The Laois hurlers are in Walsh Cup action this afternoon for their second round game against Kilkenny in Callan.
Having lost to Wexford last Sunday, Laois will need a win to have any chance of advancing to the latter stages of the pre-season competition.
Though you suspect manager Seamas ‘Cheddar’ Plunkett will be most concerned with getting more valuable game time into his side ahead of the Division 1 league opener at home to Tipperary on Sunday, February 6.
Brian Cody, beginning his latest campaign as Kilkenny manager, will field a side of mixed experienced but won’t want to get the season off to a losing start in what is their first outing.
They are away to Wexford next Sunday.
Laois haven’t named a team but it will be interesting to see if there are changes to the side that started in last week’s loss to Wexford.
2021 All Star nominee Paddy Purcell didn’t feature last week, nor did last year’s top scorer PJ Scully, Willie Dunphy, Ciaran McEvoy or Cha Dwyer who is on the long-term injured list.
The return of Aidan Corby and Ben Conroy to the county colours was a welcome boost while Stephen ‘Picky’ Maher returned to the full-forward line having featured as a wing-back last summer.
Ross King’s role will also be interesting to observe having come on at centre-forward to score three points last week but being closer to goal in most of last year’s games.
Younger names like Ciaran Byrne, Seamus Fitzpatrick, Cathal Dunne and Jordan Walshe will also be keen to get more game time as they seek to establish themselves.
The game throws in at 2pm and you can follow all of the action on our Live Blog below.