Tough draw for defending champions

The draw for the quarter-finals of the Sparrow Insurances Laois Senior Hurling Championship was made on Monday night and it has thrown up some intriguing encounters.

The draw for the quarter-finals of the Sparrow Insurances Laois Senior Hurling Championship was made on Monday night and it has thrown up some intriguing encounters.

Defending champions Rathdowney Errill have been handed a tough draw as they look to defend their title as they have been drawn to face this year’s Division 1 League Champions The Harps.

Elsewhere defeated finalists in 2010 Camross face the defeated finalists of 2009 Portlaoise. The sides also met in the 2007 decider where Camross came out on top.

Group A runners up Ballinakill face Abbeyleix who finished third in Group B while Group A winners Clough Ballacolla have been handed a tougher assignment than the runners up in their group as they have been drawn against Castletown Slieve Bloom who finished second in Group B.

SHC Quarter-Final Draw

Portlaoise v Camross

The Harps v Rathdowney Errill

Ballinakill v Abbeyleix

Clough Ballacolla v Castletown Slieve Bloom