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World XVIII crack first win (updated)

General NewsThe World XVIII team have had their first win on Australian soil defeating an Indigenous Under 15 team in a warm up match this morning. Played in cold blustery conditions at Arden St, the World XVIII team won every quarter to run out winners by about five goals (no official scores were kept to our knowledge).

While their opponents were overall smaller and younger, they gave a competitive perfomance that made the game a solid hit out for the World XVIII team that will play their first match in the National Under16 Championships in Sydney on Sunday. The World team who only came together in camp yesterday looked to mesh much more as the game wore on and they all learned a little more of their team mates.

The World XVIII team were lead today by Aliir Aliir and he lead off with the first goal of the match and truly lead from the front along with his other tall team mates in Anthony Daw and Darren Ledoux. They were well supported around the contest by small men like Charles Irra, Ash Dow, Alex Jalloh, Ring Majok and Majok Annet.

Good repelling attacks from Mlki Masaki (who is a well built centre half back), tall full back Muiris Bartley, and half backs Justin Ngudu and Dan Lahane stemmed the tide on most occaisions when the Indigenous side broke the lines with quick running footy.

Others like Henri Peni, Keiumette Mollele, Jason Silen and Sikhulule Gamakhulu were able to use their speed to break lines of their own and create opportunities with good delivery. While impressive tackling by Sami Sir and Muiris Bartley among others showed what they could do when they didn't have the ball.

A big squad who all got a run meant the World XVIII team gave a little taste of everything they had to offer, good natural foot skills, hard tackling, pace and flair. The squad has a good balance of all the necessary attributes of a good team. No doubt they will improve on this in their time together. Will all this be good enough in the tournament to come? The short answer is we don't know. Last year seeing them against the South Pacific before the tournament it was easy to see they would be off the pace a little.

Today's hitout against a younger squad without the same depth as the state squads was perhaps not a great indicator, but it did give the team a chance to put all their skills on show. Last year's match against the South Pacific was one that mostly had the team defending for much of the game.

They now have more days to develop not only their skills further but bonds that will hold them in good stead on the field and no doubt in their years of footy to come. With Chris Johnson and Brad Johnson at the helm and a team of other great footy minds and special guests such as Shae McNamara the lads are in for a big footy week this week before the serious stuff even starts.

Sadly the two East Timorese players who were to be part of the team will not be with the squad on tour due to visa problems.
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World XVIII crack first win
Authored by: Tobietta Rhyman on Tuesday, July 05 2011 @ 02:21 pm ACST

Congrats on the win World XVIII kids!! Shame I didn't know about this cos Arden Street is just down the road :(  Would have loved to cheer the boys on! Best of luck for the competition, and please go out there and fix the arrogant conception I hear so often that foreigners will never be able play top class footy!

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Little Pommy Girl
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World XVIII crack first win (updated)
Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, July 05 2011 @ 11:02 pm ACST

Bloody visas again.  Must be a nightmare trying to organise passports and visa's for players from developing nations, often at short notice.  Hopefully not a bad omen for the men's Timor Leste team.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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World XVIII crack first win (updated)
Authored by: Harley Vague on Wednesday, July 06 2011 @ 10:47 am ACST

Logic suggests it should be the opposite .Players are coming for a very short duration , for a specific purpose , in a supervised group and funded .If there isn't already , there should be sporting visa and it should be easy .In the unlikely event of a problem there is leverage against the whole group .Other countries prefer these tour group scenarios over add hoc .

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World XVIII crack first win (updated)
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, July 06 2011 @ 04:45 pm ACST

I'm not sure about specific sporting visas but I believe Australian government/bureacracy is often very wary of allowing people in when they are from developing countries.  The AFL and AFL Asia Pacific has spent a lot of time over the years getting players in, but it's not uncommon for it to go wrong.  Even things like the spelling of the names of a lot of the players in Oceania seem to vary depending on who you ask, and most of them would not have a passport.  So being in a funded supervised sporting group presumably makes these things go from being unlikely to possible, but still with plenty of room for problems.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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World XVIII crack first win (updated)
Authored by: Rog on Thursday, July 07 2011 @ 08:54 am ACST

 

The Australian government is wary of issuing special "sporting" visas (Sport Visa subclass 421), especially to athletes from developing countries. There have been some cases of athletes overstaying their visas, applying for asylum or temporary residency or simply disappearing into the Australian community and never going home. 82 athletes overstayed their visas after the Sydney Olympics with 11 of them still not found, another 26 from the Melbourne Commonwealth games (mainly from developing countries). I'm not suggesting that anyone coming for the IC11 has this intention but the Government is just doing its job. If everyone has the correct paperwork and supporting evidence filled out and lodged in time then they should have no problems getting a visa.   
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World XVIII crack first win (updated)
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, July 07 2011 @ 10:36 am ACST

Thanks for the info Rog, some interesting stats there.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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World XVIII crack first win (updated)
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Thursday, July 07 2011 @ 01:47 pm ACST

Rog is correct on this one, I remember in the media there was a report that some members of the Sierra Leone commonwealth games team in Melbourne 2006 disappeared shortly before they were meant to go home.

It's also happened on a few occasions when people have shown up to an ulikely-sounding or obscure World Championships - google "Moldovan Underwater Hockey team" for one famous occasion.

99% of the time the sporting visas are legit, but the government have to be careful of the last 1%.

Presumably though, people are working on it right now, so the Timorese (and everyone else) will be all clear to come for the IC.

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World XVIII crack first win (updated)
Authored by: zuess26 on Wednesday, July 06 2011 @ 11:39 pm ACST

When will teams find out who is playing in the ANZ Stadium Curtain Raiser? Do you know if it will be before or after the lightening carnival?

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World XVIII crack first win (updated)
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, July 07 2011 @ 10:40 am ACST

No Zuess, the entire draw after round 1 will not be known until after the first day, other than ranked x plays ranked y etc, but no one knows for sure who x and y will be.  Once that first day is complete then the teams will all be settled into their pool positions, then the draw will be known for the next 2 rounds.  The AFL will then look at that and pick a showcase match, presumably one featuring some of the top sides to highlight the sport.

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN
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