Clonad, Trumera open with victories

The opening round of the Laois Intermediate hurling championship served up big wins for Clonad and Trumera, with the third game of the weekend postponed, and the fourth between Shanahoe and The Harps due to be played on Monday evening.

The opening round of the Laois Intermediate hurling championship served up big wins for Clonad and Trumera, with the third game of the weekend postponed, and the fourth between Shanahoe and The Harps due to be played on Monday evening.

Trumera opened their championship campaign with a facile 3-12 to 0-9 point victory over Park-Ratheniska in Shanahoe on Friday night.

Having led by just four points at the interval, Trumera produced a dominating second half performance to ease them over the line with twelve points to spare. Trumera’s tally of 2-7 in the second half, as opposed to Park-Ratheniska’s four points, displays the overall and complete performance produced by the eventual winners in the closing thirty minutes.

Trumera’s Seamus Holland was on-hand to fire two goals on the day, while both James Kerwin and Niall Sinnott slotted three points apiece. Cathal Brophy and Joey Coogan fired braces, while Colm Seale and Damien Lalor picked up singles as Trumera racked up a healthy scoreline.

Despite the twelve point defeat, Park-Ratheniska were served well in the scoring charts by brothers Sean and Gavin Tynan, with both raising the white flag on three occasions apiece.

The Timahoe and Ballypickas game which was scheduled to take place in Ratheniska on Sunday evening was postponed and will be re-fixed in the coming days.

Clonad were also big winners at the weekend as they outgunned Camross in Clonad on Friday evening on a scoreline of 0-22 to 0-8.

With the half time score reading ten points to five in favour of the eventual winners, Clonad landed twelve second half points, to Camross’ three, to see them progress to the next round.

David Mortimer proved reliable from frees for Camross as he landed four points, and a fifth from play. James Doran, Patrick Burke and Brendan Ryan all got in on the scoring too with a point apiece to complete Camross’ eight points on the day.

Ross Gill and Seoirse Conroy were in flying form for Clonad - both registering six points apiece, with four of those coming from placed balls. Kevin Bergin and Paul Ging both notched up four points, while corner-forward, Martin Norton 0-2,