Laurence Corbett (born 16 March 1981) is an Irish retired hurler who played for Tipperary Championship club Thurles Sarsfields. He played for the Tipperary senior hurling team for 15 years, during which time he usually lined out as a left corner-forward. Noted for his deadly accuracy in front of goal, Corbett is regarded as one of Tipperary’s all-time greatest forwards.
Corbett began his hurling career at club level with Thurles Sarsfields. He broke onto the club’s top adult team as a minor and enjoyed his first senior success in 2005 when Thurles Sarsfields won the Tipperary Senior Championship. Corbett won a further seven championship titles as well a Munster Club Championship in 2012.
At inter-county level, Corbett joined the Tipperary senior team in 2000, having earlier lined out with the Tipperary under-21 team. From his debut, he was ever-present as an inside forward and made a combined total of 119 National League and Championship appearances in a career that ended with his last game in 2015. During that time Corbett was part of two All-Ireland Championship-winning teams – in 2001 and 2010. He also secured six Munster Championship medals and two National Hurling League medals. Corbett announced his retirement from inter-county hurling on 18 November 2015.
Corbett won the first of three successive All-Stars in 2009 and made a clean sweep of the individual Hurler of the Year awards in 2010. He was Tipperary’s record championship goal-scorer, having scored 29 goals in 61 appearances, but has been surpassed by Seamus Callanan in recent years. At inter-provincial level, Corbett was selected to play in three championship campaigns with Munster and won Railway Cup medals in 2007 and 2013.
Corbett joined the Thurles Sarsfields club at a young age and played in all grades at juvenile and underage levels. He enjoyed championship successes in the minor and under-21 grades before joining the club’s senior team.
On 15 October 2000, Corbett was selected at right wing-forward when he lined out in his first Tipperary Senior Championship final. He scored a point from play but ended the game on the losing side after a 2–10 to 0–11 defeat by Toomevara.
Corbett lined out in a second successive final on 11 November 2001. He was held scoreless throughout the entire game and ended the game as a runner-up for the second year in-a-row after the 1–22 to 1–13 defeat by Toomevara.
For the third year in succession Thurles Sarsfields qualified for the final on 3 November 2002. Corbett scored three points from left corner-forward in the 0-14 apiece draw with Mullinahone. He was switched to centre-forward for the replay on 10 November 2002 but was held scoreless in the 2–10 to 1–11 defeat.
On 12 October 2003, Corbett played in a fifth final in four seasons when Thurles Sarsfields faced Toomevara for the third time. He top scored for Sarsfields with 2-01 from left corner-forward in the 3–19 to 3–16 defeat.
After a one-year hiatus, Corbett lined out in a sixth final on 16 October 2005 with Thurles Sarsfields facing Drom-Inch. He was held scoreless from left corner-forward but collected his first winners’ medal after the 1–17 to 0–15 victory.
On 19 October 2008, Thurles Sarsfields faced Toomevara in the final once again. Corbett lined out at centre-forward and scored a point from play, however, he ended the game on the losing side after a 2–14 to 0–17 defeat.
Corbett played in a second successive final on 18 October 2009 when he lined out at full-forward against Drom-Inch. He was held scoreless throughout the game but collected a second winners’ medal following the 0–14 to 0–05 victory.
On 31 October 2010, Corbett lined out in a third successive final. Playing once again at full-forward, he ended the game with a second successive winners’ medal – his third overall – after the 1–16 to 1–07 defeat of Clonoulty-Rossmore. On 28 November 2010, Corbett lined out against De La Salle in the Munster final and scored a point in the 0–09 to 0–08 defeat.
On 14 October 2012, Corbett won a fourth championship medal after a 1–21 to 2–15 defeat of Drom-Inch in the final. On 25 November 2012, he won a Munster Club Championship medal after scoring three points in a 1–21 to 1–16 defeat of De La Salle in the Munster final.
Corbett lined out in his 11th final with Thurles Sarsfields on 2 November 2014. Playing centre-forward, he scored two points from play and collected a fifth winners’ medal after a 2–22 to 3–11 victory over defending championsLoughmore-Castleiney.
On 25 October 2015, Corbett was selected at full-forward in a second consecutive final appearance with Nenagh Éire Óg providing the opposition. He ended the game with his sixth winners’ medal after the 1–18 to 3–11 victory.
Corbett was selected at left corner-forward when Thurles Sarsfields faced Kiladangan in the final on 16 October 2016. He scored a point from play and claimed a seventh winners’ medal overall after the 0–17 to 1–15 victory.
On 8 October 2017, Corbett lined out in his 14th final as the club reached a fourth successive decider. He claimed an eighth and final winners’ medal after scoring two points from left corner-forward in the 1–24 to 0–11 defeat of Borris-Ileigh.