Council Home GAA Hurling Kelly names starting team as Laois hurlers get set to face Offaly GAAHurlingLaois Senior Hurling TeamSport WhatsApp Rugby Kelly names starting team as Laois hurlers get set to face Offaly Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp Laois County Council team up with top chef for online demonstration on tips for reducing food waste Brought to you in association with Telfords PortlaoiseLaois manager Eamonn Kelly has kept faith with the same starting 15 that beat Antrim last weekend for Sunday’s Allianz Hurling League Division 1B game away to Offaly.Laois got their first win of the campaign last Saturday when they had five points to spare over Antrim at home and they make the short trip to Tullamore this Sunday for another crucial clash.Kelly has named an unchanged team, a luxury he hasn’t had too often in his time in charge to date.Last year’s minor star Ciaran Comerford is named to start once again having been a late addition the last day when he came in instead of Mark Kavanagh. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Laois finish up the league stages of the competition at home to Dublin next Sunday.This weekend’s other Division 1B games see Galway at home to Dublin and Limerick away to Antrim.LAOIS: Enda Rowland; Donnacha Hartnett, Leigh Bergin, Lee Cleere; Podge Lawlor, Matthew Whelan, Eric Killeen; Paddy Purcell, James Ryan; Ben Conroy, Cha Dwyer, Willie Dunphy; Ross King, Neil Foyle, Ciaran Comerford.SEE ALSO – 7 Talking Points as Laois hurlers see off Antrim Community TAGSAllianz Hurling League Division 1BLaois senior hurlersLaois v OffalyOffaly Captain Ross King, who scored 15 points, lines out in the full-forward line alongside Comerford and Neil Foyle, one of the side’s longer-serving players.Should Laois win on Sunday then they will give themselves a great chance of reaching a league quarter-final – and avoiding a relegation playoff.Offaly have already two points on the board having seen off Dublin in Croke Park in their opening game but have since lost to Limerick and Galway. Previous articleLaois football team named to take on WicklowNext articlePortlaoise on fire to win in Leinster Senior League Steven Millerhttp://www.laoistoday.ieSteven Miller is owner and managing editor of LaoisToday.ie. From Laois, Steven studied Journalism in DCU and has 14 years experience in the media, almost 10 of those in an editorial role. Husband of Emily, father of William and Lillian, he’s happiest when he’s telling stories or kicking a point. Twitter Twitter Laois County Council create ‘bigger and better’ disability parking spaces to replace ones occupied for outdoor dining Pinterest Facebook By Steven Miller – 23rd February 2018 Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad
MEXICO CITY – On Wednesday, Rory McIlroy’s voice carried across the professional golf landscape, the Northern Irishman drawing a hard line in the proverbial sand in what’s shaping up to be a potentially house-dividing clash between the PGA Tour and a proposed upstart circuit. On Thursday, he spoke even louder with his clubs on his way to a first-round 65 and a two-stroke lead at the WGC-Mexico Championship. Simply put, it was Rory McIlroy doing Rory McIlroy things. He was second in the field with a high-altitude aided 326.3-yard driving average; he eagled his second hole of the day (No. 11), thanks to a 279-yard 4-iron to 16 feet; and he needed just a 9-iron for his second shot at the par-5 15th hole after a 378-yard drive. That he set the pace on the windiest day since the year’s first WGC bolted South Florida for the tree-lined Chapultepec Golf Club only proved what we already know about McIlroy – he’s good at golf. “I don’t know if we’ve ever played this golf course in as much wind as today, especially some of the gusts that got up to maybe 10 or 15 mph,” said McIlroy, who finished runner-up to Dustin Johnson last year in Mexico. “Pulling clubs and sort of trying to figure out how the wind is going to affect the ball up here was a little tricky, but I felt like [caddie Harry Diamond] and I handled that pretty well.” If that seems as if McIlroy is underplaying his opening effort, it’s because he is. He didn’t call his round on Wednesday, but he did seem to state the obvious when he was asked if he could see himself shooting 21 under par this week. “I mean, yeah, I can,” he shrugged. Highlights: Rory jumps out to early lead at WGC-Mexico WGC-Mexico Championship: Full-field scores | Full coverage It likely won’t take anything close to 21 under, Johnson’s winning total last year, to take the trophy if the high winds persist but at his current pace it will take Herculean effort to beat Rory. It was during this run-up to the Masters last year when McIlroy embraced a more wholistic outlook. Heading into the 2019 WGC-Mexico Championship he’d finished in the top 5 in his first three starts of the year and when he found himself a runner-up in Mexico some began to question his ability to close. McIlroy never worried. He never wondered. He knew he was on the right path and broke through with a commanding performance a few weeks later at The Players. It was a victory that set the stage for his Player of the Year season. Those with no sense of history fell into a familiar trap after last week’s tie for fifth at the Genesis Invitational. He began the final round tied for the lead in Los Angeles but derailed his title chances early with a double-bogey 7 on the fifth hole. “I played 17 holes in 1 under par [in Los Angeles] and then I obviously had a bad hole on the fifth, but I actually took a lot of positives from Sunday,” he explained after being asked the difference between last Sunday and Round 1 in Mexico. Thursday’s play actually felt more like a continuation of last week, not a rebound. Perhaps the only thing that was different was McIlroy’s place in the game following his comments a day earlier regarding a proposed tour that’s attempting to woo some of the game’s top players away from the PGA Tour. Rory on Premier Golf League: ‘I don’t like it … I’m out’ Until this week most players had offered only glancing assessments of the Premier Golf League, but on Wednesday McIlroy became the first star to dig in against the league. “The more I’ve thought about it, the more I don’t like it,” he said. “For me, I’m out. My position is I’m against it until there may come a day that I can’t be against it. If everyone else goes, I might not have a choice, but at this point I don’t like what they’re proposing.” If you doubt the reach of McIlroy’s voice consider that within hours of his comments regarding the PGL some players, including Bubba Watson and Xander Schauffele, joined him on the PGA Tour side of the divide. As the world’s top-ranked player there will always be a degree of gravity to McIlroy’s comments, but his decision to speak out so early and so vehemently sent an undeniable statement. The PGL concept isn’t on the mat just yet but it certainly took a blow. All things considered it was a good Wednesday for McIlroy followed by an even more impressive Thursday.