NEXT Saturday will be one of the most significant days in quite a while for St Brendan's District as their minor football team face Kenmare District for county championship honours.
Come Saturday, it will be the guts of two months since manager Maurice Wrenn's side played their semi-final, but ahead of the momentous game, it's a case of so far so good.
Speaking to The Kerryman, as he put the finishing touches to his preparations, the Churchill clubman seemed satisfied with progress.
"We're going well enough," Maurice remarked. "There have been a few distractions with other teams and we've been trying to play a few more challenge matches than training, but everything's going fine. We're very happy with our progress."
With the big day closing in, inevitably there a few niggles and strains in the camp, but none, Maurice Wrenn revealed, that will not be right by Saturday.
Looking to St Brendan's opponents, Maurice acknowledged that while his team managed to beat them in the first round, Kenmare District may not have been quite up to par on that occasion.
"They're very good. They're a very mobile team. I think the day we played them we caught them on the hop in the second half. The conditions were bad and we adapted a lot faster than they did. So there's no doubt in my mind that they didn't play to their full potential. Hopefully we didn't play to our potential on that day either," he mused.
"If you leave them space and possession they are going to run at you and they will be hard to stop. We are very strong around the middle; sizewise we're big at half-back, midfield and the half-forward line, so we would be hoping to win a lot of possession. If they don't have the ball they can't score."
The manager has seen a definite improvement in his own team's form. Self-belief began to instil itself as the rounds progressed.
"Defensively we have become a little bit more aggressive; fellows are trying that little bit harder. In the forward line, initially, Cillian Fitzgerald was very influential for us, a lot of our scores were coming from him. We're mixing it up a bit better now and there's other fellows playing just as well. There's a bit more self-belief there and they're trying a lot harder," he said.
And as for the result? Maurice Wrenn is, naturally, confident of a positive outcome. For St Brendan's District that eventuality would be huge.
"There's no point going into it if we don't think we can't win it. This would be huge and it's a point I will be trying to get across to the players - that this is a very significant game for the district," he said.