Two of Clare hurling’s leading forwards returned to work following the loss to Cork in Sunday’s Munster hurling final and will have to pay up after a little side bet with their boss.

Aaron Cunningham and Aron Shanagher are gainfully employed during the summer holidays at Noel Marshall’s BackBaller company in Smithstown industrial estate.

A life-long Cork support, Noel has been living in Clare for the past 12 years and is the inventor of the BackBaller muscle relief foam rollers which are endorsed by top teams and internationally renowned athletes the world over.

While they are disappointed with Sunday’s result, both Aron Shanagher and Aaron Cunningham have now set their sights on the All Ireland qualifier game against Tipperary.

Come September though Shanagher returns to UL to continue his teaching studies while Cunningham, who has just qualified as a teacher, plans a trip down under for a spell when the current hurling season concludes.

Remarkably, every squad member of both the Clare and Cork senior hurling teams use Marshall’s BackBaller invention as an effective aid towards athletic recovery and injury prevention. Across in Wimbledon tennis star Roger Federer is one of many international athletes now hooked on the Backballer.

Hurling is in Noel Marshall’s blood and he still plays Junior B with the local Wolfe Tones club. With Clare legend Brian Lohan, he managed the club to U16 county success last year. Noel boasts that this was no real surprise as his late father Anthony and the great Ger Loughnane were cousins!