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IAFL 1 Playoffs: Cowboys vs Trinity Preview

Trinity College Dublin @ Craigavon Cowboys

There was 1276 points scored in IAFL 1 this season, with over a third (34.4%) of those scored by Trinity College and league champions Craigavon Cowboys. Whilst their offenses have been setting the pace, their defenses have also had an almighty season as Trinity finished the regular season with the best defense (only 47 points conceded in eight games) and the Cowboys defense coming second, having conceded an average of 7.9 points a game. The last time these two teams met, Trinity came out on top 14-2 in the season opener.

It has been a great season for Trinity, having bounced back from being relegated from the SBC last year. They recorded six wins and two losses, however both their losses came in the last two games they played, losing out to the Eagles and Minotaurs. Trinity line captain Kevin Seery is hoping that recent form will be overturned this Sunday “We are very excited to get back on the field this weekend. This is playoff football, and we know our season hinges on this game. We aren’t expecting an easy game, playing away against the league leaders. We have a very young team this year so for a lot of the guys this will be their first taste of playoff football. We’ve made massive strides as a team over the season and we’re confident that if some of our rookies like WR Franklin Obiekwe and Lineman Oisin Fullham Smith step up and give their all then we can come away with the W.”

With the Cowboys beating the Minotaurs and the Eagles beating Trinity on a frantic final day of the regular season, the Cowboys saw themselves propel from third to first in the table, clinching the league and a home playoff game. The Cowboys carry the best form into the playoffs having won their last seven games, most recently beating the Minotaurs and Eagles. Cowboys head coach Greg Loughran is keen to avenge the early season defeat to Trinity and get his team to their third consecutive IAFL 1 Bowl game “It’s post season football again for the Cowboys and this time around it’s a clash with the only team to beat us in the 2019 season, Trinity College Dublin. We owe it to ourselves to win this game.”

Location: Peoples Park, Portadown

Kick Off: 2pm

Facebook: Craigavon Cowboys

IAFL 1 Playoffs: Minotaurs vs Eagles Preview

Its win or bust time in IAFL 1 as this Sunday see’s four teams go head to head with only two coming out the other side with an IAFL 1 Bowl spot. The four teams combined won 25 matches and lost only 7 this season, so both games are sure to be very competitive. We start our previews with a hard hitting match up in Mullingar.

Wexford Eagles (3rd, 6-2) @ Westmeath Minotaurs (2nd, 6-2)

Second versus third in what is sure to be a smash mouth game of football with both teams being run reliant. The last time these two teams met, the Minotaurs ran out comprehensive winners in Gorey beating the Eagles 39-16. However, the Minotaurs recent form has dipped, losing their two most recent games to the Mavericks and Cowboys. Momentum is certainly with the Eagles, who have won their most recent two games against the Vipers and Trinity.

The Eagles offense scored the second highest points during the regular season (239) however the defense finished fourth after conceding 123 points. Eagles head coach Kevin Klatt will be looking for his defense to step on Sunday “We know this game won’t be easy; the Minotaurs gave us our worst loss this season when we played them in March. However, we’ve moved on a lot since then. I like to think that the Eagles players and coaches have developed the ability to adapt to what other teams are doing ‘on the fly’ if you’ll excuse the play on words. We’ve got nearly a fully-fit squad, and given the performance of some of our rookies over the past few games, the Eagles coaches actually have selection problems of the good kind heading into this semi-final. We think a lot of people expected Trinity to win our game last Sunday. As they’ve done throughout my time with this club, the Eagles rose to the challenge and did exactly what was needed on the day. I know, hand-on-heart, that the players will leave it all out there again next Sunday, as we all know that a place in the final is at stake.”

The Minotaurs find themselves with home field advantage and only one game away from the Bowl after a terrific season. Six wins on the bounce saw them sit top of the table after their first six games but struggles recently saw them finish in second place. The Minotaurs offense is the best in the league, scoring an average of 32.5 per game. Minotaurs club captain Jo Coyne will be hoping his offense is firing all cylinders “We know what to expect from Wexford so we know we will not be handed anything and that we will have to earn every yard on the day. With a few key pieces back from injury/holidays we do think we can get back to playing the football which got us to the playoffs.”

Location: Mullingar RFC

Kick Off: 2pm

Facebook: Thomas Casey Photography
Facebook: Wexford Eagles

Week 17: IAFL 1 Game Previews

Two massive games in IAFL 1, with all four teams having already qualified for the playoffs but home advantage still up for grabs!

Craigavon Cowboys (6-1) @ Westmeath Minotaurs (6-1)

First versus third in what is a heavyweight match up as the Craigavon Cowboys travel south to take on the table toppers, Westmeath Minotaurs. All to play for as a win for either team would guarantee a home semi-final game on 14th July. The Minotaurs are coming off their first defeat of the season, where they were beaten 26-34 by the Louth Mavericks, whilst the Craigavon Cowboys have won six in a row, beating the Wexford Eagles 27-13 in their most recent match.

It was a disappointing result for the Minotaurs in their last match as their unbeaten ambitions came to an end. However Minotaurs head coach Conor Brennan isn’t fazed by the result and is confident his team can get the job done on Sunday “We’re looking forward to what will be a great challenge in the form of the Cowboys. There is a lot to play for in terms of playoff seeding. We’re looking to right a few wrongs after a disappointing showing against the Mavericks last time out. We’ll have to be at our very best to come away with a positive result.”

The Cowboys have improved significantly since their first game loss to Trinity. Whilst having the same record as the Minotaurs and Trinity, they find themselves in third place. Nothing but a win will do this Sunday as Cowboys president Jo Buchanan explains “The team are excited to travel to Mullingar this Sunday for a game we very much want to win. Our offense has really begun to click, whilst our defense has been on fire all season so I believe we are starting to come together at the right time. The Minotaurs always present a tough challenge, but we feel well prepared for the game.”

Location: Mullingar RFC

Kick Off: 2pm

Facebook: Westmeath Minotaurs

 

Trinity College (6-1) @ Wexford Eagles (5-2)

A huge game for both teams who are in a quest for a home playoff game. Trinity currently sit second in the table and will secure a home semi-final should they win. The Eagles however face little to no chance of hosting a home semi-final, with only 1 of 9 possible outcome scenarios giving them hope. Both teams will both be looking for a win here to gain some momentum going into the playoffs.

Trinity have not played since 12 May where they were defeated for the first time this season by the Westmeath Minotaurs (06-21). Despite the extended break following a loss, Trinity secretary Rory O’Dwyer is confident his side can dig deep to get the win this Sunday “Trinity are looking forward to being back on the field after a series of unfortunate forfeits mean this will be our first game since mid-May. Even though we go in 6-1, we are by no means underestimating our opponents. The Eagles are a well-coached, strong side that are tough and hard hitting, we expect a very physical game.”

It has been a mixed season for the Eagles, who have faced many challenges but have proved worthy of a playoff spot. Eagles head coach Kevin Klatt will be looking for his team to continue on from where they left off in their last match versus the Vipers “This will be the first time we’ve ever played Trinity, and we’re really looking forward to meeting such a top-quality opponent. This is the type of game that can tell us how far we’ve come with our own game, as well as what we need to work on heading into the play-offs. While we know that this game will have a significant bearing on who plays who, and who plays where in the semi-finals, our guys understand very well that the only thing we can control is what happens in our own game, and that’s what we’re focused on. We had an excellent result in our last away game to the Vipers (a game the Eagles won, 50-6); all phases of our game clicked well on the day, and we’d like to keep that momentum going. But Trinity have only lost one game this year, and we expect a massive battle in our last home game of the season.”

Location: Gorey Celtic FC, Wexford

Kick Off: 2pm

Facebook: Wexford Eagles

 

Season Over

A disappointing end to 2019 for the Louth Mavericks (5th, 4-4) having hoped to bounce back into the SBC straight away following relegation last year. A tough start to their season saw them fall to 1-4 but a strong end to the season culminated with them beating the former unbeaten Westmeath Minotaurs and finish with a 4-4 record. Not the immediate return to the SBC the Mavericks were hoping for but the rebuilding process seems to be taking serious shape and should see them right in the mix once again next year.

Not the season the Donegal/Derry Vipers (6th, 2-6) where hoping for, whose only wins came via forfeits. The squad is certainly in a rebuilding phase having lost key players to injury and retirement after the 2018 season. Offensive struggles proved to be the sticking point this year, with the offense only scoring 33 points in the six games they played, including their first three games where they failed to score any points. Credit to the Vipers who stuck at it when the going got tough, plenty of room for improvement for next season which they will for sure be working hard on in the off season.

A season to forget for both the Waterford Wolves (7th, 1-7) and the Galway Warriors (8th, 0-8) who both faced major struggles on and off the pitch this year. The Wolves only win of the season came via a 29-0 win against the Warriors. Both teams will need to regroup quickly and begin preparations for 2020 as soon as possible to avoid a repeat of this season.

IAFL1 2019 Playoff Picture

As it stands four teams have already gained a berth in the IAFL1 playoff stage :

  • The Westmeath Minotaurs
  • Trinity College Dublin
  • The Craigavon Cowboys
  • The Wexford Eagles

However, it is not yet clear which of these will take 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th seed.

The playoff games will take place on July 14th. Both games will be hosted by the top 2 seeds respectively.

Before we get to the scenarios here is some key factors to help us determine the possible outcome of each scenario.

  • Minotaurs beat Trinity on May 12th
  • Minotaurs beat Eagles on March 30th
  • Trinity beat Cowboys on March 3rd
  • Cowboys beat Eagles on June 9th
  • Minotaurs play Cowboys on June 30th
  • Eagles play Trinity on June 30th
  • Section 3 U 4 of the bylaws (page 25) stipulates “In the event that any team fails to complete 2 or more regular season fixtures, all its games will be regarded as 30-0 forfeits for the purposes of calculating the points allowed in these specific tiebreak categories.” Since both the Waterford Wolves and Galway Warriors have forfeited 2 or more games during the season, all the games each team has fully played will brought (up or down) to a 30-0 score for the non-forfeiting team. For example, the Wolves lost to the Cowboys 73-0, if a tiebreaker needs to be applied then the score will then be changed to 30-0 therefore affecting the NET total of points scored. (phew!!)

The current standings as of last weekend are:

So – unto the scenarios. There are 9 possible outcomes so bear with us while we lay them out for you.

Minotaurs beat Cowboys / Trinity beat Eagles
  • Minotaurs are 7-1, Cowboys 6-2, Trinity 7-1 and Eagles 5-3
  • Cowboys are 3rd seed and Eagles are 4th seed automatically
  • Since Minotaurs beat Trinity on May 12thMinotaurs are 1st and Trinity 2nd seed
  • Playoff games are Minotaurs vs Eagles in Mullingar, and Trinity vs Cowboys in Santry

Cowboys beat Minotaurs / Eagles beat Trinity
  • Minotaurs are 6-2, Cowboys 7-1, Trinity 6-2 and Eagles 6-2
  • Cowboys are 1st seed automatically
  • Since Minotaurs beat Trinity on May 12th and Minotaurs beat Eagles on March 31st, Minotaurs are 2nd seed, Eagles 3rd seed, and Trinity are 4th seed.
  • Playoff games are Cowboys vs Trinity in Portadown, and Minotaurs vs Eagles in Mullingar

Minotaurs beat Cowboys / Eagles beat Trinity
  • Minotaurs are 7-1, Cowboys 6-2, Trinity 6-2 and Eagles 6-2
  • Minotaurs are 1st seed automatically
  • Since Trinity beat Cowboys on March 3rd and Cowboys beat Eagles on June 9th – 2nd, 3rd and 4th seeds will be decided over points difference between the three teams and since all three teams have won by forfeits against both Wolves and Warriors, rule 11-U-4 will apply in the calculation of NET points on the last day of the regular season
  • Playoff games are Minotaurs vs 4th seed in Mullingar and 2nd seed vs 3rd seed – venue TBD

Cowboys beat Minotaurs / Trinity beat Eagles
  • Minotaurs are 6-2, Cowboys 7-1, Trinity 7-1 and Eagles 5-3
  • Eagles are seed 4th and Minotaurs are 3rd seed automatically
  • Since Trinity beat Cowboys on March 3rd, Trinity takes 1st seed and Cowboys 2nd seed
  • Playoff games are Trinity vs Eagles in Santry, and Cowboys vs Minotaurs in Portadown

Cowboys and Minotaurs Draw / Trinity and Eagles draw
  • Minotaurs are 6-1-1, Cowboys 6-1-1, Trinity 6-1-1 and Eagles 5-2-1
  • Eagles are seed 4th automatically
  • Since Trinity beat Cowboys and Minotaurs beat Trinity, 1st, 2nd and 3rd seeds will be decided over points differences between the three teams and since all three teams have won by forfeits against both Wolves and Warriors, rule 11-U-4 will apply in the calculation of NET points differences. So Minotaurs would be 203-55=148 (19+36 reduction v Warriors March 17th and May 5th), Trinity would be 163-42=121 (42 reduction v Wolves March 31st) and Cowboys would be 149-43=106 (43 reduction v Wolves May 5th)
  • So Minotaurs would take 1st seed, Trinity 2nd seed and Cowboys 3rd seed
  • Playoff games are Minotaurs vs Eagles in Mullingar, and Trinity vs Cowboys in Santry

Cowboys and Minotaurs Draw / Trinity beat Eagles
  • Minotaurs are 6-1-1, Cowboys 6-1-1, Trinity 7-1 and Eagles 5-3
  • Trinity are 1st seed and Eagles are seed 4th automatically
  • 2nd and 3rd seeds will be decided over points differences between the Minotaurs and the Cowboys and since both teams have won by forfeits against both Wolves and Warriors, rule 11-U-4 will apply in the calculation of NET points differences. So Minotaurs would be 203-55=148 (19+36 reduction v Warriors March 17th and May 5th) and Cowboys would be 149-43=106 (43 reduction v Wolves May 5th)
  • So Minotaurs would take 2nd seed and Cowboys 3rd seed.
  • Playoff games are Trinity vs Eagles in Santry, and Minotaurs vs Cowboys in Mullingar

Cowboys and Minotaurs draw / Eagles beat Trinity
  • Minotaurs are 6-1-1, Cowboys 6-1-1, Trinity 6-2 and Eagles 6-2
  • Trinity are 4th seed and Eagles are 3rd seed automatically
  • 1st and 2rd seeds will be decided over points differences between the Minotaurs and the Cowboys and since both teams have won by forfeits against both Wolves and Warriors, rule 11-U-4 will apply in the calculation of NET points differences. So Minotaurs would be 203-55=148 (19+36 reduction v Warriors March 17th and May 5th) and Cowboys would be 149-43=106 (43 reduction v Wolves May 5th)
  • So Minotaurs would take 1st seed and Cowboys 2nd seed.
  • Playoff games are Minotaurs vs Trinity in Mullingar, and Cowboys vs Eagles in Portadown

Minotaurs beat Cowboys, Eagles and Trinity draw
  • Minotaurs are 7-1, Cowboys 6-2, Trinity 6-1-1 and Eagles 5-2-1
  • Minotaurs are 1st seed, Trinity are 2nd seed, Cowboys are 3rd seed, Eagles are 4th seed
  • Playoff games are Minotaurs vs Eagles in Mullingar, and Trinity vs Cowboys in Santry

Cowboys beat Minotaurs, Eagles and Trinity draw
  • Minotaurs are 6-2, Cowboys 7-1, Trinity 6-1-1 and Eagles 5-2-1
  • Cowboys are 1st seed, Trinity are 2nd seed, Minotaurs are 3rd seed, Eagles are 4th seed
  • Playoff games are Cowboys vs Eagles in Portadown, and Trinity vs Minotaurs in Santry