Collins can’t wait for Limerick test

Davy Fitzgerald’s mother is from Limerick.

Clare’s physical trainer is former Limerick footballer Paul Kinnerk and captain Pat Donnellan lives in the city.

There’ll be plenty of blurred lines come August 18 and Podge Collins’ story is in keeping with it.

“I’m actually from Limerick,” he smiles. “I lived there for eight years and actually played with Na Piarsaigh.

“Playing in Croke Park against Limerick will be a brilliant atmosphere. I was eight when I moved out and was at that age group so I think I played around the time of (Kevin) Downes, (Shane) Dowling and them. They were a step ahead of me at that age and maybe they still are! But we’ll get to play them now. There’ll be a good buzz in Croke Park for it.”

After losing to Cork following their Munster quarter-final win over Waterford, Clare have gone on a rehabilitation run with wins over Laois, Wexford and Galway.

“Cork 100% deserved it on the day, we’d no complaints about it but we felt we could have played better and given them a better game,” said Collins.

“The Wexford game really helped. We stamped our dominance and went seven points up but then let it slip.

“That showed us you cannot lose your focus for two seconds. It would have looked like we lost our focus but Galway just got two goals and we came back to regain our composure. We finished strong then.

“I think our ratio (against Galway) was a lot of better in front of goal. I don’t know how many wides we hit (11) but I don’t think we hit a lot.”

Collins has been in dazzling form of late, excellent against Wexford and then scoring four points in Sunday’s win over last year’s defeated All-Ireland finalists. Things have been hectic for the Cratloe man this summer with U21 commitments, a provincial final with Tipperary to look forward to tomorrow week and then there’s duties closer to home.

“We’ve club football next weekend and the U21 side on the Wednesday. I don’t know if the fixtures committee are going to handle it but hopefully it will work itself out again.

“When we were minor, that team got to the All-Ireland final in 2010. There’s a great bond there with them, I love playing with that team. It’s enjoyable going back playing with them.”


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