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Introducing the 2019 LaoisToday Senior hurling Team of the Year

The SHC came to a conclusion back in October as Rathdowney-Erril defeated Borris-Kilcotton to claim the Bob O’Keeffe cup.

It was an historic victory for Rathdowney-Errill who ended Camross’ bid for three titles in a row in the semi final.

They won their sixth Laois title since their amalgamation 13 years.

They lead the way on our Team of the Year with six spots while defeated finalists Borris-Kilcotton and Clough-Ballacolla have three each.

In total, five of the eight clubs who competed have representation on the team.

Check it out below:

1 – Danny Hanlon (Clough-Ballacolla)

Danny Hanlon – Clough-Ballacolla

This was a straight shoot-out between All-Star nominee Enda Rowland and Clough-Ballacolla’s Danny Hanlon – with the latter just getting the nod.

He kept a host of clean sheets for his side and made some very impressive saves on their way to the semi final where they lost to Borris-Kilcotton.

2 – Joe Phelan (Camross)

Joe Phelan and Zane Keenan receive the Bob O'Keeffe Cup from Seamus Mortimer
Joe Phelan

One of five survivors from our 2018 selection, Phelan is Mr consistency for Camross in the full back line.

Laois will also be hopeful that he will return to the fold for the 2020 campaign too.

3 – Brian Campion (Rathdowney-Errill)

Brian Campion, Rathdowney-Errill contests this ball with Daire Quinlan, Borris-Kilcotton

Brian Campion rolled back the years with a string of excellent performances as Rathdowney-Errill claimed their first title since 2016.

He formed part of a defence which conceded just one goal between their semi final and final wins over Camross and Borris-Kilcotton.

4 – John Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill)

In a team full of inter-county players, it was great to see John Purcell named Player of the Year – and deservedly so.

Throughout his career, he has played on every line of the field and, like Campion above, he settled into an excellent full back line this year.

5 – Ryan Mullaney (Castletown)

Ryan Mullaney

Ryan Mullaney was in brilliant form for the Laois hurlers in 2019 – and he carried that back to his club, in both codes.

In the hurling, he was instrumental as Castletown defeated Ballinakill and Portlaoise in the group stages to reach the quarter final where they lost to Camross.

6 – Jack Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill)

Jack Kelly

An All-Star nomination capped off a brilliant year for Jack Kelly and the young hurler, who is still only in his early 20s, also claimed a senior title too.

His point scoring from distance is a joy to behold but he is a fierce defender too – capable of marking anyone.

7 – Eric Killeen (Rathdowney-Errill)

Eric Killeen of Laois

Eric Killeen’s catch in the dying embers of Laois’s Joe McDonagh Cup Round 1 win over Offaly was the catalyst for a brilliant year for the Laois men and although he found opportunities hard to come by for the county, he excelled for Rathdowney-Errill.

He was named man of the match in the county final after a titanic display that saw him win copious amounts of possession on the half back line.

8 – Aidan Corby (Clough-Ballacolla)

Aidan Corby in action against Paul Greville in the Leinster SHC in OMoore Park in 2017

Always seems to pop up with a score and is the heartbeat of the Clough-Ballacolla team.

Operating at midfield or half forward, Aidan Corby is certainly worth another shot at inter-county level.

9 – Paddy Purcell (Rathdowney-Errill)

Paddy Purcell

His older brother John was named player of the year, but Paddy cannot have been too far away from him.

Rathdowney-Errill used Purcell at either full forward or midfield but the latter is where he is at his best with his incredible running power.

10 – Aaron Dunphy (Borris-Kilcotton)

Aaron Dunphy

After being harshly sent off in the All-Ireland quarter final against Tipperary, Dunphy put that disappointment behind him at club level.

He scored freely and was almost impossible for any defender that he faced to handle.

11 – Mark Kavanagh (Rathdowney-Errill)

Mark Kavanagh of Rathdowney Errill gets past St Mullins players, from left, Mick Walsh, Oisín Boland, and Ger Coady during the AIB Leinster GAA Hurling Senior Club Championship semi-final match between St Mullins and Rathdowney Errill at Netwatch Cullen Park in Carlow. Photo by Piaras Ó Mídheach/Sportsfile

Like Paddy Purcell, Mark Kavanagh can’t have been too far away from being named Player of the Year either.

His free-taking is class and Laois will be hoping that his knee injury doesn’t keep him out for too long.

12 – Joe Campion (Borris-Kilcotton)

Joe Campion

Alongside Aaron Dunphy on the half forward line for Borris-Kilcotton all year was Joe Campion.

He can score, has great power and is very pacey too. Everything that you would want in a forward.

13 – Stephen Bergin (Clough-Ballacolla)

Stephen Bergin SHC

Stephen Bergin always seems to score goals and he repeated that trick for Clough-Ballacolla this year as they reached the semi final.

With him in the full forward line, you are almost always guaranteed a goal.

14 – Niall Holmes (Camross)

Captain Niall Holmes receives the 2018 Division 1 cup from Peter O’Neill

Camross will be disappointed not to have been able to claim a three in a row but they did come agonisingly close to reaching the final but for a last minute Ross King goal.

With Zane Keenan absent for the majority of the year through injury, the scoring burden fell to Niall Holmes and he did not let his side down.

15 – PJ Scully (Borris-Kilcotton)

The Laois GAA stats-men might have the official answer but we reckon that PJ Scully amassed one of the highest ever scoring totals this season.

He ran away with the overall standings and his free-taking is usually flawless.

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