The Laois senior hurling final takes place this Sunday at 4pm in O’Moore Park.
Borris-Kilcotton are up against Rathdowney-Errill and ahead of the game, we caught up with the man who will be between the sticks – Eoin Fleming.
The Borris-Kilcotton number 1 is the latest subject of our My Club and I series.
What’s your earliest GAA memory?
When I was about 6 or 7, Paul Drennan used to pick me up in his white polo and would bring me up to senior training in Knockaroo to play on the sideline with the other kids while the seniors trained. We broke Martin Fitzpatrick’s (groundsman) heart!
Tell us a bit about the club?
We are a very tight knit club with four adults teams -a senior, intermediate, junior A and C.
We have a great committee who keeps everything up to scratch and a excellent juvenile set up with great coaches.
What are the facilities like?
We are very lucky we have three great pitches. We just recently got our pitch in Borris kitted out with lights it’s a huge help for hurling in the winter and this time of year.
Can you remember the first time you went to play with Borris-Kilcotton?
2011 was my first year to hurl Junior and I got a fair introduction to adult hurling but was well looked after by Tom Carroll, Johnny Kiely and Paddy Phelan (the real Hell’s Kitchen!).
What is your favourite memory while being involved?
2016 senior county final – memories that I will never forget!
Did you enjoy much success in the underage grades?
I was very lucky to be part of a good group of hurlers we enjoyed plenty of juvenile success. I have won two U-12s, one U-14, two U-16, four minors and two U-21 championship titles.
Who did you look up to in the club when you were younger?
I was very lucky to be able to look up to some great hurlers in our parish. The likes of Paul Drennan, Owen Coss, Owen Bergin Ciaron Comerford, Trevor Moore and Ronan Kelly have taught me a lot, and are still teaching me today!
What young player in your club would you say is one to watch out for?
William Bergin – he will take the goals off me soon.
If you could do anything to improve the club, what would it be?
It’s not easy for any club to fundraise, but a ball alley with an astroturf surface would be a great addition.
What’s the best and worst thing about being involved?
My girlfriend reckons we can’t go anywhere – but the best thing about it is we can’t go anywhere.