Fired-up Tribesmen will come out all guns blazing
Galway hurling boss Anthony Cunningham and Tyrone football supremo Mickey Harte have endured the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune in the past 12 months.
This time last year both had been banished into exterior darkness, Cunningham following a chastening All-Ireland qualifier defeat to Tipperary and Harte in the aftermath of a surprise ambush by Armagh also in a qualifier tie that did not go according to a pre-ordained script.
Yet within the space of just one week both can maximise a golden opportunity to not only enhance their personal status in the imposing sporting cathedral that is Croke Park but take their teams into All-Ireland finals in their respective codes.
Cunningham is first up at Headquarters tomorrow with Harte following in his footsteps next Sunday and for the Galway boss the renewal of his team's rivalry with Tipperary in an All-Ireland semi-final that is make-or-break in more ways than one will represent the biggest test of his tactical and motivational powers to date.
Galway will be coming out with all guns blazing to avenge that qualifier defeat last year while Tipperary for their part will be keen to heap even more ignominy on Cunningham on his men.
That Galway have the armoury to do so is undoubted.
However, Tipp boss Eamon O'Shea's meticulous strategic blueprint will be brought to the table by a team who adhere slavishly to his philosophy and therein lies their greatest strength.
Tipperary's unity of purpose, their ability to adapt their style to suit the course that the game might take and the accuracy of their attack form a cocktail for what looks like being another All-Ireland final appearance.