David Cuddy’s Laois U-20 hurlers begin their Leinster championship campaign against Kilkenny in O’Moore Park this evening.
This is a straight kcock-out championship and Laois will pit their wits against DJ Carey’s Kilkenny at 7.30pm.
Three Laois senior hurlers – Podge Delaney and Ciaran Comerford from The Harps and Eoin Gaughan from Camross – have been named in the Laois U-20 hurling team to face Kilkenny.
Laois take on Kilkenny in O’Moore Park this Monday, six days before Delaney, Comerford 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.
The action gets underway tonight at 7.30pm and you can follow all of the action as it happens below: