Allianz Hurling League Final Round – The Permutations
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Ahead of the final round of group games in the 2014 Allianz Hurling League this weekend, we take a look at the various permutations across the six divisions.
Other than the meeting of Leitrim and Warwickshire, which takes place on Saturday at 4.30pm, all of this weekend’s games take place at 2pm on Sunday afternoon.
The top four teams qualify for the quarter-finals. Clare have six points from their four games to date and are already guaranteed a quarter-final place regardless of the outcome of their game against Galway. Even if they lose, a scoring difference of + 15 means Davy Fitzgerald’s side could still top the group on Sunday afternoon, depending on other results.
That leaves Galway, Kilkenny, Dublin, Waterford and Tipperary to fight it out for the three remaining quarter-final places. The bottom two teams contest a relegation play-off, with the loser relegated to Division IB.
Counties on Equal Points
How are teams separated?
1). 2 teams – previous meeting
2). Scoring Difference
3). Highest Total Score For
4). A Play-Off.
Following their win over Tipperary on Sunday, Galway (+7) are best placed of the chasing pack to join Clare in the quarter-finals. A draw in Cusack Park would be enough for the Tribesmen, but they can still make it even if they lose to the All-Ireland champions.
Tipperary, who are currently bottom of the table and have the worst scoring difference of the five (-13), can still make it to the quarter-finals, but will definitely be in the relegation play-off if they lose to Dublin in Thurles. Depending on other results, a victory may not be enough to save them from the bottom two.
A victory for Dublin (-7) would almost certainly put Anthony Daly’s side in the quarter-finals, but a defeat would also leave the Leinster champions in danger of facing a relegation play-off.
The winners of the game between Kilkenny and Waterford in Nowlan Park are guaranteed a quarter-final place, while the losers could be in relegation trouble. The Cats’ scoring difference of +5 could prove crucial, while Waterford, who are on -7, can’t rely on other teams to do them a favour.
Fixtures: Tipperary v Dublin, Thurles; Kilkenny v Waterford, Nowlan Park; Clare v Galway, Ennis.
Summary: Bottom two teams after five rounds play off. Loser plays in IIB the following year
The pairings for the quarter-finals are as follows:
- A. Top Team 1A v 4th Team 1B
- B. 2nd Team 1A v 3rd Team 1B
- C. 3rd Team 1A v 2nd Team 1B
- D. 4th Team 1A v Top Team 1B
Venues for the quarter-finals are decided as follows:
- Where a team who has had 2 home games in the Regular season draws a team who has had 3 home games in the Regular Season, HOME venue goes to team who has had only 2 home games in the Regular season
- Where two teams who have had 2 home games play each other, or where two teams who have had 3 home games play each other, toss for HOME venue