This is impressive!!
Laois hurling goalkeeper Enda Rowland has enjoyed a great season – winning the Joe McDonagh Cup, pulling off a couple of great saves in the famous win over Dublin, excelling against Tipperary and sure to be in the mix for at least an All Star nomination.
His ability to score points from frees was widely acknoweldged too and we reported prior to the Joe McDonagh Cup final that he had scored 50 points in 50 games for Laois – an amazing achivement considering he has never once played outfield.
But the Abbeyleix man added another string to his bow on Saturday evening when playing for his club in the opening round of the Laois SHC against Clough-Ballacolla.
He pointed from a PUCKOUT late in the first half! Aided by a strong breeze and playing into the Town End of O’Moore Park, his massive puck went all the way to the Ballacolla over the despairing hand of full-back Darren Maher and then bounced over Danny Hanlon’s crossbar.
The strong wind and the rock hard surface was a feature of Saturday’s double header and his Laois colleague and county sub-keeper Thomas Dunphy did something similar in the opening game for Camross against Borris-Kilcotton.
Dunphy’s effort, however, was from play after he gathered possession and struck the ball from his own ’21 which again bounced and went over the bar.
Both Abbeyleix and Camross lost their games – but their goalkeepers had an evening to remember all the same.
Scores from puckouts are rare – though not unique. Incidentally, Ballacolla keeper Danny Hanlon, who was on the receiving end this time of Rowland’s point, scored a point from a puckout this year also – during a league game against Rosenallis
We have sourced video of both Rowland and Dunphy’s points.