When it was revealed that Antrim would meet Galway in the All Ireland Hurling Championship, there was sharp criticism of a competition format that was perceived to be weighted in favour of the sport's big guns.
The Saffrons, of course, always knew that Galway, now under the often fiery baton of Ger Loughnane, would be extremely difficult opponents.
But now their arrival in Sunday's National League final against improving Tipperary has fuelled the belief that the Saffrons face mission impossible when the championship comes round.
Not only have Galway shown a rich vein of consistency in the league but they have rich selection options that will undoubtedly boost their championship prospects.
Even though ace marksman Ger Farragher and Ger Mahon have emerged as injury doubts for Sunday's showdown with a Tipperary team that overcame fancied Kilkenny last Sunday, Galway are still upbeat about winning the title.
Meanwhile, Jimmy Heverin has been named as the Phillips Manager of the Month for March after guiding Portumna to their second All-Ireland club success in three years on St. Patrick's Day. The sports shop owner has since stepped down from the role.