It’s another busy day of Laois club hurling championship action but the wheat is beginning to be separated from the chaff.
By this evening the semi-final pairings in the top three grades of the Laois hurling championships will be known – as well as all three relegation finals.
With supporters still prevented from attending games, we’ll be keeping you up to date on all the most relevant games.
Steven Miller will be in MW Hire O’Moore Park for the Laois SHC double header. Camross and Ballinakill meet in the first game at 1.30pm. Neither side have a chance of advancing to the semi-finals but the loser of this game will have to play Castletown in a relegation decider. A draw, however, would be enough to save Ballinakill.
In the second game, Abbeyleix will be looking to cause a shock against Rathdowney-Errill – a draw here would be enough to send Rathdowney-Errill through while Abbeyleix have to win.
What may be worth keeping an eye on is the winning margin – a Rathdowney-Errill by seven points or more would ensure they top the group. If they do they will play Borris-Kilcotton in the semi-final. A win by less than seven points would see them take on Rosenallis.
In the other games today, the big one in the Premier IHC is the meeting of Colt-Shanahoe and Ballyfin where the loser will drop into the relegation final to play Mountrath.
The other game between Portlaoise and Slieve Bloom will decide who tops the group. The winner of that one will play Camross in the semi-final while the loser will play The Harps.
Finally, in the third tier IHC, there’s plenty to play for with Mountmellick meeting Clough-Ballacolla and Borris-Kilcotton taking on Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe.
All four teams remain in contention for the semi-finals while only Mountmellick are certain of avoiding the relegation playoff.