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Laois Club SHC 2020

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merman:
Good synopsis Keyser.
I wouldn't bet against you being right.

Just to mention the streaming again, it's a really great service. There were a couple of little glitches at times but that could well be my broadband. I thought the commentators were good again.

RE will be slightly happier with the draw last night as they were nowhere near their best. They were reliant on frees but a lot of them were hard-earned and followed good play. They'll be content enough with their performance at the back, especially with Eric Killeen to come back in. A couple of other niggely injuries to Kelly and Kavanagh will clear up in time and they'll feel they're in a strong position now.

The stop-start nature of the game was frustrating but I think those types of games tend to suit CB. They will probably feel aggrieved at some of the decisions but I can't think of too many the ref got blatantly wrong to be honest. He's consistently inconsistent which frustrates teams.
They probably played the better hurling for most of the game but ill-discipline and profligacy in front of goal remain issues. It is easy to see how Picky Maher and Lee Cleere's absences really blunted them in the semi-final last year.
Interesting change in goals too; encouraging debut for Cathal Dunne who is highly-regarded.

I thought when RE went ahead that the game might slip away; that has been the issue with CB a lot over the last few years. But to their credit, they rallied well and dominated the closing period. If they can maintain that level of consistency and tidy-up a few areas, they'll be a threat this year.

I'd be shocked if either team stumbled against Castletown or Abbeyleix. They both look strong in a lot of areas and both should improve as the championship progresses.

Looking at potential county players, I thought Diarmuid Conway was outstanding marking Ross King. He might still be a bit light but he looks a really fine prospect.

Ogie:
I actually thought Borris Kilcotton were full value for their win Thursday night, neither team hurled brilliantly, with Borris Kilcotton dominating the first 20 minutes, Camross the first 15 min of the second half,
Once BK got to grips with Mark Dowling the Camross scores dried up, I think Borris Kilcotton will be quiet satisfied, digging out the win without hurling brilliantly & missing Scully
Whereas Camross have a bit more head scratching to do, stick or twist, revert once again to the old guard of Burke, Holmes etc or give the youth their chance.

Rathdowney Errill will be very happy to have avoided defeat, for the first time in a few years they have an unsettled team with new positions for a few, carrying injuries and prep not been great, where CB prob needed the win to get true belief back in themselves, they had a full hand to play with and shout themselves in the foot, Abbeyleix will fancy a craic

Ballinakill Rosenallis was a very poor standard for Senior hurling, Ballinakill again will be sick they didnít hold out, had some decent newcomers at the back but young guys up front found it difficult today, still if they can get Camross & BK into a battle ..., I just donít think they have the firepower, especially without Cha firing on full

Abbeyleix were impressive, but Castletown again poor, younger players were good & confident for Abbeyleix, may give the other two big guns a bit of trouble .
Nothing changes regarding the make up of the final 4,
But hard to call who tops group between RE & CB.

A good start hopefully with better to come

SpeculativeEffort:
From watching a few games and seeing team line-ups and subs used I think Castletown look weakest at the moment. A few starters that struggle at this level and very little coming in off the bench. Anything can happen but morale will have taken a knock and they facing two probable 10+ losses before relegation game. The relegation probables on otherside now have score difference to fight for so every minute counts and this could sharpen their hurling whichever team does end up in the relegation game.

Ogie:
Ill go for
Clough Ballacolla
Borris Kilcotton
Camross
Rathdowney Errill

With Abbeyleix and Ballinakill causing the most trouble

Keyser SŲze:
Poor poor stuff today. Not the fault of the victors.
Score line flattered Abbeyleix in the first one.
I think there are unfortunately more of these days ahead for Ballinakill.

There is genuine potential for Borris Kilcottonís 21 point margin to be topped tomorrow, particularly in the Rathdowney Errill game.

The gap between the two tiers is sadly widening. Abbeyleix probably best placed to close it a little, but not on todayís evidence.

I donít think todayís games will do much for generating a large TV audience tomorrow (or in Round 3).

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