TrapperChamonix wrote:Terenure have been unlucky with the draw in the last 5 years coming up against either Rock or Michaels in the 1st or 2nd round. There was definitely an opportunity for them to progress in this years competition.

Another strong Gonzaga team for the 3rd year in a row.

It really looks like there is a big 4 of Belvedere, Blackrock, Clongowes and Michaels. The next in the pecking order is Roscrea. Marys, Terenure and Gonzaga neck and neck after that.

I've been looking at the results over the last 6 years (2014 to 19) and obviously there is 1 more game to come. The measure of the sides is not really how far you get in the competition as that can be entirely down to the luck of the draw. 1 measure is how often do you compete successfully against the top teams. It this case I have assumed the top teams as the last 5 schools to have won it. (Rock 18, Belvo 17, Roscrea 15, Michaels 12, CWC 11). So how many games has each team won against those 5 teams and here is what you get

Belvo have won 9 games against the following (Michaels 3, Rock 2, CWC 2, Roscrea 2,)

Blackrock 3 wins (Belvedere 1, Michaels 1 & CWC 1)

CWC 2 wins (Belvedere 1 & Michaels 1 in 2014 & 15 respectively)

Michaels 3 wins (Belvedere1, Blackrock 1 & CWC 1) 2 of those this year and CWC last year.

Roscrea 3 wins (Belvedere 1 Blackrock 1 & CWC)

Outside of these teams beating themselves the only other team to beat any of the big 4 is Gonzagas victory over CWC this week. Terenure have not beaten any of them during this time.