Sunday 25 June 2017

Tipperary's crop hiding their age

The perception is that this is a very young Tipperary hurling team. However, their average age is actually higher than the last Tipperary starting team to win an All-Ireland title in 2001.

The average age of the current squad is 25 years and eight months. By comparison, the team in 2001 was 24 years and two months, with 10 players aged 24 or less.

Brendan Cummins was then the third-oldest at 26, trailing only Declan Ryan (35) and Eddie Enright (27). Brendan is now 35, the oldest player in the squad, more than 16 years older than the youngest player, 19-year-old Noel McGrath.

The comprehensive 'press pack' for the All-Ireland hurling final compiled by the Tipperary PRO Ger Ryan reveals some interesting statistics.

It shows that Padraic Maher is the only player to have played every minute of all 12 competitive (league and championship) this season, culminating in more than 840 minutes of action.

Paul Curran and Eoin Kelly have each played in 11 games. In addition, Maher has been ever-present during Tipperary's journey to the All-Ireland U-21 final. He's the U-21s captain, the first from his famed club Thurles Sarsfields to lift the Munster U-21 cup.

Irish Independent

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