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Brendan Maher: Tipperary driven to make amends in League semi-final

Updated: Wednesday, 17 Apr 2013 22:33 | Comments

Tipperary meet Dublin in the semi-finals
Tipperary meet Dublin in the semi-finals

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The determination to prove people wrong is the driving force behind Tipperary’s quest for honours this year according to midfielder Brendan Maher.

Maher and his colleagues are gearing up for an Allianz Hurling League semi-final against Dublin on Sunday next as they continue their efforts to regain the title they last won in 2008.

However, the manner of the defeat to Kilkenny in last year’s All-Ireland semi-final is something the Premier County are keen to banish from the memory bank.

The arrival of Eamon O’Shea as coach has heralded a fresh start that Maher hopes will produce rich dividends.

Speaking to RTÉ Sport, Maher said: "There is a lot of motivation there after a disappointing year in 2012, particularly the way it ended.

"The attitude is different, there’s no point in saying otherwise. We’re out to prove people wrong and to try and win some silverware.

"We’re training hard and working hard, we’re looking to get that out in a performance on game-day.

"Our performances to date have been good, but we need to improve, we’re still in the chasing pack. Galway and Kilkenny are still the top two and we’re looking to catch up with them."

Focusing on the Dublin challenge, the 24-year-old is treating it as the next hurdle that has to be jumped.

"Every game is a priority no matter what it is. The next game we have now is a league semi-final and we’ll give it 100% to try and win. The next game is our next step.

"No matter who you are playing it’s still a semi-final and you want to get to the final. They are the games you want to play in. Regardless of the opposition you want to win the game."

Semple Stadium is the venue for this weekend’s semi-final and Maher doesn’t necessarily see it as an advantage for Tipperary.

"If you ask any player where they’d like to play they would all agree they love Semple Stadium. I don’t see it as a home advantage really. It’s a big stadium, it’s a lovely pitch."

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