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IC08 draw - 16 teams, 1 division, 4 pools
Authored by: conyers on Wednesday, July 16 2008 @ 03:39 pm ACST

I agree with Ian, you should definetly seperate the regions similar to the FIFA world cup. You can still have seedings so this should not have happened.
I am happy that they went with 1 division even though i think the bottow teams in each group will be taught a lesson.
Pool C will be interesting, obviously China will be out classed but the other 3 games could go either way depending on how much South Africa has improved.

IC08 draw - 16 teams, 1 division, 4 pools
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Wednesday, July 16 2008 @ 03:49 pm ACST

agreed US jumper looks like a training top - the old one was impressive, almost awe inspiring.

I like the Denmark Rnd 2 match down in Geelong - further cementing that relationship.

The 1 division, well - - if that's what was requested, then, that's what they get. I hope the Chinese and Indian teams have had a crash course in (surviving) getting tackled, bumped, etc.

Agreed Pool C looks for 3 out of 4 to be a ripper pool, NZ look clearly ahead in Pool A (unless it rains, heavily, which might suit the lower to the ground Japanese unit!!). Ireland, one would assume would still be well ahead of Canada (the N-W delta juniors aren't old enough yet), and PNG, gotta be clear favourites, although one would hope the Brits are developing better 'home grown' talent.

IC08 draw - 16 teams, 1 division, 4 pools
Authored by: Erik on Wednesday, July 16 2008 @ 05:01 pm ACST

Must admit that I don't think the setup is ideal. I mean if you lose one game you are more or less certain "only" to play for 5th. to 8th. spot. In 2002 and 2005 you could still make 3rd spot.
And I agree with Ian and the lot. Why travel 16.000 K (in Swedens case) only to play your next door neigbour Finland who they have played within the last month?
Surely it would be more interesting to messure your progress against other teams from around the world.

Honey?? Pass me that muffin will you?