Dublin and Kerry ready to set tone for a charge towards the Super 8s
When the real big guns come out to play, they invariably hold the national spotlight. That's why today's Munster football final between great rivals Kerry and Cork and tomorrow's Leinster decider between Dublin and Laois will spark huge interest throughout the country.
Six years have elapsed since Cork last got the better of the Kingdom in high summer and for tonight's game manager Ronan McCarthy will place his faith in a fusion of youth and experience.
Much will depend on how his midfield pairing of Ian Maguire and Aidan Walsh will fare against the formidable Kerry pairing of Davis Moran and Jack Barry while up front the Rebels will look to players such as Colm O'Neill, Mark Collins and Luke Connolly to stockpile scores.
Kerry are not short on scoring talent with Paul Geaney and David Clifford likely to be to the fore in their bid to reach the Super 8s.
Dublin meanwhile are favourites to get the better of a hard-working although perhaps tactically naïve Laois side in the Leinster decider.
In the Nicky Rackard Cup final, the hurlers of Donegal will hope to execute the first leg of what could prove a weekend sporting double by beating Warwickshire at Croke Park today (4.00).
In the Leinster Minor Shield semi-final Antrim will take on Westmeath at Dowdallshill, Dundalk today (2.00).