Brendan Maher

Brendan was born on January 5th, 1989. Brendan plays for the Borris-Ileigh club. Brendan 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 National Hurling League debut against Cork in February 2009, lining out at wing-back. Brendan made his Championship debut 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. Brendan 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 with Brendan 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 4 Munster Senior Hurling medals (2009, 2011, 2012 and 2015). 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. Brendan 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. Brendan was shortlisted for the 2010 Bord Gáis Energy Breaking Through Player of the Year award. Brendan received his second All-Star award in 2014 at half-back. Brendan was nominated for an All-Star award as a forward for the 2015 season. Brendan lined out with the Munster hurlers in the Inter-Provincial Championship in 2012 and 2013, winning a medal as captain from midfield in 2013. Brendan was Vice-Captain of the Tipperary Senior Hurling team in 2013 and Captain in 2014 and 2015, leading the team to the 2014 All-Ireland Final before losing in a replay and winning the 2015 Munster Final.

Brendan helped his club to win the Kilmacud Hurling 7s title in 2015.

Championship debut – 2009 vs. Cork
Number of Appearances – 31
Scored – 0-12

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