So the round robin games in the league have been completed now in Division 1a and 1b and after another absorbing weekend of action we have our quarter finalists. Limerick are already through to the semi-final following their thumping of Laois on Saturday night in their quarter final game.
The fixtures, dates and times will be confirmed on Monday when the GAA top chiefs meet. Wexford will meet Galway in Pearse Stadium we would imagine, Clare and Waterford will be decided by a coin toss, while Tipperary will welcome Dublin to Thurles we would also imagine. Again times will have to be confirmed.
Allianz Hurling League Quarter Finals below.
Quarter Finals – 16-18.03.2019 (Sat/Sun/Mon)
(B) Loch Garman v Gaillimh (Galway Venue)
(C) An Clár v Port Láirge (Toss for Venue)
(D) Tiobraid Árann v Áth Cliath (Tipperary Venue)
In terms of the relegation play-off venue, between Kilkenny and Cork this will be decided on the following basis.
Quarter finals and Relegation Play-Off in Roinn 1 to be on a Home and Away basis, with home venue 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
Therefore Kilkenny have home advantage considering they only had two home games in the league.
The league semi-finals have also been announced with Limerick playing either Tipperary or Dublin, while Wexford or Galway will meet either Clare/Waterford
Looking at the remaining divisions. Offaly have now been relegated to Division 2 with Westmeath been promoted having beaten Kerry. Westmeath will play in Division 1 next season, London are relegated. Wicklow are promoted from Division 2b, Donegal are relegated, in Division 3a Roscommon are promoted following a 0-14 to 0-11 win over Armagh, Lancashire are relegated. Division 3b then will see Sligo or Longford promoted based on the below :
Where Counties finish with Equal Points – extract from (Riail 6.21 T.O. 2017):
“………..the tie shall be decided by the following means and in the order specified:
(i) Where two Teams only are involved – the outcome of the meeting of the two Teams in the previous game in the Competition;
(ii) Scoring Difference (subtracting the total Scores Against from total Scores For);
(iii) Highest Total Score For;
(iv) A Play-Off.
In relation to means (ii) and (iii) above, if the accumulated scores of a team, so involved, are affected by a disqualification, loss of game on a proven objection, retirement or walk over, the tie shall be decided by a Play-Off.”