What a finish!
A more thrilling build-up to Indy's post-season, there has never been! In the two-year history of this club running a playoff finale to the hurling season, only this year did the regular season finish with a three-way tie for the top record! That's only 50% of the time!
To deal with this unprecedented parity, the league officials had to dust off the league rule book, and invoke higher math. Or at least medium-high math.
In situations where the records are the same, the rankings are determined next by the total scoring differentials of the teams. Should that fail to determine a winner, the next course of action would be to rank by highest total score for the season, followed by the lowest score by opponents. Eventually a coin-toss is involved. (There is such a thing as too much parity.)
So what we have here is a league where the top team, Pogue's, outscored their opponents by a greater margin than did Goose and Claddagh. But it was close! Here is the breakdown for all seven teams:
Team - Average Score Differential
- Pogue's - 10.8
- Goose - 9.8
- Claddagh - 9.0
- Good Earth - 4.3
- Flynn's - (-6.4)
- Connor's - (-10.7)
- Renners' - (-16.4)
In summary, only a few points over the season separate the top three teams. And remember Flynn's success at the end of last summer - miracle runs can happen. This Quigley Cup is truly any team's to win.
Be sure to hydrate early and often, and get ready for the exciting conclusion of the Indy Hurling Summer League!* It's July Madness at its finest baby!
*Come for the games, stay for the picnic.