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There is a real sense of anticipation in football circles around Galway this week ahead of the two county senior semi-finals in Tuam Stadium on Sunday afternoon.
Mountbellew-Moylough are back into the county semi-finals after a narrow 1-13 to 1-12 victory over Maigh Cuilinn at Pearse Stadium after extra-time on Saturday.
The four county senior football quarter-finals are down for decision this weekend in two double headers at both Pearse Stadium (Saturday) and Tuam Stadium (Sunday).
With three rounds of the newly-formed group stages of the Galway Senior Football Championship completed, there is still much to play for.
Travelling up the motorway on Saturday afternoon to Croke Park for the All-Ireland semi-final, we listened to Padraic Joyce (Galway), Dick Clerkin (Monaghan) and Liam Kearns (Tipperary manager) on Off the Ball on Newstalk to pass an hour of the journey, and all three pointed out that Galway would have to produce an exceptional performance to keep the Dubs at bay.
The Galway senior footballers under Kevin Walsh have thus far enjoyed a productive season.
Following their impressive 0-19 to 0-16 win over Kildare in Newbridge in the quarter-final round robin games, the Galway senior footballers will face Dublin, Tyrone or Donegal in the All-Ireland semi-final on the weekend of August 11/12.
The Galway footballers will be hoping to follow up their impressive victory over Kerry in Croke Park on Sunday with another two points face Kildare in Newbridge this Sunday at 2pm.
So after much talk, speculation, and weeks of anticipation the Super Eights are finally here and ready to rock. And the tie of the weekend pits Kevin Walsh's Galway squad against Eamon Fitzmaurice's Kerry outfit this Sunday (4pm) in Croke Park.
The Galway footballers won their second Connacht senior title in three years when they saw off a stout Roscommon challenge at Hyde Park on Sunday.