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Mozzies at last in MCG thriller
Authored by: Sean Finlayson on Monday, September 08 2008 @ 08:54 am ACST

I'd have to agree with BomberMike, besides the "Buddy" factor, I found the PNG vs NZ final to be more entertaining than the Hawks vs Dogs. The passion that was on display was watered down only by a little bit of "professionalism" from NZ and some confusing umpiring decisions. The few people that were there early were getting right into it, many of them were still suprised that footy is played internationally and not just by expats and by the quality of footy on display. Although the AFL has improved its exposure through its website, realistically it sill has a long way to go in making this tournament work.

Mozzies at last in MCG thriller
Authored by: Brett Northey on Monday, September 08 2008 @ 12:08 pm ACST

It depends on your definition of making the tournament work - ask just about any country official or player and they'll say it already works. Yes bigger crowds would be good, and maybe there's some umpiring issues which we might discuss later once the dust has settled, but overall the vibe was that it was a great success.

I'm curious, did you go to the Grand Final or any other matches?

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