The last Laois club hurling championship game of the season takes place in O’Moore Park this afternoon as Camross and Raheen Parish Gaels in the Laois U-20 HC final.
It is the first year of this age group and while it’s a novel final pairing, the one air of familiarity is the presence of Camross.
Camross won the last U-21 title 12 months ago and are now seeking to win the first U-20.
While they were beaten by The Harps last year in the first (and what might turn out to be only) U-19 final, they are the corresponding minor champions from 2017 and indeed were U-16, U-14 and U-12 winners in 2015, 2013 and 2011 respectively.
With the exception of last year’s U-19 and an U-17 competition in 2016, this group of players have won every championship available to them.
They will come in as slight favourites but up against a decent Raheen Parish Gaels side that are calling on players from Colt, Clonad, Trumera and Shanahoe.
Camross have impressed en route to the final, beating Clonaslee by 7-18 to 1-11 in the first game and then hitting Borris-Kilcotton for seven goals also a couple of days later in a 7-22 to 1-5 win in the group stages.
They were 2-19 to 0-14 winners over The Harps in last Sunday’s semi-final.
Raheen Parish Gaels arrive with an unbeaten record also, having beaten Clough-Ballacolla/Mountrath and Castletown in the group stages before beating Abbeyleix 2-19 to 1-16 in their semi-final.
It should be an interesting enough final and you can follow all of the action in our Live Blog.