Fianna (Ballyfin and Mountmellick) on Sunday.
LAOIS: Enda Rowland (Abbeyleix); Andrew Mortimer (Camross), Leigh Bergin (Shanahoe), Donnacha Hartnett (Mountmellick); Jack Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill), Ryan Mullaney (Castletown), Padraig Delaney (The Harps); Colm Stapleton (Borris-Kilcotton), PJ Scully (Borris-Kilcotton); Stephen Maher (Clough-Ballacolla), Paddy Keating (Rosenallis), Aaron Dunphy (Borris-Kilcotton); Mark Dowling (Camross), Willie Dunphy (Clough-Ballacolla), Aaron Bergin (Portlaoise)