While the focus is very much on the Kilkenny senior hurlers Allianz League final with Cork on Sunday the Kilkenny minor hurlers will play an Electric Ireland Leinster championship quarter final against Laois in Portlaoise on Saturday at 7pm. Adrian Ronan’s side has prepared well for this opening game and all support is welcome. Meanwhile Kilkenny will be missing a significant number of players for the League final with Richie Power joining Henry Shefflin,Michael Rice, Noel Hickey, Aidan Fogarty and Lester Ryan on the injured list. One piece of good news is the return of Richie and Paddy Hogan to fitness. Supporters are reminded that tickets are cheaper to buy in advance-details on this website.The curtain raiser in Thurles on Sunday will be the Irish Daily Star Camogie League final between Cork and Wexford at 2pm.