Quite recently I quoted an old friend in Cork on the matter of retirement - “go when they want to know why; don’t wait till they start asking when”, The Corbett Story has given prompt illustration of the dilemma.
The emphasis has been strongly on the “why” because nobody at all envisaged the alternative. In the past week the issue has drawn massive publicity with much probing of the possible matters that could have influenced the decision. Plainly, withdrawal from intercounty while continuing with the club would see each and every display scrutinised vis-a-vis Tipp - the better the showing, the greater the come-back pressure of public expectation; the bigger the loss, especially if Tipp. should stumble early in the League.
An initial visit to Nowlan Park definitely looks a possible trip-up, even in the circumstances of further Cat’s panel reduction with John Dalton’s departure. They probably can afford it far better than we can the Corbett one. We can hardly expect a change of mind any time soon - maybe for the entire League - but frankly I don’t see the selection v Limerick on May 27th backing a restored Lar. Says he, hopefully.
See this week’s Tipperary Star for more from Culbaire