Few bits of note (fuck off ye cunts) in Laois over the weekend.
Emo won the IFC replay against Portlaoise. They conceded 1-1 in the opening minutes, but stormed back through player manager Paul Lawlor who bagged 2-4 to slay the beast. They return to Senior ranks after a one year absence.
Two absolutely tiny rural clubs picked up titles over the weekend in the IHC and JHC. Ballypickas, a club perhaps known to a few due to a long running high profile boundaries battle that makes the national news every now and then, came from behind to win by a point against Rathdowney/Errils 3rd team to win the JHC. Ballypickas have fuck all of a pick, and stay alive on a whim and a prayer. They brought through a few tidy young hurlers in recent years, and managed to keep them due to an amalgamation at adult level that allows them hurl senior with Ballinakill and still play Junior with their own club, win win for everyone, once there’s no clashes. They’d barely have 20 hurlers, and you’d question how many of that 20 are hurlers, or even fit, but fair fucks to them.
Trumera won the IHC, a club known for being the home of Liam O Neill. They are on the outskirts of Mountrath and there has been many talks of them and Mountrath throwing their lot in together over the years. Anyway, they won the IHC 2 years ago with about 17 players ( match day panel of 22 togged out on Sunday, but 2 were injured and well the others, we’ll say no more), and many of them the wrong side of 30, and some the wrong side of 40. Anyway, they were bet back down, and many thought that’d be the end of it. But they held onto most of them, and went on and won the IHC again this year, beating Rathdowney/Errills second team by a point. 2 years ago they had a father and son, Dylan and Damien Lalor, playing in the full forward line, and they were there again this year, winning another medal starting alongside each other.
Rathdowney/Errill therefore lose two finals in one day, both injury time. Tough on Brandon McGinley especially, he scored 1-2 in the junior and came on as a sub in the intermediate.
To take this back to the start then, to make the story even better for young Dylan Lalor, he won the IFC with Emo Friday night, and the IHC with Trumera on Sunday.