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Feature Article: Melbourne in pole position for IC11
Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, May 10 2009 @ 11:31 pm ACST

I like your enthusiasm Tinka, but being the full Australian amateur side, the scores would most likely be embarassing to the point that it could undermine any media coverage - very hard to trumpet the success of the sport or parade the champion team if the world then gets smashed by 200 points. So it really needs to be handled delicately I think. Hence I reckon start with a test game.

The whole world team vs an Australian side after the tournament as a major showcase doesn't really work for me, in that it really would be a problem to get the best players, as decided at the end, to stay on for a couple of extra days. And they will be very fatigued and never have played together, perhaps not even speaking the same language. So to put them against a fresh Australian side would be setting them up for a fall.

I don't mind some kind of exhibition of young talent at the end, but really I reckon a test case needs to be done with the aim of a restricted Aussie side playing the full tournament.

Brett Northey - Co-founder and Chief Editor of WFN