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The latest LaoisToday hurling Team of the Week as just two competitions remain

The hurling really cranked up a few notches at the weekend with ten games taking place.

We had four county finals down for decision on Saturday and Camross won three of them.

They claimed a remarkable camogie success by winning both the Junior and Intermediate titles on Saturday.

And not content with two trophies, they went on to win the Intermediate hurling title in O’Moore Park later that evening.

The Camross club were involved in four games in total and they began the weekend by booking their place in the senior semi final against old rivals Castletown.

Those victories see them have five players on our selection this week.

Saturday also saw history made as Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe won their first ever title at adult level since their amalgamation in 2018.

We also had the two Senior A quarter finals, remaining Senior quarter final and two relegation finals in Senior and Senior A to contend with.

A total of nine clubs are represented this week.

Check it out below:

1 – Tadhg Doran (Camross)

Doran dealt very well with a lot of ball that dropped short and his puck outs were excellent in Camross’s IHC win over Borris-Kilcotton.

He now has intermediate medal to go with four senior medals – a senior haul.

2 – Craig Delaney (Camross)

Craig Delaney, right

Delaney kept his man extremely quiet as Camross claimed Intermediate success on Saturday evening.

Rock solid in defence, he made a host of impressive clearances over the hour in a dominant display.

3 – John Prior (The Harps)

Former Laois hurler Prior is in the twilight of his career now but he made a huge contribution to The Harps second team this year as they reached the Junior final.

He was solid again in the heart of their defence in the final where they went down by six points.

4 – Aaron Gaughan (Castletown)

Gaughan was named at corner forward but played the sweeper role in Castletown’s defeat against Camross on Friday night so we have selected him here.

He cut out a lot of ball and used possession very well, really showing his versatility.

5 – Rob Tyrrell (Camross)

More known for his exploits as a footballer, who played both senior and U-20 for Laois this year, Tyrrell was brilliant for Camross in the IHC final.

A powerful wing back, Tyrrell won every aerial battle he contested and drove forward at each opportunity.

6 – Allan Connolly (Ballyfin)

Allan Connolly

Ballyfin trailed after 21 minutes of their Senior A encounter with Shanahoe at the weekend but they kicked on excellently to win comfortably after that.

One of the main reasons for the turnaround was how the half back line of Louis Duff, Kevin O’Rourke and Allan Connolly began to dominate the Shanahoe puck-out. Connolly in particular winning and clearing more ball than the rest.

7 – Damien O’Connor (Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe)

Damien O’Connor

Another man who is more known for his football exploits but he is a fine hurler nonetheless.

Damien O’Connor worked very hard in Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe’s first ever county final triumph and scored the best point of the game early in the second half from miles out.

8 – Craig Carroll (Camross)

Craig Carroll, left

Carroll lined out at midfield for the Camross seniors against Castletown and produced a lively display where he scored three points.

In his first year at senior level, Carroll is making a serious impact and has really added a new dimension to the Camross midfield.

9 – Paddy Keating (Rosenallis)

Rosenallis absolutely trounced Mountrath on Sunday to reach the Senior A semi finals and you could have picked out any of their players really.

Brian Fitzpatrick, John Lennon and Ronan Murray were all excellent but Paddy Keating gets the nod. He was flawless on the frees and scored a brilliant goal in the first half too.

10 – Dylan Conroy (Castletown) 

Dylan Conroy

Castletown really put it up to Camross in the first half and Dylan Conroy excelled.

He was Castletown’s best forward. Really took the game to Camross in the first half and was excellent from frees and play.

11 – Tomas Burke (Camross)

Tomas Burke, left, with two brother Martin

One of Camross’s elder statesmen, Burke put in another fine performance for his side on Friday night.

He hit three very important points from play, one after one of the Castletown goals in first half and two more at crucial stages in second half.

12 – Ciaran Conroy (Slieve Bloom)

Slieve Bloom stunned Clonaslee on Saturday evening in the Senior A relegation final to preserve their status at that level for another year.

In the absence of older brother Ben, Ciaran Conroy excelled and he scored 1-10 of their total – a brilliant display.

13 – Ciaran Byrne (Abbeyleix)

Like Slieve Bloom above, Abbeyleix also found themselves in a relegation play off and they came out six point winners against Portlaoise.

Teenager Ciaran Byrne contributed 1-1 to that total and his goal in the first half from an incredibly tight angle was simply brilliant.

14 – Ruairi O’Connor (Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe)

Ruairí O'Connor was in scintillating form for Timahoe tonight
Ruairí O’Connor

Another man on this list who is better known as a footballer – but O’Connor was deservedly named man of the match as Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe claimed their first ever hurling title at the weekend.

The nippy corner forward struck for 2-3 as his side won by six points in the end.

15 – PJ Scully (Borris-Kilcotton)

Borris-Kilcotton sharpshooter PJ Scully

PJ Scully is running away with the highest scoring charts and he was in top form again as Borris-Kilcotton comfortably got the better of Ballinakill.

Scully scored 2-8 and he almost broke the net with his two goals too.

SEE ALSO – The Laois Camogie Team of the Week following county final action

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