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Previewing all five of Saturday’s Laois hurling championship matches

Players from 14 clubs will represent Laois at U-13 Leinster hurling blitzes

It is another extremely busy day of GAA action in Laois and we have five big championship games taking place today.

After Castletown’s dramatic win over The Harps, there are two more SHC encounters to look forward to today.

There are also two more IHC Round 2 clashes and the first of the Premier IHC games.

For a more in depth look at all of those matches, check out our previews below:

Laois SHC Round 2 – Borris-Kilcotton v Camross
In O’Moore Park at 1.30pm

This Group B double header will have a massive baring out the outcome of the group – and it begins at 1.30pm with Borris-Kilcotton v Camross.

Both teams come into the game desperate for a win off the back of indifferent performances.

Borris-Kilcotton had to come back from the dead in Round 1 to snatch a draw against Abbeyleix last time out.

While Camross were very much second best against Rathdowney-Errill as they fell to defeat.

However, Zane Keenan and Tomas Keyes missed that game through injury and there are hopes that they will be back for this game.

If Borris-Kilcotton win, they are through to the knock-out phase while a Camross victory would leave the group wide open heading into the final round – and they may defy the odds to do so.

Odds – Borris-Kilcotton 10/11, Camross Evs, Draw 8/1

Laois SHC Round 2 – Rathdowney-Errill v Abbeyleix
In O’Moore Park at 3pm

The second of the double header looks a far straighter game to sort out than the first.

Championship favourites Rathdowney-Errill were nowhere near their best against Camross in Round 1 but still managed to win.

While Abbeyleix, as mentioned above, almost pulled off a shock and defeated Borris-Kilcotton only for a late PJ Scully free.

Rathdowney-Errill are set to be without Paddy McCane for this one and he was very good against Camross.

But they should still have more than enough and, pending the result of the first game, could qualify as group winners with a victory.

Abbeyleix will not be dead regardless of the result here and are likely to face a winner takes all encounter with Camross to finish in two weeks time.

Odds – Rathdowney-Errill 1/10, Abbeyleix 11/2, Draw 14/1

Laois Premier IHC Round 2 – Colt-Shanahoe v Portlaoise
In Ratheniska at 3pm

Two teams that had very different Round 1 results clash in Ratheniska this afternoon.

Defeated 2020 finalists Portlaoise began life at this grade once again by thrashing Camross two weeks.

While it was a very different story for Colt-Shanahoe who were put to the sword by Clonaslee.

With doubts over the fitness of their talisman James Keyes, it is impossible to see anything other than a convincing Portlaoise win.

Laois IHC Round 2 – Mountmellick v Trumera
In Mountmellick at 3pm

We predicted that this game would have a huge baring on the outcome of the group and so it has proved.

Trumera were big winners over neighbours Mountrath in Round 1 while Mountmellick lost out to The Harps.

Trumera reached the 2020 final, which was only played a few weeks ago, and were heavily beaten by Rathdowney-Errill.

They and Mountmellick engaged in an almighty tussle in 2019 where a replay was required to split the teams.

late Jimmy Hilliard free forced a replay in the quarter final the first day and Mountmellick won that by four points before eventually losing to Borris-Kilcotton.

Another tight battle is anticipated and the result will have a big impact on the eventual outcome of the group – with Trumera currently the favourites.

Laois IHC Round 2 – Mountrath v The Harps
In Mountrath at 5pm

It could be a case of win or bust for Mountrath this evening as they host The Harps in the final game of the day.

A win for Trumera in the game before this would mean that only a victory for Mountrath here would keep their semi final hopes alive.

Mountrath’s discipline let them down the last day as Jake Walsh, Matthew Rice and Paddy Williams all saw red against Trumera and are set to be suspended.

The Harps enjoyed a nine point win over Mountmellick in Round 1 but have since lost Richie Saunders, Cathal Murphy, Rian Edwards, Evan Deegan and Pat Walshe to their senior team.

Both sides are down numbers – but perhaps Mountrath can regroup and get over the line.

SEE ALSO – Bright start key as Castletown see off The Harps in epic encounter

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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.