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Ollie Baker

OLLIE Baker will, barring subsequent mishap, choose from a full squad on Sunday as his Kilmacud Crokes team take on club giants Ballyhale Shamrocks in Parnell Park in the AIB Leinster hurling semi-final in Parnell Park (2.0).

The double Clare All-Ireland winner (right) was forced into substituting both of his highly-rated wing-backs; Cian MacGabhann and Bill O'Carroll, early in Crokes extra-time quarter-final win over Rathdowney Errill.

But both have healed sufficiently in the subsequent two weeks and are thus certain to start against Ballyhale, who were only crowned Kilkenny county champions last Sunday in Nowlan Park.

"The last three weeks, a few lads that were carrying knocks were able to take a bit of time to recover and that has worked out well for them," Baker told the Herald. "They responded well to a bit of treatment.

"We're in good shape fitness wise, with regard to injuries. We've no problems. We'll be picking from a full deck."

Since beating the Laois champions by a single point, Baker's team have beaten both Cuala and Craobh ChiarĂ¡in in successive weekends to rise to second place in the AHL Division 1 League table behind St Jude's.

And Baker said the games were ideal preparation for what is sure to be a mammoth challenge next Sunday.

"It was good for guys to get out and play hurling again without lads being in the pressure of the Championship cauldron," he explained.


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