Novel line up for hurling decider

Zane Keenan scores for Camross against Darragh Duggan,  Portlaoise in the SHC semi-final at O'Moore Park.Picture: Alf Harvey/hrphoto.ie
After four years where Rathdowney-Errill and Clough-Ballacolla shared the Laois Senior Hurling Championship between them, a different name will be added to the Roll of Honour.

After four years where Rathdowney-Errill and Clough-Ballacolla shared the Laois Senior Hurling Championship between them, a different name will be added to the Roll of Honour.

This year’s finals throws up a very novel pairing with Borris-in-Ossory/Kilcotton appearing in their first final as an amalgamated side against 23 times champions Camross.

Between them Borris-in -Ossory and Kilcotton have 15 titles as seperate entities however Borris-in-Ossory last won the title in 1972 while Kilcotton’s last success was way back in 1929.

However as a unified force, they have proven to be a formidable outfit overcoming both Rathdowney/Errill and Clough-Ballacolla on their way to the final. They will be looking to build on their unprecedented success at Minor level in recent years where they have won the last four in-a-row and coming within a whisker of making it five last Sunday.

Camross’ first round victory over Clough-Ballacolla set the tone for this year’s Senior Hurling Championship where the favourites have been left by the wayside.

While it may be a novel pairing for a final, all the games thusfar in the championship suggest it is going to be a memorable final which is sure to draw a huge crowd to O’Moore Park on Sunday afternoon.

Also in O’Moore Park on Sunday, Abbeyleix and Ballyfin go head to head in the Senior B Final hoing to become the side who replaces Ballinakill in the top flight. Both sides are unbeaten and have been free scoring throughout the campaign and this promises to be a very exciting curtain raiser to the main event.

Meanwhile the Senior Football Championship is down to the final four teams after the quarter-finals went very much as expected serving up some inticing semi-finals.

Having met in the final in 2009, 2010 and 2012, Portlaoise and Arles-Kilcruise will meet in the semi-final this year after overcoming O’Dempsey’s and Mountmellick respectively. After seeing off Killeshin, Graiguecullen face another derby in their semi-final as they have been drawn against Arles-Killeen who got the better of The Heath. In the Intermediate Championship semi-finals, Spink will face Clonaslee with Annanough and Ballyroan Abbey going head to head in the other semi-final.