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LIVE BLOG: Follow all the action as Laois face Waterford in Round 1 of All-Ireland Hurling Qualifiers

A shot at an extended season is up for grabs as Laois and Waterford clash this afternoon.

Nowlan Park is the venue as the Laois hurlers look to continue their All-Ireland journey for 2021.

This has not been a happy hunting ground for Laois this year following defeats to Kilkenny and Wexford.

But last weeks win over Antrim will have given them great confidence and they will be looking to play with the same freedom today.

One way or another – Laois will still have at least one more game to play before their 2021 campaign is over.

They will have to play Westmeath in the Division 1 league relegation playoff – but the exact date is dependent on what happens here.

If Laois win, they will progress to Round 2 of the All-Ireland hurling Qualifiers.

But if Laois lose, they will face Westmeath next weekend – with the Lake County playing Kerry in the Joe McDonagh Cup final later today.

You can follow all the action as it happens below with throw in at 2pm.

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.