A few months ago – it didn’t look likely that we would see any championship action in 2020.
However, with the Coronavirus pandemic still going on around us, the senior hurling championship will get underway in Laois this evening.
The action begins on tonight as Borris-Kilcotton face Camross in MW Hire O’Moore Park.
While on Friday, Rathdowney-Errill face Clough-Ballacolla in Group B.
There is a double header on Saturday night in Laois GAA HQ with Rosenallis taking on Ballinakill first and then Castletown facing Abbeyleix.
Both competitions are being run off on a group format where teams have been placed into two of them.
The top two teams in each group will go to the semi-finals while the fourth placed teams play in a relegation final.
Here we have picked out one young player from eight clubs that are taking part this year.
Check them out below:
Rathdowney-Errill – Thep Fitzpatrick
Somewhat surprising not to see him get game time last year, but Fitzpatrick will surely make the breakthrough to the Rathdowney-Errill senior ranks this year.
After excelling with their Intermediate team last year, this versatile player will help push the champions on further.
Clough-Ballacolla – Chris Rafter
Like Fitzpatrick above, Rafter has plied his trade with the intermediate string of his club since his graduation from the juvenile ranks.
A classy forward who has a goal in him and another who will be primed to make the step up in grade this year.
Fionan Mahoney – Abbeyleix
The first on this list from last year’s Laois minor team and a right good defender too.
Son of manager Lorcan, Fionan can operate anywhere along backline or midfield and is capable of getting a score too.
Tadhg Cuddy – Castletown
Laois minor hurling captain from 2019 Tadhg Cuddy is up next.
Son of Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe boss David and brother of Evan, Tadhg will be a huge addition to Castletown. Extremely powerful and a scoring threat, he also has a great engine.
Niall Coss – Borris-Kilcotton
With Brian Butch Stapleton regraded to intermediate this year, there is a vacancy in the Borris-Kilcotton backline that this young man could fill.
A former Laois minor, Coss may well start the year with the intermediates but don’t be surprised to see him finish it as a senior.
Camross – Liam Delaney
It is hard as a young player to break into the senior team but Liam Delaney has plied his trade with lower grades for the last few years and is more than ready now.
Son of chairman and former manager Arien, Liam was midfield on the intermediate title winning team last year.
Rosenallis – Conor Cosgrove
Former Laois minor captain Conor Cosgrove is the one to watch for Rosenallis in their first year competing at the senior grade.
Had a very good breakthrough season last year with Senior A success and it is hoped he will push on further this year.
Ballinakill – Ian Shanahan
Ballinakill have been crying out for new blood for the last few years and they are getting three quality players this year.
Twins Cian and Cathal Shaughnessy are up this year while so too is fellow 2019 Laois minor Ian Shanahan. Another who can play in defence and midfield, he is lightening quick and very fit.