In the event of equality of points, the following regulations will be used to determine which section of the division teams will play in for phase two of the competition:

1. [b]Two teams[/b] tied for [b]one remaining place[/b] in the top half: Teams play off to decide which team takes the higher place in the final league table.

2. [b]Three teams[/b] tied for [b]one remaining place[/b] in the top half: the team with the highest score difference should qualify for the play-off final, to play against the winner of a play-off involving the remaining two teams.

3. [b]Three teams[/b] tied for [b]two places[/b] in the top half: the team with the highest score difference should take the first automatic qualifying place and the remaining two teams play-off for the second place.

4. [b]Four teams[/b] tied for [b]one place[/b] in the top half: two play-off semi-finals and a play-off final to decide the one place available. The team with the highest score difference should play the team with the third highest score difference and the team with second highest and fourth highest score difference should meet in the respective semi-finals.

5. [b]Four teams[/b] tied for [b]two remaining places[/b] in the top half: the top team on score difference should take the first automatic qualifying place. The second placed team should receive a bye into a play-off final where it will meet the winner of a semi-final played between the remaining two teams, to decide the second qualifying team for the top half.

6. [b]Four teams[/b] tied for [b]three remaining places[/b] in the top half: the first two automatic places should go to the teams which have the best score difference. The two teams remaining will play-off for the remaining place in the top half.

7. [b]Five teams[/b] tied for [b]one remaining place[/b] in the top half: the team with the highest score difference should receive a bye to a play-off final. The next highest team on score difference should play the team with the third highest score difference in one semi-final and the teams with the second and fourth best score difference should play-off in a second semi-final. The winners of these semi-finals to play-off for the right to meet the team with the bye in a final game to decide the team to make the top half.

8. [b]Five teams[/b] tied for [b]two remaining places[/b] in the top half: the team with the highest score difference should take an automatic place in the top half, with the four remaining teams playing two semi-finals and a play-off final to decide the second qualifying place in the top half. Semi-final pairing decided as at (7) above.

9. [b]Five teams[/b] tied for [b]three places[/b] in the top half: the first two automatic places should go to the two teams with the best score difference. The team with the third best score difference receive a bye to the play-off final to meet the winners of a play-off semi-final between the two teams with the lowest score difference, to decide the remaining place available.

10. [b]Five teams[/b] tied for [b]four places[/b] in the top half: the first three automatic places should go to the teams with the best score difference with the fourth place going to the winner of a play-off game involving the remaining two teams.

From 2007 forward, as a result of a motion passed at Congress 2006, any remaining issues regarding equality of points will be determined by scores alone.

 

 

01-Aug-06 by Paddy Reilly