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Laois Senior Hurling Championship Group Stage Reaches Climax

A weekend of crucial action begins this evening in O'Moore Park.

GROUP B

It's decision weekend in the Laois Senior Hurling Championship, with a variety of storylines still to be ironed out. 

The first comes in Group B with the meeting of Abbeyleix and Camross in O'Moore Park this evening. 

Both sides are yet to get a win on the board this term, but Abbeyleix have a marginal advantage following their draw with Borris-In-Ossory/Kilcotton back in August. 

That means a draw will do for them to avoid a relegation play-off where as Camross know it is a must win contest after defeats to Borris/Kilcotton and Rathdowney/Errill. 

The loser of this is ultimately facing the prospect of lining out against The Harps or Rosenallis to secure their senior status next term. 

Throw-in this evening is at 7:30pm. 

Tomorrow the unbeaten top two in this section lock horns at 7:45pm in the county ground. 

With Borris/Kilcotton and Rathdowney/Errill already assured of a knockout place, but a direct path to the last four remains up for grabs. 

It's a repeat of the 2019 county final and sure to be another tight contest. 

Rathdowney have arguably been the more convincing this term having won both their games but history usually means little when these two meet. 

GROUP A 

There's a double header of action in Group A in O'Moore Park on Saturday. 

Reigning champions Clough/Ballacolla will look to maintain their excellent start to the defence of their trophy when they take on fellow unbeaten outfit Castletown. 

Both have ruthlessly dispatched Rosenallis and The Harps in the build-up to this one and will want to avoid both of the top seeds from Group B in the opening round of the knockout phase. 

It gets underway at 5:30pm. 

Off the back of that at 7:00pm, an entirely different struggle will commence as The Harps and Rosenallis bid to pick up their first win of 2021. 

Much like Group B both teams know the loser will be forced into a relegation playoff with the bottom side in Group B in a fortnight. 

The only minor advantage for The Harps is their marginally better scoring difference means a draw should be enough for them to advance into the quarter-finals. 

No matter which way you look at it, four tasty games in store over the coming three days. 

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