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Laois v Kilkenny National League game switched to UMPC Nowlan Park

The Laois hurlers have forfeited home advantage for their final league game against Kilkenny on Sunday.

Eddie Brennan’s charges had been due to face The Cats in MW Hire O’Moore Park on Sunday but the venue has now been changed.

With the surface in Portlaoise in a very bad state, the decision to move the game is not a surprise.

Last week alone, four matches were played in MW Hire O’Moore Park in the space of seven days.

The senior footballers played Cavan and the U-20s then played two matches against Westmeath and Kildare before the hurlers defeated Carlow on Saturday night.

Manager Eddie Brennan said the game should not have gone ahead and the pictures afterwards of muck across the field were very worrying.

With no let up in the rain and more bad weather forecast this weekend, MW Hire O’Moore Park was set to host two more matches.

The Laois footballers are playing Kildare on Saturday evening and then less than 16 hours later, the hurlers were due to face Kilkenny.

Laois County Board are understood to have requested to the CCC that the game be switched to Kilkenny.

And after Kilkenny agreed, the request was granted. The game will now take place in Nowlan Park at 2pm on Sunday March 1.

The game is essentially a dead rubber as Laois cannot be relegated and cannot reach a league quarter final.

Laois will also face Kilkenny in the same venue in the Leinster championship in the summer.

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