Kilcormac's Healion hits out at Corbett New York trip
KILCORMAC-KILLOUGHEY'S Ger Healion has fired a broadside at Lar Corbett's decision to travel to the USA in the build-up to his side's shock win over Thurles Sarsfields in the All-Ireland club SHC semi-final.
The Offaly hurler believes Corbett's decision to travel reflected Sarsfields' relaxed attitude towards their clash with the Offaly and Leinster champions.
Corbett, the 2010 Hurler of the Year, was part of the GPA contingent that travelled to New York to aid victims of Hurricane Sandy in the largely Irish community of Breezy Point.
"It was (a surprise). I was, like, 'what sort of preparation was that for any sort of game?' I said to myself, 'I don't know how a manager could let him go, never mind for him to let himself go'. It is not the way to be preparing for a game.
"Any flight is going to affect a person for four to five days – your sleep patterns, everything. It was a bit of a shock.
"Again, it was their confidence. They thought that they didn't have to perform that well for us and maybe it showed in the way they played on the day."
Healion travelled to Dubai before his side's Leinster championship opener last year and admitted the trip contributed to a poor personal performance.
"I had a holiday booked before the first round of the Leinster championship and I went and, to be honest, I could even feel it on myself. The players all around would be the first to say something to you. We are a very close bunch and in that situation it should have been up to the players as well to say, 'what are you doing?' I know it's charity and everything, but it's your first All-Ireland semi-final, which would weigh up more important.
"(Lar's trip) was never mentioned in the dressing-room but it was well publicised. I think he brought an awful lot of publicity on himself that he would have been better off without."