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Lar Corbett’s Top Five Performances

One of the greats of hurling’s modern era called it a day yesterday, and will go down in history as the man who stopped Kilkenny’s ‘Drive for Five’. Lar Corbett won two All-Ireland titles with the Premier, and were it not for various hamstring problems throughout a 15 year career, he could have won more.

While many have been bringing up the infamous 2012 semi-final in the past few days, this was a decision by the management and ought not to take away from the Thurles Sarsfields man’s legacy. We got a bit nostalgic at Pundit Arena HQ today, so have decided to rank the five best performances we have seen by the prolific scorer.

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5. 2012 Munster Club Semi-Final Vs Sarsfields

Despite having one of the most decorated histories of any club in the country, Thurles Sarsfields had never won a Munster club title until 2012. It was was the fourth year that team had won a county championship, but had failed to push on in the province on the previous three attempts. 2012 was different.

Keen to prove people wrong following the aforementioned debacle against Kilkenny, Corbett put on a clinic against Sarsfields of Cork in the semi-final, and the Glanmire side had no response. His goal at the start of the match was one of the great televised club goals, and it inspired the ‘Sars’ to get past their Cork namesakes before capturing Munster glory against De La Salle in the decider.

4. 2009 All-Ireland Semi-Final Vs Limerick

Liam Sheedy’s side were beginning to make waves on the All-Ireland scene, eager to reach the All-Ireland Final for the first time in eight years. Limerick got past a coming force in Dublin in the quarter-final, but did not have the weapons to deal with Corbett and Co. in the semi-final. Tipp handed out a massacre, on a scoreline of 6-19 to 2-7. Lar scored 3-1, and Justin McCarthy’s side had no answer.

3. 2010 All-Ireland Hurling Final Vs Kilkenny

Undoubtedly Corbett’s most famous day in the blue and gold, he stopped Kilkenny from winning an unprecedented fifth successive All-Ireland title. He scored three goals, the first two coming at crucial times to see Tipp over the line and win their 26th title.

Sheedy had his homework done that day, pulling all other forwards out to leave Noel Hickey exposed under the high ball with Corbett. His second was a thing of beauty, linking up perfectly with Noel McGrath. The third to cap it all off was not as aesthetically pleasing, but no less skillful, as he had the speed of hand to get the sliotar into the back of the net.

2. 2009 All-Ireland Final Vs Kilkenny

Lar won all the plaudits in 2010, but was the forgotten man in 2009. Named at right corner forward, he played further out the field and was out of range to score goals. Green flags were exactly what Tipp were missing that day. However, his four points from play were up there with the very best seen on All-Ireland final day, and he expertly brought others into play.

It will go down as one of the best games ever played due to the skill level on show. It was said if that Kilkenny team were ever going to be beaten, they would have to be matched. The Premier went toe to toe with the Cats, and Corbett was in imperious form. It was arguably a better personal performance than the following year.

1. 2011 Munster Final Vs Waterford

Two years previously in the Munster decider, Corbett scored 2-2 to overcome Waterford. In 2011, he doubled that tally. It was a massacre in Páric Uí Chaoimh for the Déise, and many point to them being outclassed all over the field. The truth is that if Lar Corbett had been held scoreless, this would have been an entirely different game of hurling.

Goal after goal flew past Clinton Hennessy, as Corbett capped a memorable day for Tipp. 4-4 for Lar, and Tipp were Munster Champions once again.

He failed to hit those heights later that summer, as Peter Kelly and Jackie Tyrell kept him quiet in the semi-final and final respectively.

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Author: The PA Team

This article was written by a member of The PA Team.