A big weekend for Clare GAA and the Collins family

June 01, 2019

Clare's Podge Collins. ©INPHO/Laszlo Geczo.

Although Podge Collins is firmly focused on tomorrow’s Munster SHC clash with Tipperary – he will be keeping a close eye on how Clare’s football semi-final fixture with Kerry pans out this evening.

His father Colm will be patrolling the sideline in Cusack Park for the visit of the Kingdom and the talented Podge lived the life of a dual player in the past before deciding to concentrate on hurling from 2017 on.

“Yeah, I love playing football and I do miss it,” he admitted to Sky Sports.

“But I love playing hurling as well. I get to play with the club so it's not like it's completely finished.”

The Cratloe clubman insists that it won’t be for the want of effort on behalf of his footballing counterparts if things don’t go their way against Peter Keane & Co.

“This group of players, Gary Brennan, Gordon Kelly, Cathal O'Connor and Kevin Hartnett - what they give for training and what they put into Clare GAA is just unbelievable.

“They're role models, there's no doubt about it. The amount of effort they put in, it's no surprise that they've done as well as they have done to get to where they are.

“[But] there is another level. There's a jump up. It's very hard to make it. When you look at counties like Kerry and Dublin, it's very hard to close that gap.”

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