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Monday 18 December 2017

Banner man Fitzy talks down Blues 2011 summer

CLARE manager Davy Fitzgerald has risked the ire of his former comrade, Anthony Daly - by claiming the Dublin hurlers only "got going" last summer in their final championship outing against Tipperary.

Based on his latest newspaper column, Davy Fitz seems to have completely forgotten about Dublin's groundbreaking win over Galway last summer.

The former Banner 'keeper waxed lyrical about their "brilliant shape" while claiming a deserved league title last spring, but then adds: "They weren't as impressive for most of the championship and I thought they were lucky to beat Limerick in the quarter-final.

"They only really got going against Tipp, so one mark of progress this year would be to produce good performances on a more consistent basis."

While Fitzgerald reckons Dublin are a "great bet" this weekend to scalp Galway, he warns: "I would be fearful about them this year, and I would hope that people give the team and their manager the time and patience they deserve ... the Dubs under Anthony Daly have a bright future, so people shouldn't lose faith if this 2012 isn't as good as the season that went before."

FORMER Cork footballer Diarmuid Duggan has held a meeting with Rebel county board chairman Bob Ryan to discuss his medical bills that have left him €7,000 out of pocket.

Duggan accumulated medical bills of €10,000 in an effort to solve a hip injury that ended his inter-county football career.

He received a €3,000 payment from the GPA Benevolent Fund but has still been left with a €7,000 shortfall.

"I met with Bob on Wednesday night and was very satisfied with how the meeting went," said Duggan.

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