I guess really we should be grateful to Lar "Larry" Corbett. As a neutral. I'm most personally grateful for the major role he played in slaying Kilkenny's 5-in-a-row. He scored 7-9 last season, including 4-4 against Waterford (I can't believe he had 9 point). As a hurler, he was reminded of a very frail bird with a beak that could poke your eye out. I assume it'll kill him that he's going out on one of this most anonymous performances. He was shut out of it during the All-Ireland final, living off scraps.
The timing makes it hard to stomach though. GAA players don't retire in February. There's a way of doing it. Mid-October, into November, quiet nights when the winter is stretching out in front of you. That's when you make the call and handle the formalities. You do your midweek interview with Off The Ball and whatever that Radio 1 sports show is called. They might even put you on the back of the Independent. But February? When most of the cobwebs have been brought down? It's not the done thing. Hopefully this won't be the last of Lar.