Friday 23 February 2018

Bugler: It will be failure not to win another All-Ireland with Davy Fitz

Clare hurler Brendan Bugler with his 2013 GAA GPA All-Star award
Clare hurler Brendan Bugler with his 2013 GAA GPA All-Star award

Jackie Cahill

CLARE star Brendan Bugler says that it will be a "failure" if the All-Ireland senior hurling champions don't win another title under manager Davy Fitzgerald.

Clare tasted Liam MacCarthy Cup success last September, for the first time since 1997, and right half-back Bugler was one of the players of the season for the Banner.

But the Whitegate clubman is desperate for more glory and he believes that it can be achieved over the next few years.

"You'll push yourself through the pain to try and get back up there again. And I'll try to win as much as I can with this bunch of guys. Because with the age group of the lads, it's going to be seen as a failure if Clare don't win another All-Ireland," said Bugler.


"That's the target. I'm not saying that it's going to be this year, I'm not saying it's going to be next year, but I think this team really want to win another All-Ireland. We're capable of it but the 'enjoyment', or whatever you want to call it, has to stop. It already has stopped."

Bugler, who made his senior inter-county debut in 2007, is targeting a Munster title next summer. He explained: "I don't have a Munster medal. My No 1 goal is to win a Munster medal. Second one obviously would be the MacCarthy as well.

Bugler admits that he's "very, very anxious" to emulate the feats of the Clare teams that won two All-Ireland titles in the mid-90s.

He acknowledged: "Again, you would be very, very anxious to definitely repeat what they did.

"We want to have a good run in the League. That was very important to us last year, staying up in Division 1. That game against Cork (relegation play-off) maybe laid the foundations, gave us serious belief. That was a big, big win for us. You want to be up in Division 1, playing these big, big games all the time.

Clare begin their 2014 campaign against Limerick tomorrow in the Waterford Crystal Cup quarter-final in Sixmilebridge.

Irish Independent

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