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The latest LaoisToday Hurling Team of The Week as championship hots up

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The group stages of the Senior A and Senior championships have concluded while the Intermediate is at final stage.

There is a replay in the junior semi final after The Harps and Castletown drew while the winners will face Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe.

We’ve picked out of Team of the Week with 10 clubs represented.

1 – Danny Hanlon (Clough-Ballacolla)

Clough Ballacolla veterans Danny Hanlon with Aoife and Canice Coonan with Brian after winning the SHC final at O’Moore Park in 2015.
Picture: Alf Harvey/HRPhoto.ie

Hanlon has been consitency personified for Ballacolla in this year’s championship and following on from a fine league final performance, he has been very good in the three championship games to date.

Pulled off a good save early on against Camross on Saturday night and his puckouts were key from start to finish. Also chipped in a huge long-range free in the second half.

2 – Malvin Moloney (Camross)

Moloney was solid at the back – and cleared a world of ball in the intermediate victory over Clough-Ballacolla on Sunday evening.

The veteran defender, who won a senior medal last year, may yet have a role to play with the first string as the year progresses.

3 – Daniel Comerford (The Harps)

Daniel Comerford – right

The Harps were in a relatively strange position against Shanahoe as they went into the game virtually assured of a semi final place.

But after a close first half, they pushed clear in the second with Comerford commanding the defence all around him.

4 – Diarmaid Conway (Clough-Ballacolla)

Teenager Diarmaid Conway has taken to senior hurling very well and he was in fine form as Clough-Ballacolla took top spot on Sunday.

Tasked with marking the lively Mark Dowling, Conway stuck to his man like glue and gave an exhibition of corner back play.

5 – Eric Killeen (Rathdowney-Errill)

19 May 2017; Eric Killeen of Laois. Laois Hurling Squad Portraits 2017 at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise, Co Laois. Photo by Oliver McVeigh/Sportsfile

Eric Killeen had a number of brief cameos for Laois this year but the Rathdowney-Errill defender will be hoping for more action if he continues to perform like this.

He cleaned up on puck-outs in the easy win over Portlaoise and is improving with every game.

6 – Stephen Phelan (Borris-Kilcotton)

Stephen Phelan

Phelan slotted in at centre back for Borris-Kilcotton and did really well as they saw off Abbeyleix comfortably.

He is very good in the air and delivered in a number of brilliant balls to the full forward line.

7 – Joe Fitzpatrick (Rathdowney-Errill)

Like a fine wine, Joe Fitzpatrick is getting better with age he seems and his scoring for a defender is out of this world.

Rathdowney-Errill scored 33 points against Portlaoise and four of them came from his stick as they sailed to the semi finals.

8 – Ryan Mullaney (Castletown)

7 July 2019; Ryan Mullaney of Laois celebrates with supporters following the GAA Hurling All-Ireland Senior Championship preliminary round quarter-final match between Laois and Dublin at O’Moore Park in Portlaoise, Laois. Photo by Sam Barnes/Sportsfile

Ryan Mullaney is the heartbeat of the Castletown team which gathered a second win of the campaign over Ballinakill at the weekend.

Mullaney scored a fine point and won everything around the middle of the field.

9 – Jimmy Hyland (Mountrath) 

Ace free-taker Jimmy Hyland was at it again for Mountrath as they defeated Clonaslee in the Senior A on Friday night to book a quarter final place.

Hyland rotated between the forwards and midfield where he constantly won clean ball for his side.

10 – Brian Fitzpatrick (Rosenallis)

In the absence of John Lennon, Rosenallis needed their other players to stand up and be counted – which is exactly what Brian ‘Beano’ Fitzpatrick did.

He scored 1-3 as Rosenallis saw off Slieve Bloom to set up a quarter final clash with Mountrath.

11 – PJ Scully (Borris-Kilcotton)

Borris-Kilcotton sharpshooter PJ Scully

PJ was immense in attack at the weekend scoring 2-9 for Borris-Kilcotton to soar to the top of the scoring charts.

His accuracy on frees will be key for Borris-Kilcotton as the rounds go on.

12 – Eoin Fitzpatrick (Borris-Kilcotton)

Scully is joined in the half forward line by another Borris-Kilcotton player, Eoin Fitzpatrick, although from a different grade.

Fitzpatrick was wing forward for the intermediates and fired five points from play with incredible accuracy in the win over Mountmellick.

13 – Oisin Bennett (Camross)

Bennett was a handful for the Ballacola defenders and got himself 2-4.

He will be hoping that his run of form can earn him some game time at senior level in the coming weeks.

14 – Ross King (Rathdowney-Errill)

Ross King and his mam Bernie

With the suspended Mark Kavanagh unable to play, Ross King stepped into the free taking duties for the win over Portlaoise.

He helped himself to nine points and was a live wire throughout.

15 – Paschal Foyle (Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe)

In the absence of the injured Robbie Foyle, Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe turned to Paschal Foyle to be their chief scorer and he didn’t let them down.

He scored 1-8 of their 1-12 and was flawless on the frees.

SUBS OF THE WEEK

Ben Shore (Slieve Bloom)

Ben shore was called upon after just 3 minutes when injury struck Enda Conroy.

He went on to have an immense game at corner back winning a world of ball

Ray Bowe (Rathdowney-Errill)

Half time substitute Ray Bowe came on for Rathdowney-Errill and gave management something to think about with four points.

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