From six grades and over 100 fixtures, we’ve now just two games remaining in the Laois hurling championships – the Senior A and Senior hurling finals.
This weekend saw The Harps and Rosenallis reach the Senior A final while Borris-Kilcotton and Rathdowney-Errill will contest the Senior final.
We also had the minor final involving Abbeyleix Gaels and The Harps.
A total eight clubs are represented this week.
Check it out below:
1 – Danny Hanlon (Clough-Ballacolla)
Hanlon kept a second clean sheet in succession in this year’s championship and while he had no saves to make he dealt very well with a lot of ball that dropped around the square and his distribution was spot on again.
2 – John Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill)
At this stage he must have played in every line of the field for Rathdowney-Errill and he’s settled very well into the full-back line this season.
Another solid display on Sunday which also included a first-half point from distance.
3 – Lawson Obular (Abbeyleix Gaels)
It was something of a surprise the way that Abbeyleix Gaels lost out to The Harps in the minor final at the weekend.
They were outclassed almost all over the field but one man who certainly stood up was Lawson Obular who won almost every ball that came his way in his defence.
4 – David Doheny (The Harps)
The Harps made the perfect start to this game when they rattled the net after 17 seconds but they almost instantly coughed one up down the other end.
Keeper Peter Walsh was beaten by Gareth Dunphy’s shot but David Doheny got back on the line to make a stunning save. He held Dunphy to just one point from play too with the rest of his haul coming from frees.
5 – Ciaran Burke (The Harps)
We highly doubt there are too many Crettyard lads with hurling championship medals in their back pocket – but Ciaran Burke does after this weekend.
The dual player slotted three points from play in The Harps win over Abbeyleix Gaels in the minor final and his physicality under breaking balls was crucial throughout.
6 – Andrew Collier (Camross)
Has moved from one position to another with Camross this season and on Sunday he found himself stationed at centre-back.
Put in a fine performance, got on a lot of ball and chipped in with an early point from play.
7 – Fiachra C-Fennell (Rosenallis)
We wrongly attributed Fiachra’s 1-1 to his brother Cathal on Saturday evening but it was most certainly Fiachra’s haul (Sorry Fiachra).
His strong running from the half back line has become a feature of Rosenallis’s play in both football and hurling this year where he always seems to score.
8 – David Connolly (Ballyfin)
Connolly was sent off in injury time of Ballyfin’s defeat to The Harps last night for a second yellow card but he had been their best player up to that.
He ran himself into the ground and scored a fine point too – certainly someone who has the ability to play for Laois in either code in 2020.
9 – John Lennon (Rosenallis)
Rosenallis, six days after winning the Intermediate football title, ran riot against Colt in the semi final on Saturday.
County man John Lennon was in fine form as he hit four points and smashed home a great goal at the start of the second half.
10 – James Ryan (Rathdowney-Errill)
Moved between midfield and wing-forward and while he didn’t score he got through an amount of work.
Also played a crucial role in the lead-up to the winning goal.
11 – Joe Campion (Borris-Kilcotton)
While PJ Scully understandably got the headlines thanks to an 18-point haul, Campion was also very effective and hit two fine scores from play in the second half when the game was in the balance.
12 – Conor Delaney (The Harps)
Conor Delaney has had a very difficult time with injury for the past two years but he was in unstoppable form as The Harps claimed minor glory on Saturday.
He scored 1-6 of their total – including a lovely goal right at the end of the game which settled the tie.
13 – Niall Holmes (Camross)
On free-taking duties all year for Camross in the absence of Zane Keenan, he hit ten points on Sunday, eight of them from placed balls.
Will be disappointed at one mid-struck effort in the second half but he landed two points from play including one of the late efforts that looked like was going to get them over the line.
14 – PJ Scully (Borris-Kilcotton)
To hit 18 points in a championship semi-final is some going – 14 frees, a delightful sideline cut and three from play.
His free-taking from all distances and angles has been almost flawless all season and he’s more than 40 points clear at the top of the scoring charts.
15 – Stephen Bergin (Clough-Ballacolla)
Bergin has had a great season for Clough-Ballacolla and his eye for goal is really impressive.
Scored a great goal early in the semi-final loss to Borris-Kilcotton, could have had another and landed two points from play also.
SUBS OF THE WEEK
Lorcan Burke (Camross)
Left out of the starting 15 having been a regular over the last two seasons.
Came on in the second half and made a difference, including a really good point that looked like being the winner.
Jim Fitzpatrick (Borris-Kilcotton)
Came on early in defence for Borris-Kilcotton when they were under pressure and giving away plenty of scoring chances.
Helped shore things up almost immediately and did very little wrong.