Allianz Leagues – Senior Hurling and Football Weekend Previews
Ahead of a busy weekend for both our Senior Hurlers and Footballers this weekend, we provide a short preview of both games.
Preview – Senior Football Vs London – Sunday at 1pm
Laois Senior Football manager Billy Sheehan, has named his side to face London this weekend in the Allianz Football League: Division 4 (Round 7) fixture. Throw in, is this Sunday March 26 at 1pm in McGovern Park, Ruislip, London.
There are no changes to the Laois team from the side that started against Leitrim last week.
Team news: Boost for Laois. Eoin Lowry and Kevin Swayne who both came off injured last week after putting in great performances, are both fit to start on Sunday.
One to watch: O’Dempseys clubman Mark Barry is in excellent form heading into the game, following his most recent performance of scoring 8 points against Leitrim.
Laois connection with London: Former Laois and Portlaoise player Cahir Healy, is a member of the 2023 London Senior Football panel and started the Round 3 fixture versus Wicklow on February 18th. He is currently an injury worry for London, carrying a hip injury and it is currently unknown if he will start on Sunday.
Promotion Permutations: Should Laois beat London on Sunday, Leitrim emerge successful against Sligo and subject to the score difference should Wicklow also beat Waterford, then Laois will set up a Croke Park final against Leitrim with the winner gaining promotion to Division 3 next year.
All games are at 1pm on Sunday March 26 so it’s all to play for!
Preview – Senior Hurling Vs Westmeath – Saturday at 2pm
Laois Senior Hurling manager Willy Maher, has named his side to face Westmeath in the Allianz Hurling League: Roinn 1 Play-Off Relegation this Saturday March 25 at 2pm in FBD Semple Stadium, Thurles.
A Laois win will see them stay in Division 1 for 2024.
Team news: There are 3 team changes to Laois from the side that started against Dublin last week. In comes Fiachra C Fennell (no.2) , Patrick Purcell (no.8) & Martin Phelan (no.13)
One(s) to watch: Enda Rowland produced an outstanding display last week for Laois against Dublin. Likewise, Stephen Picky Maher scored 11-pts Vs Dublin last week, a single game record for any player in a league game Vs Dublin. Picky also has the honour of scoring Laois’ 5,000th point in the National Hurling League (he also scored Laois 4,000th point Vs Cork in 2014!)!
Welcome Back, Jack: We’re all delighted to hear of the return of Jack Nolan to the commentary box in Semple Stadium, to be broadcast live on Midlands Radio 103. We wish him all the best on his return this weekend.
Minor Hurling Championship: Our Minor hurlers start their Leinster Championship campaign Vs Kilkenny tomorrow in Laois Hire O’Moore Park at 12pm. All support is appreciated, best wishes to the players and management ahead of the game.
For Match tickets to both fixtures: https://www.gaa.ie/tickets/
To follow live match and score updates go to: Laois GAA Twitter: https://twitter.com/CLGLaois