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Collins Names Clare Team For League Opener

Colm Collins
Colm Collins has named his starting fifteen for Sunday’s league opener with Wexford in Division 3 of the National Football League.

In an unexpected move, Kilmurry/Ibrickane’s Shane Hickey has been named at centre forward. Hickey featured as a corner back for the Banner throughout 2014 while he filled a number of defensive roles for Kilmurry/Ibrickane in last year’s club championship.

National League medallist with Dublin, Pat Burke will make his Clare debut at the weekend as he is named at corner forward. Clondegad’s Shane Brennan will wear number fourteen while Doonbeg’s David Tubridy completes the inside line.

Lissycasey’s Joe Hayes has be named to start between the posts. As presumed Kevin Hartnett is down to mark Ciaran Lyng with both Dean Ryan and Martin McMahon named as his corner backs.

There is no change in the half-back line from Clare’s last match in the 2014 championship where they fell down to Kildare by the minimum. Captain Gary Brennan and Cathal O’Connor will partner each other in the middle of the park.

Podge Collins has been ruled out of the tie with a hamstring problem he picked up in last week’s drawn challenge game with Kerry. His clubmate Cathal McInerney will not start because of a hamstring injury also but he is named on the bench.

Two of Clare’s most consistent performers in 2014, Sean Collins and Shane McGrath will start as wing-forwards with Shane Hickey set to make his first start as a centre forward for the Banner.

Clare Team:
1: Joe Hayes (Lissycasey).
2: Dean Ryan (Éire Óg).
3: Kevin Hartnett (Meelick).
4: Martin McMahon (Kilmurry/Ibrickane).
5: Jamie Malone (Corofin).
6: Gordon Kelly (St Josephs Miltown Malbay).
7: Ciaran Russell (Éire Óg).
8: Gary Brennan (Clondegad).
9: Cathal O’Connor (Coolmeen).
10: Sean Collins (Cratloe).
11: Shane Hickey (Kilmurry/Ibrickane).
12: Shane McGrath (Thomas Davis).
13: David Tubridy (Doonbeg).
14: Shane Brennan (Clondegad).
15: Pat Burke (Kilmacud Crokes).

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About Páraic McMahon

A native of Newmarket-on-Fergus, Páraic McMahon is the Chief Sportswriter with The Clare Herald.

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