The Camogie Association’s Ard Chomhairle (Central Council) decided at its meeting on Saturday 29th November to introduce two new elements to the 2015 national fixtures schedule.
The decision was made to assist in freeing up dates, particularly for fixtures at county level by (i) avoiding play-offs to determine group placings and (ii) as far as possible, to determine results in knock-out games on the day of the original fixture.
Across all national competitions, quarter-finals and semi-finals will automatically go to extra time if teams are drawn after normal playing time. If teams are still drawn after extra time, only then will the fixture go to a replay. All-Ireland Finals are the only games that will automatically go to a replay if teams are level at the end of normal playing time. This new system will be introduced for one year initially.
To avoid play-offs, a system based on head-to-head results will be introduced to rank teams who finish on equal points in a group when two teams can progress to further stages of a competition e.g. top two in a group go into semi-finals or 2nd and third placed go into semi-finals.
The full schedule of 2015 National Fixtures will issue shortly.