Monday 21 August 2017

Colm O'Rourke: GAA positional switch catches managers with eye off the ball

Using head-to-head results to determine final league placings is fair to all, says Colm O'Rourke

R EADING the papers last week might have led you to the conclusion that the GAA had sprung an April fool's joke on inter-county managers, who only now seem to have twigged that teams which finish on the same points after next Sunday's final round of NFL games will have their placings determined by the head to head.

This means that if two counties have the same number of points, and either a place in the league final or relegation is at stake, then the match between the sides is the first criterion in determining who finishes in front of who.

The means of deciding finishing positions has been reversed from that used last year, with score difference now the second method. This decision was taken at Congress last April and indeed was embraced immediately by many counties and used in their local championships last summer. But sadly some managers, instead of asking their own county board officials why they had not given them the information, had a general lash about moving the goalposts in the middle of a competition.

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