'Cratloe always knew I would miss Munster final'
Brendan Bugler has explained his reasons behind forsaking Cratloe's Munster club senior football championship final for the hurling All Star trip to Shanghai in November.
Bugler, who hurls for Whitegate, won a Clare SFC medal with Cratloe in 2013, but he had booked time off from work for the Shanghai tour well in advance.
"In other years, Clare would be out of the championship in July and my own club (Whitegate) would be senior and they would also be out by early August.
"(Last) year, Whitegate were intermediate and we won the county title and Clare won the All-Ireland.
"I don't go back to Cratloe until my own club is out of the championship. That's set in stone.
"So the only chance I got to go back to them was the week before the county final.
"It was a bit weird going back in at that stage but (manager) Colm Collins was on to me, and the Cratloe lads are great lads. I'd be very friendly with a lot of them.
"They were only delighted to see me back in for the final. I didn't play but it was nice to be involved.
"I knew (in 2012) that I was going to Shanghai. There were a couple of things I had to take into consideration and they (Cratloe) knew that.
"I wouldn't have been starting, number one. I can run alright but I wouldn't call myself a footballer!
"I can handpass but I wouldn't be the type of lad that will change a game when it comes to football -- never have been, never will. They all understood that.
"Podge (Collins) and the whole lot of them said that, if they were in my situation, they would have done the same thing.
"I asked them for their opinion before Shanghai. They were grand. I had it booked off work, and did everything.
"It was different for those boys; they weren't All Stars last year and they knew only two or three weeks before the trip.
"I had it booked off in September and I had somebody to sub for me.
"There's a heap of things that people don't realise."