Fitzmaurice is feeling romantic

July 13, 2018

Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice.
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The Super 8's seem to be bringing out a different side to Kerry manager Eamonn Fitzmaurice.

On Sunday, the Kingdom begin their All-Ireland Super 8's campaign with a clash against Galway at Croke Park.

This will be the first of three games facing the eight sides remaining in this year's championship and Fitzmaurice told the Kerryman that he is excited by the format and the romanticism it will bring to the GAA.

"I think the games will be very even and the fact there is three different venues for the games will make it all the more exciting and a bit romantic," stated Fitzmaurice.

"I think the championship needed freshening up and for us July was always a difficult month after winning a Munster championship when we had no games and didn't know who we would be playing."

He added: "I think in a situation where you are fighting to make the semi-finals in your last game then home advantage is a massive thing to have. It's really up to you to make that home game relevant and for us it will be the latest we have played at home since the qualifier with Tyrone back in July 2012.

"I agree that the format isn't perfect especially when there is a loophole about Croke Park being both a neutral and home venue, but I think when Padraic Duffy spoke about it two years ago he did say that these would be some of the tweaks that would be eventually needed to be addressed."

You can follow all of this weekend's action from the All-Ireland SFC Super 8s and All-Ireland SHC quarter-finals on the live match tracker.

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