We take a look at this weekend's crucial clashes in the Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate and Premier Junior Championships:
Saturday August 6th
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Intermediate Championship
Kilkenny v Laois
Referee: Aiden O'Brien
Currently top of their group with three wins from three Kilkenny will be hoping to add to their winning tally this weekend and win all of their games in the group stages.
Laois who are in second place in the table will be looking to pick up a victory in their final group game this weekend after losing out to Tipperary two weeks ago.
Tipperary v Antrim
Referee: John Dolan
Tipperary saw off Laois in their last group game and they will be hoping that they can do the same this weekend at home to Antrim. Currently in third position on score difference they will be hoping to progress in this year’s Championship.
Having won only one of their matches so far this Championship, Antrim will need to pick up a victory this weekend if they want to be in contention for progressing this season.
Kildare v Meath
Referee: John McDonagh
Kildare who have won two out of their three games so far will be looking to get another victory this weekend against Meath. A tough game will be ahead of them with the only thing separating the teams being score difference.
Meath will be hoping to go ahead of Kildare this weekend by securing a victory. A tough game will be ahead of them with this game expected to go down to the wire.
Liberty Insurance All-Ireland Premier Junior Championship
Sunday August 7th
Limerick v Kerry
Referee: Andrew Larkin
Limerick who have only won one game this year will be hoping to end their Championship campaign on winning ways.
Similarly, Kerry also have one win from five this year however they are slightly ahead of Limerick in the table on score difference.
Carlow v Armagh
Netwatch Cullen Park
Referee: Gavin Donegan
Carlow will be looking to build on their performances this year and secure victory as they aim to secure top spot in the Group. A tough task will be ahead of them against a strong Armagh side.
Currently top of the table Armagh will be looking for another victory this weekend. After winning the National League earlier this year they are now aiming for an All-Ireland victory.
Dublin v Roscommon
Naomh Mearnóg Gaa, Portmarnock
Referee: Julie O’Neill
Dublin who have yet to win any of their games this year will have another tough task against them this weekend against National League finalists Roscommon.
Roscommon will be looking to build on their performances this year as they currently lie in fourth place in the table and have secured a spot in this year’s Semi-Final.
Semi-Final 1 – 1st place v 4th place
Semi-Final 2 – 2nd place v 3rd place
Criteria for teams finishing on equal points:
When competitions are run on a single round league basis and when teams finish on equal points at the end of a competition and when one or more teams can progress to the next stage of the competition, overall score difference will first apply:
· Overall score difference is determined by scores against deducted from scores for in every game played in the group. Scores for and against teams who conceded a game or games in the group will be fully disregarded in determining overall score difference. The team with the highest (net) result progresses.
· If teams remain on equal rankings after step (a) above: A playoff game(s) will take place to determine who progresses. Extra time will apply in such games.