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Previewing Saturday night’s Laois club hurling championship action

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Laois SHC – Rosenallis v Ballinakill
In MW Hire O’Moore Park at 5pm

The Rosenallis hurlers will make their senior debut in the first of the double header of fixtures in MW Hire O’Moore Park this evening.

The won Senior A last year with relative ease and have added in Laois senior footballer John O’Loughlin, who hurled underage with Laois, to their ranks.

Ballinakill, despite their low numbers, are always competitive and reached the quarter final last year. They have added Ian Shanahan, Cian and Cathal O’Shaughnessy to their fold while Cha Dwyer and Sean Downey have returned from their travels.

A tough game to call but Ballinakill might just have too much for the debutants.

Verdict – Ballinakill

Odds – Ballinakill 5/6, Rosenallis 11/10, draw 8/1

Laois SHC – Abbeyleix v Castletown
In MW Hire O’Moore Park at 7.30pm

The second game in Laois GAA HQ sees Abbeyleix take on Castletown.

Abbeyleix saved themselves last year by defeating Portlaoise in a relegation final and they have Eoin Reilly home from his travels.

Castletown reached the quarter final last year and have a young, but very much improving team – and they could edge it.

Verdict – Castletown

Odds – Catletown 4/6, Abbeyleix 11/8, draw 8/1

Laois IHC – Borris-Kilcotton v Clough-Ballacolla
In Kilcotton at 7pm

Both of these teams have been involved in senior action in the last two days and their teams have lost players as a result.

Enda Parlon and Emmett Jones, who played at this level last year, are now unavailable for Borris-Kilcotton after starting for their seniors in the win over Camross.

While Brian Stapleton, who had been regraded, is also gone after making a substitute appearance in the same game.

Clough-Ballacolla reached the semi final of this last year and they have lost Cathal Dunne after their seniors draw with Rathdowney-Errill.

A really hard one to call but perhaps Clough-Ballacolla might shade it.

Verdict – Clough-Ballacolla

Laois IHC – Rathdowney-Errill v Clonad
In Errill at 7pm

Rathdowney-Errill host Clonad this evening in what shapes up to be a very interesting affair.

These sides met last year in a Round 2 Losers clash with Rathdowney-Errill running out 1-25 to 2-5 winners.

Shane Dollard, Thep Fitzpatrick and David Poynton, who all played in that game 12 months ago, are ineligible after playing senior against Clough-Ballacolla last night.

Clonad are without goalkeeper Colin Delaney but they are set to welcome back the likes of Enda Norton and Micheal Kerr which will make them stronger.

Expect it to be closer than last year, but home advantage may just tell.

Verdict: Rathdowney-Errill

SEE ALSO – Late goal sees Borris-Kilcotton get the better of Camross in SHC opener

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