The GAA season swings into top gear this weekend with both the Tipperary senior footballers and hurlers in competitive action.
Tipp footballers get the ball rolling when they take on the might of Kerry in the McGrath Cup final at Sean Treacy Park, Tipperary on Saturday.
It might be a stage few Tipp fans expected of their team following relegation to Division Four of the league last season and the departure of manager John Evans.
However new boss Peter Creedon cannot have been but impressed with the performance of his team to date, first taking the prized scalp of Cork away in the McGrath Cup quarter final and then showing grit and determination to hammer out a semi-final win over Waterford after extra time last Sunday in Tipp town.
Kerry will pose a different challenge but it’s a significant boost to be still involved in the campaign at the final stage and may be a useful dress rehearsal for Creedon and his team before the counties meet in the championship later in the year.
Sunday sees Eamon O’Shea’s first competitive outing in charge of the hurlers when they start the defence of their Waterford Crystal Trophy at home to Limerick in Nenagh.
O’Shea has enjoyed mixed fortunes since he took over, starting with two wins, over UCC in a challenge in Emly and then over Offaly at Templemore, but he suffered his first reverse last Sunday when losing to Dublin in a fundraiser in Nenagh.
He also lost Seamus Callanan to injury that day and now faces his first real test against a Limerick side that would love to put down a marker for their intentions later in the year.
It promises to be an exciting weekend and with the games twenty four hours apart it allows supporters to assess the progress of both seniior teams so early in the season.