The inter-county season roars back into life this weekend with three Laois teams set to be in action.
The Laois senior hurlers will take on Westmeath tomorrow (Sunday) in Borris-in-Ossory at 2pm.
This will be the first competitive Laois hurling game in Borris-in-Ossory since a Walsh Cup loss to Offaly in 1994.
While their Round 1 game against Dublin was postponed, the squad are hoping to replicate their first Walsh Cup win of the season over Carlow before Christmas after a superb game.
With Eanna Lyons and Mark Kavanagh out through injury, the likes of Cha Dwyer, Ben Conroy, Stephen ‘Picky’ Maher, Lorcan Burke, Andrew Mortimer and Mark Dowling all opted out of the panel for the season.
Manager, Eddie Brennan assured there were plenty of fresh faces to make a difference.
Among the new players involved are Ciaran McEvoy and Frank Flanagan from Portlaoise, Ronan Broderick and Diarmuid Conway from Clough-Ballacolla, Clonaslee’s Liam Senior, Fiachra C Fennell from Rosenallis and Paul Simms from Ballinakill.
Eddie Brennan has named his side for the clash.
LAOIS: Paul Simms (Ballinakill); Liam Senior (Clonaslee), Frank Flanagan (Portlaoise), Donnacha Hartnett (Mountmellick); Jack Kelly (Rathdowney-Errill), Ryan Mullaney (Castletown), Ciarán McEvoy (Portlaoise); Fiachra C Fennell (Rosenallis), Ciaran Comerford (The Harps); Willie Dunphy (Clough-Ballacolla), Eoin Gaughan (Camross), James Ryan (Rathdowney-Errill); Aaron Bergin (Portlaoise), Cormac Rigney (Portlaoise), Joe Phelan (Castletown)