No dual temptation for Gary Brennan

Clare footballer Gary Brennan insists he has no intention of turning his hand to inter-county hurling after starring as Ballyea claimed a first county senior crown.

Brennan starred at full-forward, hitting 1-2 in the first 11 minutes as Ballyea overcame Clonlara. Brennan plays his club football with neighbours Clondegad, but after his All-Star nomination this year, he says he will stick to the big ball at county level.

“I don’t even need to answer that, no, no,” said Brennan. “I’ve always played hurling, Ballyea is my home club. I go next door to play football and that’s how I’m known as a Clondegad man.

“I’m very proud to represent Ballyea. I met Eddie Liddy there, he was our primary school teacher in Ballyea. It was him who started us all off on the hurling road. It was very special to meet him there on a day like today after achieving what we have.

“It’s hard to put it into words. It’s obviously something we’ve never experienced before and it’s a little bit surreal at the moment. But no doubt we’ll milk it tonight. We’ve come from junior and now we’re senior champions in Clare; it’s a fantastic feeling.”

Facing a side with five All-Ireland winners in their starting lineup, Ballyea were always the underdogs in this final — even after they finished all square at the first attempt. Brennan was moved from the half-forward line to the edge of the square for the reply and says he enjoyed the second chance.

“Personally it went a bit better than the last day anyway. That said, if I hadn’t got the goal, I was after missing a howler before that. Listen, I was just glad to get my hands on a bit of a ball and it worked out for me a little bit better than the last day anyway.

Ballyea face Thurles Sarsfields in the Munster semi-final. “We haven’t thought one thing about the semi-final. I’m looking forward to that but we have a few things to look after in the meantime.”


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