Stars of the future take centre stage at Laois Cumann na mBunscol Hurling Finals

Liam O’Neill’s last game in charge of Gaelschoil Tromaire for the foreseeable future ended in disappointment on Friday last as they lost out to Killanure in Roinn 7 of the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol finals.

Liam O’Neill’s last game in charge of Gaelschoil Tromaire for the foreseeable future ended in disappointment on Friday last as they lost out to Killanure in Roinn 7 of the Allianz Cumann na mBunscol finals.

The annual showcase of the primary school hurling scene got underway late last week, with the rest of the games set to take place over yesterday (Tuesday) and today (Wednesday). If last Friday’s game is anything to go by it should be two cracking days of competition, with Killanure taking the title courtesy of a 6-9 to 2-9 victory.

This is Liam O’Neill’s last term as principal of the school his family have taught in for 101 years without a break, before he takes a secondment in June to concentrate fully on his role as President of the GAA.

He will have been happy with the effort put in by his young side here too, with third class pupil Adam Kirwan really catching the eye as he hit 1-8 out of Trumera’s 2-9. For Killanure, Eoin Gaughan and Mikey Doran were in top form in front of goal, as they scored 4-9 between them.

While debate rages at county level about the strength of football after the recent poor showing of the county teams, the work being put into hurling in the county appears to be paying off, with the range of schools taking part in the finals expanding every year. Yesterday’s finals saw teams from Emo compete in both boys and girls finals, while The Heath, The Rock and Ballyroan all took part in camogie finals, while today will see Stradbally and Ballyadams also taking part.

The full list of todays fixtures (Wednesday) is as follows, with all parents and supporters urged to make it into O’Moore Park to cheer on the teams. Division 1 Camogie: Derrylamogue v Camross @ 2pm; Division 2 Hurling: Scoil Bride v Derrylamogue @ 3pm; Division 5 Camogie: Shanahoe v Castlecuffe @ 4pm; Division 3 Camogie: Paddock v Killadooley @ 4pm; Division 5 Hurling: Knock v Ballyadams @ 5pm; Division 6 Hurling: Stradbally v Rosenallis @ 5pm.

See next week’s Express Sport for full coverage of all games.