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New jersey unveiled as two Portlaoise Hockey teams make winning start to new year

Portlaoise Ladies Hockey

The season of 2022-23 is a historic one for Portlaoise Hockey Club as they have two teams competing in the Leinster hockey league.

Portlaoise 1s team have been playing in LW Division 7 and Portlaoise 2s team have been playing in LW Division 11.

Both teams were in action on Saturday in their brand new jerseys.

Portlaoise 1s team were in action against Genesis 4th team in Loreto College, Kilkenny and came out winners with the final score 4–0.

This win has left the Portlaoise 1s team on top of the LW Division 7 table.

Later that day the Portlaoise 2s were in action against Carlow 2s and made it a double win for the club as the final score in that game was 5–1.

Both sides were wearing their brand new jerseys for their games last weekend that were sponsored by Manor Stone Quarries.

The Laois company was the winner of the Jersey Sponsorship draw held back in November.

All in Portlaoise Ladies Hockey club would like to give a special thanks to Tom Hennessy of Manor Stone Quarries and also Darren in DS Sports for the top quality jerseys.

The club were overwhelmed by the level of support from local businesses for their recent fundraising Jersey Sponsorship draw and would like to extend a huge thank you to all businesses who supported the club by buying tickets for the draw.

The fundraising supports the day-to-day costs of the club, in particular, the cost of renting pitches for training and for matches due to the lack of suitable Astro-turf pitches available to the club in the locality.

In addition, the fundraising supports the costs of new gear, umpiring and coaching.

A spokesperson for the club said: “Although we are half way through the season there is still time to get involved as new players and returning players are always welcomed.

“Training takes place every Tuesday evening at 7.30 pm in Abbeyleix Astro pitch and keep an eye on our social media for weekly team updates.”

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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.