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Calculators at the ready…here’s the Allianz hurling league permutations

The last round of matches in the divisions takes place tonight.

Seamus Harnedy, Ronan Maher, John Conlon and Noel Connors will all be in action.
Seamus Harnedy, Ronan Maher, John Conlon and Noel Connors will all be in action.
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IT’S THE FINAL day of action in the group stages of the Allianz hurling league today and there’s plenty at stake.

Some teams will be chasing quarter-final spots, others have promotion issues on their mind and more have relegation fears to consider.

If two teams finished level on points, head-to-head will determine who finishes ahead. Scoring difference will come in to play if three or more teams finish level.

Division 1A

Tipperary are the only side assured of a quarter-final place and they will also finish top. The winners of the Clare-Waterford clash in Ennis will join them as both are on four points, while Cork can also secure a quarter-final berth with victory over Tipperary.

Kilkenny and Dublin are currently the two sides occupying the relegation playoff spots but both can still retain aspirations of a last eight game if they win in Parnell Park today.

Clare, Cork and Waterford could all yet get dragged into the relegation situation with the bottom two teams set to face a play-off to determine who’ll play Division 1B hurling next year.

Division 1B

Wexford have already secured a promotion spot here and top place in Division 1B. Both Limerick and Galway – who meet at the Gaelic Grounds on Sunday – will join them at that stage, with the winners to secure second place.

The meeting of Kerry and Offaly will be decisive in ensuring who grabs the last quarter-final place. Currently Kerry, along with Laois, are on two points while Offaly are rooted to the bottom as they are pointless after five games.

A victory for Offaly and a defeat for Laois would leave all three teams tied on two points. The scoring differences at the moment have Kerry (-46), Laois (-53) and Offaly (-41).

Division 2A

Antrim (seven points) and Carlow (six points) are in pole position to contest the final here, which will decide who plays at Division 1B level next year.

Kildare (five points) are in third but would need to beat London and hope either Carlow lose or the three teams finish on seven points, so that scoring difference would come in to play. After losing to Antrim, Kildare will be edged out by the Saffron men if the head-to-head record comes into play there.

Westmeath (four points) have a slim outside chance but would need an unlikely set to results to work in their favour while the bottom placed team, Armagh or London, will be relegated. Those sides drew earlier in the league so scoring difference could count with Armagh (-32) and London (-38).

Division 2B

Wicklow and Meath face each other this weekend with both counties safely through to the final after winning all four of their matches to date. The relegation playoff will be a contest between Mayo and Roscommon, both currently pointless.

Division 3A

Tyrone’s victory over Donegal in a re-arranged fixture on Wednesday night, gives them a fighting chance of promotion. Monaghan, top of the table on eight points, take on Tyrone on Sunday in Inniskeen while Donegal are away to Louth.

Both Tyrone and Donegal are on six points with the top two sides here featuring in the final. There will be no relegation from Division 3A.

Division 3B

Longford and Warwickshire have booked berths in the final here.

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