Thanks for the clarification.
Though one thing is still unclear to me. Number 3...Highest score? What does that mean? Which side has scored and conceded the highest amount i.e a team with 70 for and 60 against would beat a side with 69 for and 59 against? The highest score put up in a single match? The highest scoring margin put up in a single match? And does that include only games including the tied teams or any games?
It seems quite vague, and by my amateur legal estimation, widely open to interpretation, which appears to me to be a legal time bomb. If O'Toole's beat Craobh by eight or if Cuala beat Crumlin by two, it will come come down to this (if Na Fianna and Boden win their last games).
Have I missed something? Do you have any further reference points or knowledge on the subject.
If there is something more clear, please let me know asap and I'll edit the article ASAP.
Also, I've said "the manner in which the board have decided". Am I correct to say that it's actually a Croke Park format which each county are obliged to follow, or could the Dublin county board amend it? (not that I think they should in general). I'll edit that if it's out of CCC control.
On a side note, as you've clearly thought about all of this before...I suspect you remember that Ireland "came second" and Netherlands "came third" in the 1990 World Cup group by "the toss of a coin" (literally two balls in a jar). "Second place" Ireland then drew another second place team, Romania, while "third place" Netherlands drew a first place team, West Germany. The Dutch went out and we held out for penalties and won against Romania.
But had Egypt equalised late against England in the group, all four would have gone into a pot to be drawn out as first, second, third and fourth. It would also have happened had Ireland and Norway drawn 1-1 and not 0-0 in the final game in 1994.
I suspect it's one of the reasons why Fifa and Eufa have changed the system, though the 1994 group would have been inseparable by any method had Ireland and Norway drawn 1-1.
On the whole, as a previous article I wrote said, group format is the way forward, and as this article says, the current hurling method is definitely the fairest.
Just that it or I need clarification on what what happens if two sides are level on score difference in the three way tie.