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Eight young players to watch out for in the 2021 Senior hurling championship

Less than two weeks after the 2020 Laois SHC concluded, the 2021 edition is set to get underway on Thursday evening.

The competition begins with the clash of Camross and Rathdowney-Errill on Thursday night.

Friday’s game between The Harps and Clough-Ballacolla has been postponed due to Covid-19 cases in the Durrow outfit.

The game must be played before next Wednesday or else they will be forced to give a walkover.

Saturday will see a double header of action involving Borris-Kilcotton v Abbeyleix and Castletown v Rosenallis.

It is an exciting championship and we expect several new players to sparkle in the games.

Here we have picked out one young players to watch out for from eight clubs that are taking part this year.

Check them out below:

Abbeyleix – Lawson Obulor

Captain of the Abbeyleix minor hurlers who claimed glory in 2020, Obulor has gone on to represent that Laois U-20s this year.

Tough as nails, good in the air and seriously quick, he will be a big asset on the half back line for this Abbeyleix team.

Borris-Kilcotton – Noah Quinlan

Noah Quinlan

Vice-captain of the Laois minors in 2020, Noah Quinlan will add something a bit different to Borris-Kilcotton this year.

Comfortable in both defence and attack, Quinlan can score freely. May start off with the intermediates, but do not be surprised to see him feature higher as the year progresses.

Camross – Tomas Keyes

The performances of Tomas ‘Mossy’ Keyes with the Laois U-20s were integral to the success of that team who reached the Leinster quarter finals.

Such is the depth of players in Camross, it is sometimes hard for a younger player to reach the top and while Keyes may start off with the Premier Intermediates, it is surely only a matter of time before he lines out with the seniors.

Castletown – Daire Tobin

After cutting his cloth with the Castletown juniors last year, Daire Tobin is primed for a cut at the top table this year.

Composed on the half back and full back lines, this young defender offers something different for manager Paddy Mullaney.

Clough-Ballacolla – Cillian Dunne

As a 15-year-old, Cillian Dunne shot the lights out and was named man of the match in the 2019 minor hurling championship final.

Three seasons later, he is now primed to join his goalkeeper brother Cathal in the Clough-Ballacolla senior team. Like many on this list, he will be eligible for the club’s intermediates first but should eventually break into the first team.

Rathdowney-Errill – Padraig Rafter

Padraig Rafter

A brilliant footballer who won minor with Ballyroan-Abbey in 2020, Padraig Rafter is also a fine hurler who represented the Laois U-20s this year.

Like Quinlan, he is comfortable in defence and attack – came off the bench in the Division 1 league final win for Rathdowney-Errill recently and should play a big part this year.

Rosenallis – Aodh Bowes

A Laois minor in 2020, Aodh Bowes is part of the latest crop of youngsters, alongside Alex Marron, Tom Fennelly and possibly David Dooley (although rugby commitments may rule him out), to join the Rosenallis ranks.

Bowes is a tidy hurler who is physically strong and should be well able for this level.

The Harps – James Duggan

Man of the match in his first ever game with The Harps’ first team less than two weeks ago – James Duggan continues to show his potential.

After an amazing year with the Laois U-20s, Duggan is one of the most talked about young players in the county – and you can expect him to live up to the hype in the championship this year.

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