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Podge Collins faces two championship games with Clare in 27 hours this weekend

The Roscommon footballers and the Galway hurlers are next up for the Cratloe man.

Podge Collins has been busy in action for Clare sides in recent weeks.
Podge Collins has been busy in action for Clare sides in recent weeks.

PODGE COLLINS DOUBLE assault on the All-Ireland senior championships continues this weekend with a whirlwind 24-hour period in store for the Cratloe man.

Collins will be part of the Clare senior football squad that take on Roscommon at 3pm in Pearse Stadium on Saturday afternoon in Round 4A of the All-Ireland senior football qualifiers as they chase a quarter-final place for the first time.

Then on Sunday, Collins and his Clare hurling teammates will do battle against Galway in the All-Ireland senior hurling quarter-final in Semple Stadium at 4pm.

From the time of throw-in in Salthill to the final whistle in Thurles, it will be a 27-hour period of demanding inter-county action and pressures for Collins.

Podge Collins Clare GAA weekend

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A fortnight ago, Collins had a similarly busy weekend. He shot 0-3 as he played 70 minutes for the Clare hurlers in their Round 2 qualifier win over Limerick on Saturday 10 July and then came on as a sub in the 48th minute to help the Clare footballers to a narrow victory against Laois on Sunday 11 July.

Last Saturday, Collins was part of the Clare side that saw off Sligo but his involvement in Markievicz Park was cut short when he was shown a black card.

By Sunday evening, Collins could have played nine senior championship games this summer. The dual player lives on it seems and all this in a year where Collins has bounced back from tearing his cruciate.

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