We’re here in St Brendan’s Park, Birr for the first Laois hurling match of the new season.
Last night the first Laois game of the season took place, with an experimental Laois football side being well beaten by Meath in the O’Byrne Cup opener.
Today, Eddie Brennan’s are in action in Round 1 of the Walsh Cup against Offaly.
2018 was a year to forget for the Laois hurlers and although it is not yet over, they have a chance to begin to make amends this afternoon
Eamon Kelly departed as manager in the off season and he was replaced by Kilkenny man Eddie Brennan – who has set a target of reaching the Joe McDonagh Cup final.
In fairness to him, speaking to the media before this competition, he indicated that he will use the Walsh Cup to try out new players.
And 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.
You can follow all of the live action from today’s game here. Throw-in is at 2pm.