Fresh from securing their second Laois IFC final place in three years, Killeshin will go in search of even more glory this year when they take part in the semi-finals of Celebrity Bainisteoir on Sunday.
Killeshin will take on Sligo outfit St Patrick’s, coached by singer Tommy Fleming, at their home pitch in Killeshin. The club secured home advantage for the second game in a row after winning a 4X200m relay a couple of weeks ago, and they will be hoping their partisan home crowd can inspire them to victory.
St Patrick’s saw of Wicklow outfit Aughrim in the quarter-final, but couldn’t secure a semi-final draw on their own turf as the Killeshin quartet of Stephen Attride, Eddie Brennan, Jeff McDermott and Brian Kelly combined to secure their success in the relay race.
This game comes as perfect preparation for their IFC final date with Ballyroan-Abbey the following Sunday, and St Patrick’s will be tough opposition too. They won the Sligo IFC as recently as 2002 before dropping back and contesting the final against in 2006.
Killeshin need fear no-one though given the form they are in, as they hit a last-minute winner against Annanough to book their place in the IFC final on Saturday night. They will be hoping Cathal Brennan, who struck that winning score, will continue his impressive form this year as they bid to make a fifth final this year, after appearance in ACFL Division 3 and 5 finals as well as the U-21 ‘B’ final.
In other GAA news, a Laois selection of GAA players, picked from both county players and club players, will line out in Crettyard next Tuesday night for a challenge game against a touring Aussie Rules team at 7.30pm.
The Australian team, made up of players from the AFL and VFL leagues, are on a two week trip to Ireland and are taking in games in Dublin, Galway, Kerry and Cork on their trip, before playing an Irish selection.