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Your guide to Laois’s quarter-final meeting with Limerick in the Allianz Division 1 league

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This weekend sees the Laois senior hurling team take on All-Ireland champions Limerick in the Allianz division one league quarter-final.

The teams have been made, the prices set and we’re just waiting for the sliotar to be thrown-in.

Here we guide you through what you need to know:

When, where, what time?

Laois v Limerick will take place on Saturday, March 9 at 7pm in O’Moore Park.

Team news

Three changes have been made to the Laois side which was narrowly defeated by Dublin in the final Division 1B game last weekend.

Willie Dunphy, who came off with a hamstring injury in the Dublin match, is not named as starting on Eddie Brennan’s side.

John Lennon is in for him while Jack Kelly starts in midfield in place of Cha Dwyer.

The final change is in the full forward line where Stephen Bergin is in for Stephen Maher.

Meanwhile, just six of the starting All-Ireland winning side have been selected for this upcoming encounter.

These are defenders Dan Morrissey, Diarmaid Byrnes and captain Declan Hannon, midfielder Darragh O’Donovan and forwards Gearoid Hegarty and Seamus Flanagan.

LAOIS: Enda Rowland (St Lazerian’s Abbeyleix); Joe Phelan (Camross), Matthew Whelan (Borris-Kilcotton), Donnacha Hartnett (Mountmellick); Lee Cleere (Clough-Ballacolla), Ryan Mullaney (Castletown), Padraig Delaney (The Harps); Jack Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill), Sean Downey (Ballinakill); Aaron Dunphy (Borris-Kilcotton), Mark Kavanagh (Rathdowney-Erill), Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill); John Lennon (Rosenallis), Neil Foyle (Borris-Kilcotton) Stephen Bergin (Clough-Ballacolla)

LIMERICK: Barry Hennessy; Tom Condon, Dan Morrissey, William O’Meara; Diarmaid Byrnes, Declan Hannon, Barry Nash; Darragh O’Donovan, Robbie Hanley; Gearoid Hegarty, David Dempsey, Conor Boylan; Peter Casey, Seamus Flanagan, Barry Murphy.

What have Limerick been like so far this season?

Stating that Limerick have performed well in this 2019 season and the past 2018 season is possibly the greatest understatement of the year.

John Kiely’s side have come off their All-Ireland final victory and have not seen a slumped in their progress, as might be expected after the 2018 they put in.

Limerick topped division 1A after wins over Wexford, Tipperary and Kilkenny and a draw last weekend to Clare.

They only suffered one loss during the league, which came as a shock to many hurling spectators as Cork defeated the Treaty county on home soil, 2-21 to 1-21 in February.

What’s Laois’s recent history like against Limerick?

As Limerick played in division 1B last year, Laois have encountered them in previous league campaigns.

In January 2018, they suffered a 1-25 to 0-18 defeat away in the opening round of the league. 2017 saw one of Laois’s heaviest defeats in many years as Limerick came away 29 point victors on that day.

Who’s the referee?

The referee for this game is Colm Lyons (Cork). The Nemo Rangers man oversaw proceedings in the Galway-Tipperary Allianz hurling league final in 2017.

What other Division 1 games are on this weekend?

Due to the weather conditions calling off many division 1A and 1B games last weekend,  three other of the quarter finals have been pushed back a week, as has the league final.

On Sunday, Offaly and Carlow meet for the second time in two weeks to decide the fate of who will be relegated from division 1 next year.

Offaly will be brimming with confidence over last weekend’s win, and have the advantage of bringing Carlow to Bord na Mona O’Connor Park for this relegation battle.

Another Division 1B game is the refixed clash between Waterford and Galway.

Meanwhile, two more games are down for decision in division 1A. After just one win for Liam Sheedy’s Tipperary, they will be looking for a stronger finish to their league as they travel to Pairc Ui Rinn on Sunday.

Wexford and Kilkenny both lie on equal points in the league table. The winner of their rescheduled fixture on Sunday will be guaranteed their place in the knock-out stages.

How much is it to get in?

Laois GAA have also revealed that the ticket prices for the game on Saturday night will remain unchanged.

Usually, ticket prices for league knock-out games would increase but Laois GAA chairman Peter O’Neill has confirmed this won’t happen.

Adult Pre-purchase tickets are €15, Adult Match Day tickets are €20 while all U-16s go free.

Peter said: “We hope to see a big crowd in O’Moore Park on Saturday night to give them support against the All-Ireland champions.

“This is a fantastic occasion for the Laois hurlers and we hope that people can really get behind them on Saturday.”

Is there a curtain raiser?

There is no curtain raiser to this game.

SEE ALSO – Brennan: What happens to Laois now is ‘within our own destiny’

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Siún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics.