We have all heard about the all-conquering Limerick hurlers over the past 5 years, but now it’s their footballers whose fortunes are taking a turn for the better. Thanks to a strong foundation in their defence, spearheaded by Iain Corbett. The Newcastle West man gained plaudits from the Sunday Game panel who named him in their ‘Team of the League’ as the National League drew to a close. However, Corbett doesn’t want that to be the end of their impressive start to the 2022 campaign. This week we went ClubSpotting with Limerick's Iain Corbett.
What are your first memories of your club Newcastle West?
Playing with the U8's every Saturday we use to train out in the back pitch, an hour of hurling then an hour of football and we’d of stayed longer if we were left at it!
Who were your sporting idols growing up?
I was a massive man United fan so idolised Roy Keane. In GAA terms it was probably Ciaran McDonald. Stephen Kelly too, as he was local and Limerick football was very competitive in the early noughties.
What has been the proudest moment of your playing career?
Winning my first senior club in 2015, it was our first since 1992 & we would have been seen as massive underachievers given the size of the town, so it was great to finally win one.
Toughest opponent you have faced?
I remember marking Donie Shine in a league game, he was about twice the size of me & I don’t think I touched a ball that day! Ruari Deane has also given me a few tough days.
Best Player you have played with?
John Galvin, no explanation is needed there! Paudie Browne too, when we were going through a real difficult patch with Limerick he was consistently our best player.
Any pre-game rituals or superstitions?
The morning of a game, I like to walk the dog and I don’t tie my laces for the first few minutes of a warm up since I broke a bone in my foot. I think it allows the boots to stretch (it probably doesn’t).
What are your hopes and ambitions for 2022?
To reach the last 8 of the All-Ireland and to retain the senior championship with Newcastle West.
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