Big wknd for laois hurling starting on Saturday with the minors. I have been pleasantly surprised with this group, they were very weak at u14,15 & 16 level but they seemed to be heading in the right direction. Great win against Offaly albeit Offaly are missing a good few who won't commit due to the management apparently. Then a big performance in Dublin, unfortunately they couldn't see it out. Meath will be no walkover tho as they hammered Westmeath by a cricket score. I believe Enda Parlon is available this weekend so that's a plus. Hopefully they can beat Meath and have a crack at one of the big guns. Fair play to the management team they seem to have the team fit and finely tuned. They remind me of some of the Offaly teams of old, getting the best out of themselves and not afraid to have a go. It's funny, this team were given no chance at the start of the year while last years team was supposed to be one of the best ever. Anyway best of luck to all concerned on Saturday.
Just a word on the under 21s, I'd be hoping they will do better than last years group anyway which was a disaster. Cha is gone but there are 13 guys getting good experience with the senior panel. I think D Hartnett, R Mullaney, L Bergin, S Downey, L Cleere, E Killeen, A Dunphy, P Simms, L O Connell, A Corby, M Kavanagh, J Lennon and B Corby are all on the senior panel. S Phelan, R Phelan, J Geaney, S Dunphy, A Bergin, A Mortimer, E Cuddy would be other notable additions if available
C Phelan is injured.