GAA NEWS - Sean Conroy named as new Laois hurling selector

Brendan Fennelly's backroom team has finally been given a second selector, after it was confirmed that Sean Conroy from The Harps has joined the county setup.

Brendan Fennelly's backroom team has finally been given a second selector, after it was confirmed that Sean Conroy from The Harps has joined the county setup.

Fennelly met with Conroy after Sunday's game against UCD, and he admits he's delighted to have someone with his experience joining the mangement team. "Sean knows every player in the county, and he's already pinpointed players he'd like us to take a look at.

"He has plenty of experience of hurling in the Laois and that suits me, because I'm still in the learning process."

Conroy will bring a wealth of club knowledge to the table, having managed The Harps senior team up to 2009. A Deputy Principal in St Fergal's College in Rathdowney, Conroy will join Rosenallis' Seamus Dooley and Fennelly in the management team, with Ken Archbold acting as the team's physical trainer.

Archbold, who works as a PE teacher in St Kieran's College in Kilkenny, has previously worked with James Stephen's, and was also involved with the Kildare senior hurling team during Andy Comerford's time in charge.

While Sean Conroy has been added to the Laois setup, Brendan Fennelly will have to plan without Rathdowney-Errill midfielder Shane Dollard after he was ruled out for the next two to three months.

Dollard suffered a serious injury to his left hand in a work-place accident last week, and was brought to hospital in Cork where he was operated on over the weekend.

It is believed he suffered tendon damage tin the affeected hand, and he will be in a cast for the next six weeks before he can start his rehabilitation.

Dollard had been set to line out at midfield for Laois on Sunday against UCD, but his withdrawal paved the way for Chris Murray to start at wing forward, with Sean Bourke moved to midfield.

Laois will face up to Wexford this Sunday in Rathdowney, a game which should provide a stiff challenge for Laois even if Wexford will be without their Oulart The Ballagh players, who will be involved in the Leinster club hurling final.

If Laois were to overcome Wexford this weekend, they will face the winners of Kilkenny and NUIG in the semi-final.