Tuesday 20 February 2018

Ask not what your county can do for you - Podge Collins epitomises all that is great in the GAA

Podge Collins the footballer and hurler
Podge Collins the footballer and hurler
Donnchadh Boyle

Donnchadh Boyle

Clare dual star Podge Collins is heading into another hectic weekend as he faces the prospect of lining out for the county's footballers and hurlers in just over 24 hours.

Collins will line out for the footballers against Roscommon in the qualifiers on Saturday afternoon at Pearse Stadium in Salthill before facing Galway in the All-Ireland SHC quarter-final on Sunday in Thurles.

It won't be the first time Collins has double-jobbed for the county this year. The Cratloe star played 70 minutes as the Banner saw off Limerick in a back-door clash in hurling last Saturday week. And the following day he played just over 20 minutes as the Clare footballers came from behind to beat Laois in Ennis.

However, this time around he'll see action with the footballers first with his father and Clare football manager Colm Collins admitting that it's a hectic schedule.

"We'll just have to see how it goes on Saturday," Collins Snr replied, when asked if he would try and limit Podge's game-time given his schedule.

"It is probably tough on Podge with the schedule but that's the way it is. Both teams are still in it and it has happened before this year.

"He's available for selection like everyone else. We have a tremendous panel. There is genuinely competition for places there. Our bench have helped get us over the line the last two games and that will be important to us again on Saturday."

Irish Independent

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