UNLIKE the Spa camp, Finuge are reporting no injuries ahead of Sunday's Intermediate showdown and team manager John Colbert says that the club are anxious to finally do the business in the decider.
"There's no point in getting to these finals if you don't go on and win them and the lads are really anxious to get it done at this stage. Spa have got the better of us on the last few occasions and they have been a ' bogey team' for us but this is a neutral venue and there is no clear advantage for either side going in," he told The Kerryman.
The Finuge boss feels it's a massive opportunity for the players to showcase their talents with the game being the curtain-raiser to the county senior final but hopes that the North Kerry title success for his side last year can be a major catalyst come Sunday.
"We did have a long tradition of losing finals up until North Kerry last year. That was a tight game against Beale who probably were a bit unfortunate to lose on the day but it's games like that you hope will stand to you come Sunday," Colbert said.
Like Spa, Finuge are not entertaining any thoughts about where the road might take them from there after. However, considering the North Kerry side was one of the only teams not to win their All-Ireland Junior title in Croke Park back in 2005, the desire to get to GAA headquarters is probably as strong as it is for any side yet to make the voyage. In terms of where the final will be won and lost, Colbert says his team has a simple objective.
"Not to concede goals, we've conceded too many of them in finals in the past and its come back to haunt us at the final whistle. Spa have a very good forward line and they will punish us if we are complacent in any way," he said.
Colbert also knows his own side have to increase their own total at the other end but feels there has been adequate time for the Hurling contingent to get over Lixnaw's loss in the county hurling final.
"It's good that we've had three uninterrupted weeks with everyone heading into this, the disappointment of the hurling is out of the system and we have been focussing properly on the huge challenge that lies ahead."