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Leinster hurling championship action ahead for Laois seniors and minors today

Laois minor and senior hurlers

It is a big Saturday on the Laois hurling front as both the minors and the seniors are set to be in action.

Below, we will take a look at all the details ahead of both matches:

Dublin v Laois
Leinster Hurling Championship Round 1

When, where and what time?

Round 1 of the Leinster Championship takes place today in Parnell Park at 6.30pm.

What’s the team news?

Laois manager Seamas Cheddar Plunkett named his starting 15 last night.

As revealed during the week, Stephen Maher and Willie Dunphy miss out through injury.

But there is some good news as Portlaoise’s Ciaran McEvoy has recovered from a hand problem and will start at full back.

Dublin have also named their team for the encounter.

LAOIS: Enda Rowland; Diarmaid Conway, Ciaran McEvoy, Sean Downey; Podge Delaney, Liam O’Connell, Ryan Mullaney; Jack Kelly, Fiachra C Fennell; Cha Dwyer, Paddy Purcell, James Keyes; Ross King, PJ Scully, Mark Dowling

DUBLIN: Sean Brennan; John Bellew, Eoghan O’Donnell, Cian O’Callaghan; Donnacha Ryan, Paddy Smyth, James Madden; Conor Burke, Chris Crummy; Donal Burke, Davy Keogh, Danny Sutcliffe; Eamonn Dillon, Fergal Whitely, Ronan Hayes

How are Dublin going?

Dublin had a decent league and won what was a dead rubber against Laois in the final round a few weeks ago.

They also defeated Antrim and Tipperary but lost to Kilkenny and drew with Waterford.

They finished on seven points, level with Waterford in second place but lost out on a semi final on score difference.

Who’s managing Dublin and what players should we watch out for?

Mattie Kenny took over from Pat Gilroy in November 2018 and remains in charge. Previously to this, the Galway native enjoyed back to back All-Ireland club titles in 2017 and 2018 with Dublin club Cuala.

Chief among this power and pace for the capital are the likes of Chris Crummey, Donal Burke, Danny Sutcliffe and Ronan Hayes.

What’s Laois’s recent history like against Dublin?

This will be Laois’s ninth time to play Dublin in the last three years.

In January 2019, Eddie Brennan’s men gave a spirited performance against the light blues in the Walsh Cup – losing out by two points in the end, 1-18 to 1-16.

In March of that year, a dreary snow-filled day saw Laois take on Mattie Kenny’s side in division 1B where Dublin won 0-13 to 0-11. 

Those results meant that Laois went in as underdogs for 2019’s Preliminary All-Ireland clash – six days after Laois had won the Joe McDonagh Cup.

In a stunning game, Laois won 1-22 to 0-23 to seal a first All-Ireland quarter final place in 40 years.

2020 games took the same pattern with Dublin winning both the Walsh Cup and Division 1 encounters.

Dublin won 1-28 to 0-17 in the Walsh Cup and followed that with a 4-18 to 2-17 league win in February. But they also managed to follow that in the championship too – 2-31 to 0-23.

In 2021, Dublin beat Laois in the league and they repeated that feat in the 2022 edition a few weeks ago.

What are the odds?

Dublin are 1/14, the draw is 20/1 and Laois are 8/1.

Who’s reffing it?

Liam Gordon from Galway is the man in the middle. He previously took charge of last year’s All-Ireland qualifier between Laois and Waterford.

What’s the story with tickets?

It’s €20 for the stand and €10 for the terrace. Tickets must be pre-purchased, either in a participating SuperValu or Centra or online here. Cash is no longer being taken on the gate.

And updates?

We will be providing our Live Blog as usual with updates throughout from Midlands 103.

Laois v Offaly 
Leinster Minor Hurling Championship Tier 2 Round 2 in Tullamore at 12pm

A place in the Leinster minor hurling championship quarter finals is on the line as Laois and Offaly meet in Tullamore today.

Declan Qualter’s charges enjoyed a massive 4-23 to 0-9 win over Kildare in Round 1 of Tier 2 last weekend.

Whoever tops Tier 2, which also contains today’s opponents Offaly, will head for a quarter final spot.

While the loser will not be out and will instead will contest a preliminary quarter final against one of Antrim, Carlow, Derry, Down, Meath or Westmeath.

Ahead of the game, manager Qualter has made one change with Camross’ Kevin Byrne into the full forward line in place of Kevin Hyland.

This will be Offaly’s first outing of the year and Laois will be hoping that getting a game under their belt first will stand to them.

LAOIS: Brochan O’Reilly (Portlaoise); Bobby Murphy (The Harps), Ciaran Flynn (The Harps), Joseph Pearson (Clough-Ballacolla); Thomas Brennan (Clough-Ballacolla), Tom Cuddy (Camross), Andrew McDonagh (Ballinakill); Eoghan Cuddy (Camross), Cormac Hogan (Clough-Ballacolla); Ben Deegan (Camross), Caelum O’Brien (Mountrath), Jack Breen (Castletown); Kevin Hyland (Clough-Ballacolla), Jer Quinlan (Borris-Kilcotton), Cormac Byrne (Abbeyleix).

SEE ALSO – Big wins for Rosenallis seniors and St Joseph’s juniors plus all of this week’s results

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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.