It’s an episode of the Talking Sport Podcast that we didn’t think we’d get to produce this year: our preview of the Laois club hurling championships.
Ahead of the start of all competitions, presenter Steven Miller is joined by Alan Hartnett to look ahead to the top three grades in Laois in a season like no other.
There will be games broadcast live on TV, all games are all ticket and there’s a fear that a Coronavirus case somewhere could throw it all into disarray.
But the show goes on.
Can Rathdowney-Errill win a seventh senior championship and put titles back to back for the first time?
Can Camross win a third in four years? With no form to go on, Alan plumps for Camross to win the senior, Steven sort of sits on the fence and reckons Clough-Ballacolla are worth a shot at 5/1.
And what of the newly-named Premier Intermediate? Will Portlaoise continue to yo-yo? Will The Harps make it fourth time lucky, will Ballyfin win it out again and what of Laois’s newest club Colt-Shanahoe?
And in the third tier – the intermediate grade – the lads show a bit of bias in wanting to see a first team win it out.
But are any of Mountmellick, Trumera, Clonad, Ballypickas or Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe strong enough to do so?
The lads also ponder the new structure, which should make the games more competitive.
With a huge programme of games to look forward to and tour of the county coming up – with a real hipster hurling schedule – they’ll be back to reflect on the action early next week.