Camross claimed their 24th Laois SHC title on Sunday afternoon, as they withstood a late rally from Borris-Kilcotton to seal the win.
Inspired by Zane Keenan, who was outstanding in midfield, the Laois hurling kingpins were just too strong for Borris-Kilcotton on the day, as they claimed their first title since 2007.
Speaking afterwards, Keenan admitted he was going to really enjoy the win after the six year gap since their last success. “We’ll savour this because when I came on the team first, I thought we were going to win everything. But they don’t come around too often and we’ll work hard from here on in.”
The Camross man also revealed how an emotional meeting the night before the game helped to prepare the Camross squad. ““We had to dig deep this year and we’re after losing a lot of players.
“A special, special thing happened last night. We had our meeting and words couldn’t describe what happened. There’s 11 boys gone off our team at the start of this year and they all got together in Australia, in America and in Dubai and they all did a video for us to wish us the best of luck.
“It was unbelievable. It went on for five or six minutes. It was one of the best things that anyone could ever do. Words can’t describe it. It was deadly so it was.
“There’s pictures of lads in the arsehole of nowhere in Australia with flags and Camross jerseys on them on Facebook, but everyone was saying that words can’t describe what happened last night at that meeting.
“It got everyone going. We won it for them boys out there and we won it for our parish and we won it for our friends and we won it for our family and ourselves.”
Camross will now go on to meet the winners of Birr and Kilcormac-Killoughey in the first round of the Leinster CLub SHC, with that game due to be in O’Moore Park on November 3.
Sunday also proved to be a memorable day for Abbeyleix, and Eoin Reilly in particular, as they claimed the SHC ‘B’ title with a 4-12 to 0-9 win over Ballyfin.
Laois goalkeeper Reilly was the star of the show, as he scored 4-4 from full-forward as Abbeyleix eased to the win.
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