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Brendan Maher – Tipperary Player Profile

Age 25              Height 5ft 11 in              Weight 12st 7ilbs


Brendan was born on January 5th, 1989 and plays for the Borris-Ileigh club. He made his Senior inter-county debut for Tipperary against Waterford in the 2009 Waterford Crystal Cup, lining out at left corner-back in a Tipperary victory. Brendan made his Allianz Hurling League debut against Cork in February 2009, lining out at wing-back and his Championship debut was as a substitute against Cork in the 2009 Munster Senior Hurling Championship. Brendan’s first Championship start came at left half-back in the 2009 All-Ireland semi-final vs. Limerick. He was an ever present at midfield in the 2010 All-Ireland Championship, helping Tipperary to capture the All-Ireland title at the expense of Kilkenny and scoring 2 points from play in the final.

Brendan played for the Tipperary Minor Hurlers for three years, winning 2 All-Ireland Minor medals in 2006 and in 2007 (as captain). Brendan has also a Munster Minor Hurling medal in 2007 and 3 Munster Senior Hurling medals (2009, 2011 and 2012). Brendan scored 0-12 from play in the 2007 All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship campaign following up from his contribution of 1-4 in the 2006 campaign. He was the second player from the Borris-Ileigh club to captain a Tipperary Minor team to All-Ireland success, following in the foot steps of Paddy Kenny in 1947. Brendan lined out with the Tipperary Under 21 Hurlers in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010, winning Munster medals in 2008 and 2010 and an All-Ireland medal in 2010, playing at centre-back in the final. Brendan was won an All-Star award at midfield in 2010 and also captured the 2010 Young Hurler of the Year award. He was shortlisted for the 2010 Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year award. Brendan captained Munster to the Inter-Provincial Championship in 2013. He was Vice-Captain of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team in 2013 before taking on the role of captain for 2014.

Championship debut – 2009 vs. Cork

Number of Appearances – 27

Scored – 0-10