It’s all systems go in Park-Ratheniska this afternoon as First Ireland Spirits from Abbeyleix hope to claim Inter-firms hurling glory.
Going up against the Laois side in this junior hurling final is Mergon International of Westmeath.
There is a strong Laois element in the team. Indeed all bar two of the panel are from Laois, while Spink’s Denis Kehoe and Clough-Ballacolla’s John Fitzpatrick are managers.
Clubs represented on the team include Rathdowney-Errill, Clough-Ballacolla, Shanahoe, The Harps, Abbeyleix, Borris-Kilcotton and Ballypickas.
Alan Kelly (St Martin’s Muckalee Kilkenny) and Tom Ryan (Drom & Inch Tipperary) are the only two players coming from outside of Laois in the 65 person company.
The Laois side reached the decider following great wins over Portlaoise Prison and Romaquip of Offaly.
They face a tough task in the final as manager Kehoe revealed when speaking to LaoisToday:
“I think they have one Offaly senior hurler and two or three from Westmeath so they will be strong.
“But we are hoping to get a good crowd in Ratheniska on Saturday as the support we got in the semi final win in Abbeyleix certainly helped.”
You can follow all of the live action here.
Best of luck to all the lads!