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Champion’s captain shares elation

Elated was how Cratloe captain Barry Duggan felt shortly after accepting the Canon Hamilton Trophy from Clare GAA chairman Michael O’Neill.
Barry Duggan, Cratloe captain, raises the trophy. Photograph by Declan MonaghanDid he worry at any stage that he might not have the trophy going home to Cratloe on Sunday evening?
“You would be worried when you are on top, you are dominating the game but you are hitting wides. But they are a great bunch of lads who have huge belief in themselves.
“We knew we would keep creating the chances and as long as you are creating chances, you have a chance of scoring,” came the reply.
“Clonlara came back in the second half and while they dominated, they missed a few as well. It was tit-for-tat a bit but I am absolutely delighted with the end result,” said the popular team captain.
The full-back said that, “for the first five or ten minutes we were a small bit nervous
and it showed. Clonlara got a few soft frees and we were nervous but we stuck to our task.”
Referring to the club’s great run of victories in football and hurling, Duggan said that winning is a habit. “If you win one it boosts you for the next and that’s what has happened in Cratloe.”
“We are looking forward to taking part in the Munster club championship,” he said, “But first we will take it easy for a few days and then get back into action.”

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