There was plenty to celebrate for the Collins family after Cratloe retained the Clare SFC title on Sunday, as not only did the 2-12 to 0-11 win over Éire Óg seal a famous county hurling-football double but Cratloe manager Colm Collins also had three of his sons playing for the team at Cusack Park.
Podge, Sean and David Collins all played a role in ensuring the Cratloe became the first Clare club to complete the double since 1914, with Clare All Ireland-hurling-winner Podge lifting the man of the match accolade after scoring 1-04 in front of the 7,100 crowd in Ennis.
Podge, and Sean, were also in the Cratloe hurling side that lifted the county title after beating Crusheen last week.
Speaking to RTÉ Sport after yesterday's match, Podge said: “I love playing with the club and I’m absolutely delighted now with this.
"It’s unbelievable for a small little parish like Cratloe that hadn’t won a senior county final until 2009 and now we’ve got two of each.
“So it’s just phenomenal and we’re absolutely delighted.”
Podge, who scored a goal in the first half and also set up another for Conor McGrath, believed the two three-pointers proved crucial as Éire Óg fought back in the second period.
“Some days they go for you and some days they don’t. I got a quick free and it went for me, when some days you’d be pulled back but fortunately he [the referee] let it go and Conor McGrath is a finisher and stuck it in the back of the net,” said Podge.
“We got those goals in the first half against the breeze and it probably stood to us throughout the game.
“We knew we had a bit of a breeze and we knew if we got the ball down the other end of the field and try and hold it there we would stay on top and thankfully that’s what happened.”
As for being the first Clare club to the double in 100 years, Podge was clearly overjoyed. “It’s unbelievable. Best feeling in the world.
“We’re delighted with the victory and we’ll really enjoy tonight now.”