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Laois U-20 hurlers confirm 35-player panel ahead of Leinster championship campaign

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Laois U-20 hurling manager Ollie Hally has named a 35-player panel ahead of the upcoming Leinster championship.

Clough-Ballacolla lead the way with seven representatives while a total of 11 clubs feature.

The Harps are next with six while both Camross and Abbeyleix have five players each.

Of the 35, ten were part of the Laois minor hurling team that reached the Leinster final last year.

Cormac Hogan, Joseph Pearson, Thomas Brennan, Bobby Murphy, Eoghan Cuddy, Tom Cuddy, Kevin Byrne, Jer Quinlan, Jack Breen and Brochan O’Reilly have all made an immediate step up.

Last year, Laois reached the quarter final of this competition where they were agonizingly defeated by Wexford.

Lawson Obular, Padraig Brennan, Philip Tynan, Cody Comerford, Cillian Dunne, Cathal Murphy and Noah Quinlan all featured in that game and will be hoping to use their experience from that campaign in this one.

Laois are in Tier 2 of the Leinster champions and have been draw in Group 2.

They will be away to Kildare in round 1 on April 1 before hosting Carlow and Kerry in the following games.

Laois must finish in the top two places in order to progress to preliminary quarter finals.

If they win that, they will play a quarter final against the teams in Tier 1 that finish third and fourth in that group.

Laois U-20 Hurling Panel 2023

Cillian Dunne (Clough-Ballacolla)
Lochlainn Conway (Clough-Ballacolla)
Cormac Hogan (Clough-Ballacolla)
Joe Corby (Clough-Ballacolla)
Joseph Pearson (Clough-Ballacolla)
Padraig Brennan (Clough-Ballacolla)
Thomas Brennan (Clough-Ballacolla)
Bobby Murphy (The Harps)
Ciaran Flynn (The Harps)
Cathal Murphy (The Harps)
Cody Comerford (The Harps)
Jim O’Connor (The Harps)
Rory Dunne (The Harps)
Cathal Cuddy (Camross)
Eoghan Cuddy (Camross)
James Cuddy (Camross)
Tom Cuddy (Camross)
Kevin Byrne (Camross)
Colin Byrne (Abbeyleix)
Lawson Obulor (Abbeyleix)
Liam Kavanagh (Abbeyleix)
Ross Coffey (Abbeyleix)
Shaun Fitzpatrick (Abbeyleix)
Jer Quinlan (Borris-Kilcotton)
Noah Quinlan (Borris-Kilcotton)
Philip Tynan (Borris-Kilcotton)
Brian Duggan (Ballinakill)
Ryan Quinlan (Ballinakill)
Aaron Phelan (Castletown)
Jack Breen (Castletown)
Cian Conroy (Clonaslee-St Manman’s)
Tom Smith (Clonaslee-St Manman’s)
Finn Culleton (Mountmellick)
Brochan O’Reilly (Portlaoise)
Ben Campion (Rathdowney-Errill)

Manager: Ollie Hally
Coaches: Andrew Kavanagh, Christy Coughlan, Sean Conroy, Tadhg Doran and Conor Shannon
Physios: Miriam Harrison and Sarah Fogarty
Kitman: Conor McCausland
Sports psychologist: Laura Langton
Liaison: Oonagh Maher

SEE ALSO – 15 transfers approved by Laois GAA ahead of the 2023 club season

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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.