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Feature Article: Melbourne in pole position for IC11
Authored by: Joel Adin Porretta on Sunday, May 10 2009 @ 01:43 pm ACST

Here's some ideas. If the International Cup was played outside of Australia why not have it in a country where it is highly popular. It's the second most popular sport in PNG and if the IC was played there it would increase the popularity of the game even further there and maybe even give rugby a run for it's money. Second if there was an Australian side there they should be called the Australian Amateurs and be made up of VAFA players. And last of all there should maybe even be qualifiyers to keep the blowouts minimal, see countries like Germany and France ect play and even see how England, Scotland and Wales go on their own.

Feature Article: Melbourne in pole position for IC11
Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, May 10 2009 @ 06:50 pm ACST

It wouldn't be Australian Amateurs if it was just VAFA players. That's something I feel pretty strongly about - if there is to be some kind of team representing Australia, whatever criteria is used, such as amateur under 19, it simply must be drawn from across Australia otherwise it should not bear an Australian name. My gut feeling is that there will not be an Aussie team in the main competition - hopefully I'm wrong.

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Feature Article: Melbourne in pole position for IC11
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Sunday, May 10 2009 @ 07:54 pm ACST

Last year we saw the Australian Amatuers (AAFC) team head off to Ireland and I think they played all IR games.

So, it's not unprecedented having an Aust Amos rep team going OS.

Feature Article: Melbourne in pole position for IC11
Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, May 10 2009 @ 08:38 pm ACST


Absolutely. It was drawn from Vic, SA, WA and Tassie.

Australian Amateurs Under 23 tour of Ireland

But it would be too good for IC11 - okay if they win, but not if they smash even the top teams. Which is why I'd like to see an All-Australian Amateur U19 side, so basically 18 year old players from the amateur leagues, play a match against PNG. If that is competitive then look at including such a side in IC11. It will be reduced by who is and isn't available, but I think it would be a worthwhile first step. Who knows, maybe IC14 then has an Amateur U20s. But by then we run into a separate issue - the best internationals will be in the AFL and unavailable, so artificially limiting the quality of international sides.


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Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN