Saturday 18 November 2017

Vine: Watch Brendan Maher stun Aussie cricketers with talk of GAA beer bans

Brendan Maher got to experience life as a professional cricketer
Brendan Maher got to experience life as a professional cricketer
Independent.ie Newsdesk

Independent.ie Newsdesk

Tipperary hurler Brendan Maher left professional cricketers in Australia dumbfounded as he explained the alcohol policies that exist within GAA teams.

Maher swapped his hurl for a cricket bat as he made his way down under to experience what life is like for a professional athlete with the Adelaide strikers.

At a barbeque hosted by a number of players, Maher showed his new team mate footage of a hurling game between Tipp and Kilkenny and discussed the sacrifices hurlers have to make for their sport.

The 2009 All-Ireland winner, who was taking part in the AIB documentary series The Toughest Trade which sees GAA stars swap codes with professional athletes, explained that they trained six nights a week, and only at nights to accommodate work commitments.

Maher seemed keen to discuss what were the attitudes in cricket to players drinking alcohol during the season and shocked the cricketers when he admitted: "If I was caught drinking two weeks before a match... I'd be crucified."

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