Two Laois senior hurlers – Podge Delaney from The Harps and Eoin Gaughan from Camross – have been named in the Laois U-20 hurling team to face Kilkenny in the opening round of the Leinster hurling championship on Monday night.
Laois take on Kilkenny in O’Moore Park this Monday, six days before Delaney and Gaughan will be part of the senior side that meet Westmeath in the Joe McDonagh final in Croke Park.
Delaney is named at centre-back, one of four players from The Harps (Laois U-19 champions last year) included in the starting 15 by manager David Cuddy.
Padraig Dunne lines out alongside Delaney in the half-back line while the Comerford twins – Daniel and Ciaran – who are also part of Eddie Brennan’s senior setup are named in the half-forward line.
Colt and Rosenallis have two players each while Clonaslee, Galmoy, Ballyfin, Clough-Ballacolla, Camross, Rathdowney-Errill and Castletown have one apiece.
Laois met Kilkenny in the corresponding minor semi-final two years ago – and nine of the Laois team that started on that occasion are included from the start this time.
Kilkenny were massive 6-30 to 0-9 winners on that occasion with a side that included current senior star Adrian Mullen from Ballyhale Shamrocks.
Mullen will be part of the Kilkenny senior team that meet Wexford in next Sunday’s Leinster final.
This is the first year that this competition is being played at U-20 since the change from U-21, but unlike the U-20 football, senior players are permitted to play.
The competition is straight knockout with Galway awaiting the winners in the semi-final.
The game throws in at 7pm in O’Moore Park.
LAOIS: Paudie McDonald (Colt); John Maher (Rosenallis), Ryan Murphy (Galmoy), Liam Senior (Clonaslee St Manman’s); Padraig Dunne (The Harps), Padraig Delaney (The Harps), Allan Connolly (Ballyfin); James Keyes (Colt), Diarmuid Conway (Clough-Ballacolla); Eoin Gaughan (Camross), Daniel Comerford (The Harps), Ciaran Comerford (The Harps); Brandon McGinley (Rathdowney-Errill), Conor Cosgrove (Rosenallis), Joe Phelan (Castletown).