The Allianz Leagues begin this weekend, and county teams nationwide and across the water, will be gearing up for what’s set to be a competitive league campaign.
Former League winners Tipperary will be taking part in their first match this Sunday afternoon in Cusack Park. We caught up with Tipperary Senior Hurling captain and All-Star winner Padraic Maher, to learn about what he does in the lead up to a match. He also filled us in on his own personal rituals and what gets his adrenaline pumping on game day.
Is there anything in particular that you do every time you have a match?
“I just like to keep a routine. I make sure I’m getting the food in beforehand and a good stretch out. I like to listen to music and relax while having a coffee too.
What does a match day look like for you?
What gets you psyched up on match day?
“For me, it’s just the reward of winning a game and knowing all the hard work we put in will be coming to fruition.”
Do you have a team ritual that you do before stepping onto the pitch before a big match?
“No we don’t really have a team ritual. I just usually like to relax in the dressing room beforehand.”
Would you be superstitious if you didn’t do these rituals?
“No, I wouldn’t consider myself to be superstitious. Just once I keep to my routine I’m happy and confident.”
Any other weird quirks that you have/do in the lead up to a match?
“No, I’m pretty straight forward. I like to do the same things in the days leading up to the game, getting a massage in, ice baths, stretching and mobility, and fueling as best I can. I drink the odd coffee too!”