Laois SHC – Rathdowney-Errill v Clough-Ballacolla
In MW Hire O’Moore Park at 7.30pm
County champions Rathdowney-Errill enter the fray tonight as they take on Clough-Ballacolla in MW Hire O’Moore Park.
John Delaney’s charges face some injury concerns for the opening game with Eric Killeen, Mark Kavanagh and Jack Kelly all injury doubts but it is believed the latter two will start.
As for Clough-Ballacolla, they were well beaten by Borris-Kilcotton in last year’s semi final and will be hoping for a better showing tonight with Stephen Maher and Lee Cleere back to fitness.
This will be a test for the champions but they should have enough firepower to prevail.
Odds – Rathdowney-Errill 8/15, Clough-Ballacolla 7-4, Draw 8-1
Laois Premier IHC – The Harps v Camross
In Colt at 7.30pm
The Harps begin this campaign seeking to reach their third consecutive final but hoping that this one will be the one where they finally get over the line.
They face a Camross team who are up from intermediate after defeating everyone around them last year and they have regraded the likes of Niall Holmes and Tomas Burke – so they will be strong.
However, The Harps will be favourites to win this game and get their campaign off to a victorious start.
Verdict: The Harps
Laois IHC – Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe v Mountmellick
In Ratheniska at 7.30pm
The third game of the evening sees newly promoted Park-Ratheniska-Timahoe host 2019 defeated semi finalists Mountmellick.
David Cuddy’s charges breezed through junior last year but found this level too hot to handle in 2018. Nevertheless, the experience from that relegation should stand to them and in Robbie Foyle, Geoff Kingman and Jimmy Langton they have scoring ability, power and pace.
Mountmellick have county quality in the form of Donnacha Hartnett while Jimmy Hilliard, Mick Bermingham and Peter Dunne are all capable hurlers too and they should win this one.
Verdict – Mountmellick