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Schools Round kicks off tomorrow

International Cup 2017

The innovative Schools Round (Round 2) makes its International Cup debut tomorrow.  The AFL has confirmed that these games are all open to the public.

Teams will play at schools in Melbourne and surrounding suburbs and in Ballarat. This will be a fantastic opportunity for all the schools and students involved as well as all the teams.

Please note there are some time changes to matches from those initially advertised (see below).

In Division 1 Ireland are favourites to defeat France at St Pat's in Ballarat and across town at Mt Clear PNG and Nauru will be looking to get their tournaments back on track after losses on Sunday.

I think all the other Division 1 games could go either way.  The USA will be looking to go 2-0 against South Africa at Wesley College but the South Africans will be sure to improve on their losing performance on Sunday. Great Britain were fantastic beating South Africa on Sunday but can they back it up against Canada at St Francis Xavierω 

And New Zealand are powering along, but Fiji are firing and if their skill can match their athletic ability they could just pull off an upset.  This is the only game not being played at a school, Linen House is the training base of St Kilda in Seaford.


More details on the fixture can be seen here.

In Division 2 I expect Japan to defeat Pakistan, China to defeat Sri Lanka, Germany to defeat India and Croatia vs Indonesia to be the only toss of the coin.  To avoid sitting on the fence I will say Croatia to get up, assuming they are better for the run on Sunday despite their loss.

In the Women's Division I expect Canada to defeat Pakistan, Ireland to defeat European Crusaders, USA to defeat PNG and Fiji and Great Britain to be match of the round.   Given Fiji pushed Canada to extra time, they have to go in as favourites.

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School's Round kicks off tomorrow
Authored by: Rog on Tuesday, August 08 2017 @ 09:33 am ACST

Are these games still open to the public, seeing that they are being played on school grounds?

School's Round kicks off tomorrow
Authored by: Troy Thompson on Tuesday, August 08 2017 @ 09:50 am ACST

The AFL has confirmed that these games are all open to the public.

School's Round kicks off tomorrow
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Tuesday, August 08 2017 @ 11:41 am ACST

My tips - for what it's worth:
Div 1: Ire, NZ, PNG, GrB to surprise?, USA to set up for a serious assault on this tourney.
Div 2: Jpn, Croatia, China, Grmny
Womens: Cnda, Ire, Fiji just, USA just.

School's Round kicks off tomorrow
Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, August 08 2017 @ 03:31 pm ACST

OK my stab at it:

Men Div 1
- Ireland over France by 120 pts
- NZ over Fiji by 40 pts
- USA over SA by 7 pts
- PNG over Nauru by 25 pts
- GB over Canada by 1 pt

Men Div 2
- Japan over Pakistan by 80 pts
- Croatia over Indonesia by 20 pts
- China over Sri Lanka by 40 pts
- Germany over India by 60 pts

Women
- Canada over Pakistan by 110 pts
- Ireland over Europe Crusaders by 100 pts
- USA over PNG by 1 pt (absolutely no idea on this one, will be fascinating to gauge where PNG are at)
- Great Britain over Fiji by 10 pts

If some of those Women's games do play out as the thrashings I predict then perhaps IC21 will see the women go to 2 divisions as well.

Yes I know, IC20, but I continue to want to see it go to every 4 years, and we did see several past teams not make it this time so I think the novelty wearing off and financial hardship are starting to show - missing are men's Tonga, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Samoa, Spain, Timor Leste, Peace Team, and women's Tonga. Would love to see IC every 4 years, regional championships on the 2 years in-between (so IC2017, regional champs 2019, IC2021).

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

School's Round kicks off tomorrow
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Tuesday, August 08 2017 @ 04:58 pm ACST

Regards the sides that aren't there - I think that's something worth us investigating, particularly as to how the IC factors in to their current situation. I would suggest we look at them in two groups - firstly, there's Samoa, Spain, Timor Leste and Finland where I don't think any footy is being played at all at present (in Samoa's case not for years now).

Then the other group are Denmark, Sweden and (I think) Tonga, where the local league is active and playing regularly, but have not been able to (or elected not to) send a side.

The Peace Team is a separate issue as they weren't based on a domestic league like the others.

Be interesting to see what discussion comes out of this year's conference.

School's Round kicks off tomorrow
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Tuesday, August 08 2017 @ 09:27 pm ACST

Aaron,....don't forget your tips!!!

AFL Samoa facebook page - after Gabel Stathis finished up there it all went dead quiet which is a shame.

School's Round kicks off tomorrow
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Wednesday, August 09 2017 @ 07:27 am ACST

My tips:

Men's Div 1 - PNG, Ireland, NZ, US, GB
Men's Div 2 - China, Japan, Germany, Croatia

Women's - Canada, Fiji, Ireland, PNG

I think those are identical to Mick's?

Schools Round kicks off tomorrow
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, August 09 2017 @ 04:51 pm ACST

OK, so here were my tips from above, with the actual margin written next to them. 12 out of 13, some margins almost spot on, some well out. I'll give myself a pat on that back!

Men Div 1
- Ireland over France by 120 pts ACTUALLY 65
- NZ over Fiji by 40 pts ACTUALLY 70
- USA over SA by 7 pts ACTUALLY 47
- PNG over Nauru by 25 pts ACTUALLY 49
- GB over Canada by 1 pt WRONG: CANADA BY 15

Men Div 2
- Japan over Pakistan by 80 pts ACTUALLY 19
- Croatia over Indonesia by 20 pts ACTUALLY 79
- China over Sri Lanka by 40 pts ACTUALLY 14
- Germany over India by 60 pts ACTUALLY 77

Women
- Canada over Pakistan by 110 pts ACTUALLY 186
- Ireland over Europe Crusaders by 100 pts ACTUALLY 61
- USA over PNG by 1 pt (absolutely no idea on this one, will be fascinating to gauge where PNG are at) ACTUALLY 27
- Great Britain over Fiji by 10 pts ACTUALLY 9

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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN