Cratloe and Clare star Podge Collins at Croke Park for the launch of the AIB Club Championships. “No, it wasn’t an easy decision at all” Photo: Donall Farmer/Inpho

If someone put a gun to his head and gave him five seconds to decide between hurling and football, then Podge Collins would probably take the bullet. (...)

Clare’s Tony Kelly: he may well hit form for the climax of the championship today. Photograph: INPHO/James Crombie

On top of the riches enjoyed by Clare hurling at under-age and their apparently inexorable march towards a third successive All-Ireland at the grade(...)

 Antrim’s Darragh McGuinness breaks the hurl of Clare’s Gearoid O’Connell at Semple Stadium. Photograph: Cathal Noonan / Inpho

Antrim 1-10 Clare 4-28 Clare demolished Antrim by 27 points in Saturday’s Bord Gáis Energy All-Ireland U21 hurling semi-final but joint-manager(...)

Clare’s Shane O’Donnell scores his side’s first goal despite the challenge from Cork’s Stephen Murphy at Cusack Park, Ennis, last night. Photograph: Sportsfile

Clare 1-28 Cork 1-13 Clare made it three Munster titles in a row when they comprehensively defeated Cork in front of 12, 995 spectators at Cusack Par(...)

Kildare’s Tommy Moolick and Hugh McGrillen in action against Down in Round 2B of the All-Ireland qualifiers. Photograph: Inpho.

All-Ireland SFC Qualifiers Round3B Clare v Kildare Cusack park, Ennis Saturday, 7pm Good to see the much put-upon qualifiers still throwing up new a(...)

Tipperary’s Dan McCormack and Clare’s David Reidy during their Munster hurling under-21 semi-final at Cusack Park, Ennis, Co Clare. Photograph: Inpho

Clare 5-19Tipperary 1-25After-extra-time Four days on from the shock championship exit by their seniors, the Clare under-21 hurlers came out the right(...)

SATURDAY Round 3A Sligo v Limerick Markievicz Park, 4pm Hard to see a kick inside either team but the qualifiers can mould a panel into contenders. It(...)

 Brendan Bugler wins a high ball while under pressure from Garrett Sinnott and PJ Nolan of Wexford at Cusack Park last week. Photo: Cathal Noonan/Inpho

However this ends, Wexford can’t go back now. For so long, the distance between where they are and where they want to be seemed so thoroughly unbridge(...)

 Clare’s Colm Galvin battles with Cork’s  Daniel Kearney during the Munster semi-final. Photo: James Crombie/Inpho

Jack Guiney spoke this week about Wexford’s sheer delight at drawing Clare for this one, even if that also meant having to travel to Ennis. If there i(...)

Mark Ellis held the centre of defence for Cork in their Munster semi-final defeat of Clare at  Semple Stadium. Photograph Inpho.

So after last weekend’s hurling games we have now seen all the contenders, pretenders and also rans in action since the championship began a number of(...)