Tiperary hurling has been rocked by the news that star striker Lar Corbett has quit the inter-county scene at the age of 30.
Corbett told manager Declan Ryan in person of his decision on Monday, then texted his teammates to inform them that he won’t be joining the county squad for the 2010 season.
The 2010 Hurler of the Year has stated that business commitments at his new pub in Thurles don’t allow him to give the necessary time and commitment to the sport for the year ahead.
He texted his teammates, “Well lads, I’m sorry to say that I have withdrawn from the Tipp panel. I know this may come as a shock but, after careful consideration, I know that I cannot give the 100% commitment that is required.
“I did not want to give this news by text but I could not ring everyone. I hope my decision will not affect the friendships I have made over the years.
“This decision was one of the hardest yet. I do not have all of the panel members’ numbers so can you please pass on as I want you, the players, to be the first to know. I look forward to the second Sunday in September when I will be shouting on the players and the team I love. Larry.”
The Tipperary County Board, in a statement, have thanked Corbett for his contribution to the team and told him he is welcome back at any stage.
The statement said, “The Tipperary senior hurling management regrets that Lar Corbett has informed us of his withdrawal from the Tipperary senior hurling panel due to work and business commitments.
“Lar’s importance and value to the Tipperary senior hurling team is immeasurable and the door will remain open to him for a return to the panel if those work pressures ease.”
Corbett has won two All-Ireland medals and three all-star awards in a glittering career with the Premier County.
The hurling world has reacted with shock to the news. Clare boss Davy Fitzgerald said, “Lar has been a thorn in my side for many years, particularly since I’ve been a manager but I don’t think it’s his tine to retire yet -- he’s still in his prime.
“It would be a blow to Tipp if he retires and it’s a blow to hurling too because the game needs his flair. I’m sure he has his reasons for going, but I’d hope he’ll change his mind in a few months’ time.”
Former Clare boss Tony Considine said, “I’m in complete shock. This came straight out of the blue and I think he’s going to be a massive loss to Tipperary.
“I thought Lar definitely had another couple of years left in him at the top. But obviously he has other commitments that have to take priority.”
However Tipp legend Babs Keating told the Irish Sun, “This doesn’t surprise me at all, Lar Corbett has been up and down for the last ten years with his form.
“Maybe Tipp have left the door open but I can’t see him coming back to the Tipp jersey at this stage.”
DUBLIN boss Pat Gilroy has warned his team they must work on their discipline after Eamon Fennell was sent off in Saturday night’s 1-14 to 0-11 defeat to Kerry in the NFL opener at Croke Park.
Gilroy said, “It’s an area that we clearly have to be a lot better in. It’s just not on, whatever chance you have with 15 men, if you are down to 14 you are going to be in big trouble.
“It’s something that we have to work on. I didn’t see the incident but the referee was right beside it so I’m sure it must have been a sending off, I just didn’t see it.
“It’s a ridiculous thing for us to do, we can’t afford to be doing it.”
Gilroy is worried about the injury picked up by Michael Fitzsimons against Kerry, but Paul Brogan (knee) should be fine.
The Dubs boss said, “Michael had a problem with that shoulder before Christmas and it just started to flare up in the second half.
“Paul’s is probably okay, it was just a bang, but Michael’s could be a bit more serious.”
All-Ireland champions Dublin were brought back to earth with a bang by Kerry on Saturday night.
Gilroy said, “We realize now we have plenty of work to do, there is no question Kerry were the better team and we have got to make that ground up.”
Kerry hit 17 wides and boss Jack O’Connor admitted, “Obviously we need to sharpen up because we kicked a ridiculous amount of wides.
“You hate to keep losing to the same opposition, especially by the margins of the losses which were by a point each time. It’s always great for the confidence when you get a win up here.”