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Round 2 of IC08 promises some tight contests
Authored by: Fiona Austen on Thursday, August 28 2008 @ 08:02 pm ACST

Great comments and brave tipping!

Firstly congrats on all the work you and your team are putting in, giving us the best coverage of the cup anywhere!
Miles better than the Telstra owned official AFL website, and having just watched a rather short segment on FoxTel's AFL Teams, I'm glad that someone is taking the International Cup seriously.

Now down to the important business of tips for round two.

I think if the weather is OK Ireland may win by more than 150 points, sorry Icebreakers.
USA as you say over China, who will need to stay brave and enjoy the Cup experience as a whole, rather than worry too much about individual results.
Great Britain to get home over Nauru by 2 goals in, as you say Brett "a real cracker".
PNG to run rings around a valiant Peace Team, show 'em some moves Dipper.
Japan over Samoa because my Grandfather was born there and for other reasons the Samurai's are my sentimental favourite, but hard to call as Samoa may play the sumo card well against the fleet footed boys from Nippon.
Kiwi's too easily against India who may wish that they had stuck to cricket; but be brave and think of an Indian national Aussie Rules league playing in conjunction with the Cricket leagues (my crazy prediction of the day is that India will spawn the first semi/fully -pro league outside of Australia) Just being in this Indian team may in future mean more back home than the boys could possibly imagine.
Northwind to blow the Elks off the road, the lads from the home of ABBA may just have to think of the Monday game against Finland to savour some joy.
And finally my hot tip for overall Cup glory, South Africa should continue to impress and I think some AFL recruitment officers may be seen making the trip down the Geelong road. I trust that both of these teams will be back at Docklands Dome Saturday night for the parade of nations and to see Buddy get his 100!

Round 2 of IC08 promises some tight contests
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, August 28 2008 @ 09:16 pm ACST

Thanks Fiona, much appreciated. But a word of advice - don't be too keen or we'll be coming after you to sign you up as another volunteer writer!

Ian, correction made. Don't know how that happened - came back and read your comment and thought surely I didn't say that, yet it rung a bell that I had. Don't believe anything I say by the end of round 5 (people, I'm joking).

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN

Round 2 of IC08 promises some tight contests
Authored by: Ash Nugent on Thursday, August 28 2008 @ 10:23 pm ACST

I believe TD is a sell out for the Fev vs Buddy shootout - a great atmosphere for the Parade of Nations. I was lucky enough to be in the crowd for a previous parade (shockingly I can't recall if it was 2002 or 2005). I was a fan of international footy at the time, although it was pure coincidence that I was at the game at which they held the parade.

My predictions for tomorrow:
Ireland by 75
USA by 90
Great Britain by 12
PNG by 60
Samoa by 12
New Zealand by 120
Canada by 60
South Africa by 36