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Our second last hurling rankings as championship draws to a close

Our second last hurling rankings as championship draws to a close

first_imgHome Sport GAA Our second last hurling rankings as championship draws to a close SportGAAHurling RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Camross sit top of our hurling rankings with one more weekend to go A defining weekend in the hurling championship has just concluded.So with just two more games to go, our hurling rankings are almost complete for 2018.Check them out below:25 – Park-Ratheniska/Timahoe (Down 1)A disappointing first season for the new club – three games, three losses and relegation to the junior ranks. Still, they hurled better in their relegation game against Rathdowney-Errill than they did in previous outings – and dropping down isn’t the end of the world if they can learn from it and look to bounce back straight away. Drop as a result of Mountmellick’s win.24 – Mountmellick (Up 1)Chris Hartnett’s men did it at the weekend as they won back-to-back championships. They were a Junior B side when we started the rankings last year but are now fully deserving of their place after jumping up to the IHC.23 – Ballypickas Gaels (No change)Promoted from junior last year, they had a decent enough year in the intermediate grade and weren’t that far off reaching a semi-final. Many of their players were involved with Shanahoe Gaels in the Senior ‘A’ who lost the quarter final.22 – Rathdowney-Errill (No change)They’ll be glad they secured their intermediate status but it was a disappointing season in the end – having been in last year’s final and in the Division 1A league decider.21 – Clonad (No Change)A poor performance against Clough-Ballacolla in the quarter-final sees them drop a couple of places. Their Round 2 win over Rathdowney-Errill was a highlight but they’ll be disappointed with their season overall.20 – Clough-Ballacolla (Down 1)A comfortable win over Clonad saw them reach the semi-finals but they were well beaten by eventual champions Slieve Bloom and fall as a result.19 – Borris-Kilcotton (Down 2)Began the year as our topped ranked intermediate side following relegation from the Senior A ranks last year. However, suffered a surprise defeat in the semi final stage to Camross and that sees them fall.18 – Camross (Up 2)Lost a couple of players to their senior team early on but went on a remarkable run which took them all the way to the final. And they were three points up with less than five minutes to go before Slieve Bloom scored two late goals to win.17 – Trumera (Down 1)Their return to the Senior ‘A’ grade ended up similar to their last one in 2016 – with four losses and relegation. Neighbours Mountrath saw them down and they will have to regroup next year in the IHC.16 – Slieve Bloom (Up 2)What a year it has been for Slieve Bloom. A Junior C football title last week was added to on Saturday by the one they really wanted – the IHC title. They have jumped up two grades in the last three years and have a very young team who can improve again.15 – Mountrath (No change)Lost narrowly to Shanahoe Gaels to land them in the relegation decider. But did enough to see off neighbours Trumera and stay up.14 – Colt Gaels (No change)Won their first game against Mountrath but then lost their next two by an average of nine points. Landed in the quarter finals where they were well beaten by Rosenallis. A bad year for last year’s finalists.13 – Shanahoe Gaels (No change)Having been in last year’s relegation final, they’ve won two of their three group games and set up a quarter-final against Portlaoise. Looked set to win that but a strong finish by Portlaoise saw them denied by a point.12 – Rosenallis (Down 1)Reached the semi final again this year but they once again came up short. This time The Harps proved too strong and it is very difficult to compete at such a high level in both hurling and football.11 – Clonaslee-St Manman’s (Down 1)Going unbeaten in their first three games meant straight through to the semi-finals which marked an improvement on last year’s disappointing campaign. However, they came unstuck against Portlaoise at the weekend.10 – Portlaoise (Up 2)Two losses in their opening two games was followed by a predictable win over Trumera in Round 3. That put them in the quarter final where they defeated Shanahoe Gaels and then at the weekend they gained revenge over Clonaslee to reach the final. Some turnaround.9 – The Harps (No change)Still the top of the Senior ‘A’ pile following three comfortable group wins and a semi final triumph over Rosenallis. The pressure will be cranked up now to win the final – and they have to respond.8 – Ballyfin Gaels (No change)Four senior championship games, four losses and instant relegation to Senior ‘A’. Battled well in each game but struggled to score goals with only one green flag raised in four games. Without that they were going to struggle but they made a match of it in three of their last four games.7 – Castletown Gaels (No change) In the first half of their win over Ballyfin Gaels, they were incredibly impressive and had they kept that up, we’d have moved them up one spot. They saw an eight-point lead evaporate though only to steady themselves to pull through. Have something to work with and build on and while they end the championship with a couple of big beatings and the lowest scoring record of the eight senior teams, they will be mad keen to show improvement in 2019.6 – Abbeyleix (No change)Their win over Ballyfin Gaels kept them safe – and they headed into a quarter-final outing against Rathdowney-Errill. But they were absolutely hammered in that game and will have to pick themselves up for next season.5 – Clough-Ballacolla (Down 3)The 2017 defeated finalists finished the season with two massive defeats. They lost by 11 points to Camross in their final group game and were beaten by even more in the quarter final by Borris-Kilcotton. A very disappointing end.4 – Ballinakill (Up 1)Surprised everyone by making the semi finals and were right there with Rathdowney-Errill for 40 minutes before Paddy Purcell’s goal changed everything. A positive year for the club though.3 – Borris-Kilcotton (Up 1)A loss to Ballinakill stunted Borris-Kilcotton’s progress but they responded well to defeat Ballacolla in the quarter final. Faced Camross at the weekend and looked like they would win when they got a point up midway through the second half. However, Camross got back on top via Mark Dowling’s goal and won well in the end.2 – Rathdowney-Errill (Up 1)The Laois SHC final will be a repeat of the league final as Rathdowney-Errill have come through the pack to square up against Camross in the decider. Have recorded good wins over Abbeyleix and Ballinakill to get here and will give Camross plenty to think about.1 – Camross (No change)Still Number 1 and still the team to beat. Looked in trouble in the second half against Borris-Kilcotton but found a way to win as they usually do. No team has retained the Bob O’Keeffe Cup since 2003 but Camross are now firm favourites to do that.SEE ALSO – LISTEN: A comprehensive review of the weekend’s action including ‘Listener’s Questions’ WhatsApp Pinterest WhatsApp Council By LaoisToday Reporter – 25th September 2018 TAGSLaois GAA hurling rankings New Arles road opens but disquiet over who was invited to official opening Pinterest Twitter Community Our second last hurling rankings as championship draws to a close Previous articleRetired Laois tailor sings his way to €27,000 on Winning StreakNext articleTwo Laois lads feature in new FIFA 19 game LaoisToday Reporter Facebook Community Facebook Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Twitterlast_img read more