* Inter County team apps and scores correct as of 00:33, 8 August 2012.
Michael "Brick" Walsh (born 23 April 1983) is an Irishhurler who plays as a centre-back for the Waterford senior team. He joined the team in 2003 and has been a regular member of the starting fifteen since then.
Walsh began his inter-county career as a Gaelic footballer with Waterford, however, after two seasons as a dual player he decided to concentrate on hurling. He has won three Munster winners' medals, one National League winners' medal and thee All-Star awards. He ended up as an All-Ireland runner-up on one occasion.
Michael Walsh was born in Stradbally, County Waterford in 1983. When playing for Stradbally's underage football and hurling teams, he was generally their best player on the pitch, usually scoring more than the rest of his team combined in each game. He once had a sore back, having carried the team on his own for so many consecutive games. He was educated locally and later attended the Waterford Institute of Technology where he studied Business and Finance. He completed his MA in 2006. While studying here Walsh's hurling skills came to the fore, particularly when he played a key role in the college winning Fitzgibbon Cup titles in 2003, 2004 and 2006.
Walsh plays his club hurling and football with his local Stradbally team. He has had much success with the club's football team, winning senior county championship medals in 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2009 and 2010. In 2006 Walsh's side were defeated by The Nire in their attempt to win a sixth county title in-a-row. He has twice won the county Waterford footballer of the year award.
Walsh first made his mark as a Gaelic footballer with the Waterford at minor and under-21. In 2003 he helped his native-county to defeat both Cork and Kerry to win the Munster Under-21 Football Championship. In 2003 Walsh made his debut with the Waterford senior hurling team, coming on as a substitute, replacing Tony Browne against Kerry in the Munster Senior Hurling Championship. He subsequently claimed a Munster title, however, his side were later defeated in the All-Ireland semi-final. The following few years have brought little success for Walsh and Waterford. In 2005 and 2006 Waterford reached the All-Ireland knock-out series via the qualifiers system, however, they were beaten on both occasions by Cork. In 2007 Walsh captained Waterford to their first National Hurling League title since 1963 and a third Munster Senior Hurling Championship in five years. Walsh was reappointed Waterford captain for 2008, the first time the same person has captained the team for two consecutive years. While playing poorly throughout the National Hurling League and being knocked out of the Munster Hurling Championship in the first round, Waterford would later progress to their first All-Ireland Senior Hurling Final since 1963. The day would however turn out to be bitter-sweet for Walsh, with Waterford losing resoundly to a Kilkenny team going for their first three in a row since 1917. In 2009 Walsh played Centre Back and is now recognsied as one of the best centre backs in the country. He earned an all star for his great play.