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.
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.
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."