One semi and two quarter places to be filled as well as relegation decider | SHC Permutations

The Balbec are the only side guaranteed of a semi-final berth with a game to spare. They have won four from four and anything but defeat to Na Piarsaigh will see them top the group.

The Limerick Senior Hurling Championship is down to the final round but each team will have to wait a fortnight to conclude the group stage of their season.

Kilmallock are already in the semi-finals regardless of what happens while Na Piarsaigh and Mungret St Pauls are assured of their knockout places.

Kildimo Pallaskenry’s relegation to group two for 2024 is also confirmed but elsewhere it is all to play for heading into the concluding round.

Below we look at the permutations for each of the twelve teams ahead of their final round contest.

Group One

Kilmallock (8 pts)

The Balbec are the only side guaranteed of a semi-final berth with a game to spare. They have won four from four and anything but defeat to Na Piarsaigh will see them top the group.

Graeme Muclahy wheels away after scoring the decisive goal for Kilmallock in their Limerick SHC win over Patrickswell. Credit: Tom Beary

Na Piarsaigh (6 pts)

Last year’s champions are in pole position for the second semi-final berth and need just a point to do so. One of only three teams alongside Kilmallock and Mungret St Pauls already confirmed to feature in the knockouts.

If they beat Kilmallock then they will finish top but if they are beaten then they could be caught by Patrickswell who hold the H2H over them and Doon but they would need a huge swing of points.

Patrickswell (4pts)

Can finish in the top two but don’t have it in their own control. Need to beat Kildimo Pallaskenry to move to six points where they would pip Nap to second should they lose in the final round. A win/draw would guarantee a quarter were Na Piarsaigh to get a result against Kilmallock.

Could miss out on the quarters if Ahane beat Doon and they lose to KP which would leave three teams on four points where it would go to score difference.

Aaron Gillane goals for Patrickswell against Ahane. Credit: Tom Beary

Doon (4pts)

Have an outside shot at a semi-final but their points differential (-29) more or less rules them out in that regard. Know if they avoid defeat to Ahane in the final round then they will finish in the quarter-final spots.

Were they to lose and Patrickswell win, then Doon will be eliminated. Could get caught in a three-way tie also due to their scoring difference.

Ahane (2 pts)

It’s win or bust for Ahane who trail round five opponents Doon by a pair of points. If they beat the East side and Patrickswell don’t lose, then it will be a first quarter for Ahane since 2019.

Tom Morrissey scores for Ahane in their SHC clash with Kilmallock. Credit: Tom Beary

Kildimo Pallaskenry (0 pts)

KP are relegated to Senior B for 2024 regardless of how the final round plays out.

Group Two

Mungret St Pauls (7pts)

Mungret St Pauls are guaranteed a quarter-final berth following a third win of the campaign last time out. The City men are also in pole position for promotion and will seal a place in Senior A with a draw against Ballybrown on the final day.

If they lose to their neighbours then they will miss out on promotion.

Mungret St Pauls Brian O’Meara in possession against Monaleen in the Limerick SHC. CREDIT: Mungret St Pauls Facebook

Ballybrown (7 pts)

Ballybrown need a win to earn promotion and will do so with victory against Mungret St Pauls. Anything else will see them miss out on promotion with Mungret edging the scoring difference by three points.

If Ballybrown (+31) lose and Adare (+19) win, then the Clarina outfit could miss out on the quarters as they will finish level on points.

Adare (5 pts)

A win is a must if Adare are to progress to the quarters but they cannot get promoted following the round three loss to Mungret St Pauls. Were they to beat Monaleen in the final round, they would have to hope Ballybrown lose and make up a 12-point differential to pip them on score difference with the sides drawing in their second round meeting.

Monaleen (4 pts)

Monaleen cannot be promoted or reach the quarter finals. A win over Adare will see them finish third but fourth is the lowest they can end up in their first year back at senior.

Monaleen’s Jamie Power stares down Mungret St Pauls Liam Lynch during their Limerick SHC clash. CREDIT: Mungret St Pauls Facebook

Garryspillane (1 pt)

Avoid defeat to South Liberties and Garryspillane will ensure senior status for a sixth successive season. Lose and they are relegated.

South Liberties (0 pts)

It’s win or bust for South Liberties in their safety bid as they know anything but victory will see them relegated. However, a win would guarantee safety.

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