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IC08 Live Scores - Round 1 - Royal Park, Melbourne
Authored by: Brett Northey on Wednesday, August 27 2008 @ 06:46 pm ACST

Excellent points there. In our sport the margin does generally reflect the difference in sides, and even sides in the same league that are really on the same kind of scale can have blow outs. Brian Dixon made a good point to the Chinese players along those lines, but that will probably be mentioned in the match report later.

But Ian is right, there's some painful scores set to come in the next two rounds. It was a difficult situations - those middle ranked teams wanted a chance to win the Cup, so a two division split would've been tough. Certainly it does emphasise that this must be the last time all teams are in together.

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IC08 Live Scores - Round 1 - Royal Park, Melbourne
Authored by: Mudgee on Wednesday, August 27 2008 @ 07:23 pm ACST


Leaving aside the question of how the IC competition looks, I guess the interesting thing is how do teams react to these sorts of defeats? And does it help the development of the game in those countries?

Would a team develop positively after such a defeat (via the experience of competing against a far stronger team) or would they react negatively, perhaps losing enthusiasm? Usually in a regular season you might only suffer one such defeat. But if you come out of this tournament having 3 such defeats in 3 games?

IC08 Live Scores - Round 1 - Royal Park, Melbourne
Authored by: Aaron Richard on Wednesday, August 27 2008 @ 07:48 pm ACST

The Chinese looked like they would take the experience as a positive, but it's
a tough call. You'd probably expect them to come away from the
tournament with 3 big losses, and maybe 2 competitive games.

Once this tournament is over we can all look at it with the benefit of
hindsight.

I think in future there will have to be multiple divisions for the comp - I felt
when they made the announcement that there'd only be one division that the
big thrashings in the pool games wouldn't be good for the new sides. But
like I said, I guess we have to wait and see what the feedback is after the
tournament.