I have been looking to use ELO methods to rank teams in club hurling in various counties. ELO rating of teams can be seen online in various sports (Football, GAArankings.net, Gaelic Football) and ELO is most popular as the ranking method of Chess players.
The formula to calculate team ranking is based on various factors
- Team rankings before the match,
- The result and
- The importance of the match.
I have been tinkering around with my formula and have a ranking system in place for the Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship.
Why Tipperary you may ask?
Well a senior championship that has 30 teams, uses 2 group divisions mixed with 4 geographical divisions before leading to a knockout tournament is surely the craziest club competition to rank in hurling.
Using results for the past 3 seasons and 300 matches, the rankings currently show:
Thurles Sarsfields lead the way as they look to “three-peat” by winning a third consecutive county title. The rankings show semi-finalists Kildangan as their closest opposition with Clonoulty-Rossmore and Killenaule further behind.
2016 Biggest Movers
Looking at the changes in ranking points in 2016 we can see which clubs have moved the most in 2016. Thurles have remained on top but who has gained the most points this year:
Clonoulty Rossmore have jumped up the rankings this year. Their success in overthrowing Eire Og Annacarty in the West and then a super Quarter-Final win against Mullinahone saw them jump into 3rd place in the rankings.
Kildangan have also moved up with a huge win over Drom & Inch last week, a team they had lost by 10 points to last year.
Borris-Ileigh also improved, they exited the 2015 Championship in May of 2015 but this year saw them reach the quarters.
On the other side of the rankings we can see the biggest fallers:
Nenagh Eire Og went on a huge run in 2015 from the Preliminary Quarters to lose last years final by a point to Thurles. This year saw them exit the championship early.
JK Brackens suffered 3 defeats of 16, 14 and 13 points but have ended the year safe at Senior level for 2016, dropping to Roinn 2. Moneygall and Silvermines will battle against relegation next week.
As Tipperary likes to stick to divisional rankings which are part of the Championship you might be interested to see the rankings by Division:
The North Division of Senior hurling in Tipperary is larger than Senior hurling in Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford, Westmeath, Laois, Limerick & Offaly!
To create these rankings you have to weigh various stages of the championship. This article may stir some interest from club fans who disagree with some ranks. Please let me know where the rankings may be out as the weighting system is constantly evolving.