Tuesday 27 September 2016

End of era for Cork as Geary bows out

Published 06/05/2015 | 02:30

Cork senior camogie team manager Paudie Murray has admitted that Anna Geary’s retirement didn’t come as a major surprise to him (Sportsfile)
Cork senior camogie team manager Paudie Murray has admitted that Anna Geary’s retirement didn’t come as a major surprise to him (Sportsfile)

Cork senior camogie team manager Paudie Murray has admitted that Anna Geary's retirement didn't come as a major surprise to him.

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The Milford star released a statement last night, citing career commitments as the primary reason behind her decision.

Geary, 27, captained the Leesiders to All-Ireland glory last year and steps down from the inter-county scene with four All-Ireland senior medals, three National League titles and eight Munster crowns.

Geary is also a four-time All-Star and Murray admitted: "It's phenomenal what she has achieved.

"The only disappointing thing is that she's still so young."

Murray has lost some experience from the Cork dressing-room following last year's All-Ireland win.

Loss

Jenny O'Leary, Joanne O'Callaghan and Sara Hayes retired last year and dual star Angela Walsh has also taken time out.

Murray added: "I knew at the start of the year that there would be question marks about Anna, to be honest.

"Is she a loss? Of course she is but that's the reason why we went down the road we did in the National League, bringing in new players to see what we have."

Geary reflected: "It is never a good time to leave something you love, especially as it has been a focal part of my life for over a decade.

"But I am changing careers so I need to focus on that at the moment. It is a timing issue more than anything.

"I place high expectations on myself each season and right now I cannot give the same commitment that is needed to compete at the highest level.

"It was such a tough decision but I think it's the right one."

Irish Independent

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