A Laois hurler may have scored one of the most obscure points ever witnessed on Saturday.
Clough-Ballacolla were taking on Abbeyleix in the Laois Senior Hurling Championship for a place in the county final, but the game was overshadowed by one moment of superb improvisation this semi-final will undoubtedly be remembered for.
With Clough-Ballacolla running away with the game in the dying embers of the second half, Stephen Bergin took inspiration from his footballing counterparts after losing his hurley in a challenge. Most players would pass it off to one of their fellow teammates at this point, but Bergin, clearly exuding confidence from his earlier point, decided to go it alone by soloing the ball off his boot like a seasoned inter-county footballer.
Clearly, this beautiful reinterpretation of the game caught the Abbeyleix defence by surprise. Five defenders couldn’t stop him as he sidestepped them all before racing through to kick a point.
We’re guessing this will be one of the few kicked points in any county hurling championship across the country this year.
Video credit: CLG Laois
Clough-Ballacolla ultimately won the game 0-18 to 0-10 to advance to the county final, where Bergin, despite his clever use of the boot, will be looking to score a few more orthodox points with hurley in hand.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena
Hat tip: Balls.ie