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Corbett's home fire burns hot

THE 2010 Hurler of the Year Lar Corbett says he is glad he resisted the urge to move abroad following his ranking as Tipperary's all-time leading championship goalscorer last weekend.

Last January, the Thurles Sarsfields star strongly considered emigration after witnessing his trade as an electrician decline badly amidst the recession.

"Every idea went through my head," he said. "You heard of people moving to Australia, America and London and they were getting on well. It had to be considered.

"I was dying to stay on and hurl but at the same time a lot of people moved away from here and the reports back would tempt you, so every option had to be considered," he added.

Instead, he stayed put, opened his own business, met Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth on her visit to Croke Park and scored his 21st senior championship goal in the first half of last weekend's tense encounter against Clare.

That score took him one clear of Nicky English at the head of the Premier County's goalscoring list and also left him with another Munster final to look forward to.

Eoin Kelly, meanwhile, hit his 19th championship goal in the same game to ensure that he is just one goal behind English and two behind Corbett.

"To be honest with you, that's the first I've heard of that record," Corbett told the Sunday Independent. "I suppose these things are nice to look back on when you hang up the boots but the main thing for me is that Tipp are winning championship matches. That's the most important thing for all of us.

"The other stuff like records and awards are grand to look back on in years to come but this is the here and now and nothing we did last Sunday will mean anything once we head towards the Munster final."

Off the field, Corbett recently opened his own bar close to Semple Stadium in Thurles and is also interested in getting involved in the proposed Tipperary Venue project, a multi-million Las Vegas-style resort planned for Two-Mile Borris which has recently received planning permission.

Corbett believes that a GAA-themed bar would go down a treat in the development.

"It would be great," he said. "Hayes' Hotel in Thurles, where the Association was founded, enjoys such a strong tradition in Thurles and I believe that a strong GAA pub would go down well at the Tipperary Venue. I'd love to get the chance to pull the first pint there."

Meanwhile, Tipp goalkeeper Brendan Cummins looks set to equal another long-standing record on Munster final day.

Cummins will match Christy Ring's all-time championship appearance record when the Premier County tackles Waterford at Páirc Uí Chaoimh. Ring made 65 championship appearances in a golden career while Cummins currently has 64 under his belt.

It's almost certain that the 2010 Young Hurler of the Year Brendan Maher will be back to full fitness for that provincial decider after missing the last few months with an ankle injury.

With the Tipp defence experiencing some problems, it's expected the midfielder will revert back to half-back, a role he is more than familiar with. Last year's under 21 star Seamus Hennessy is also expected to be fit for that final after months off the scene with a cartilage injury.

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