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Feature Article: Melbourne in pole position for IC11
Authored by: Seth McElvaney on Wednesday, May 13 2009 @ 12:44 am ACST

Brett, that's a pretty good idea. I like it.

With the talk above about the World Cup in soccer, I was reminded of the fact that there is no UK soccer team. Someone told me it was done that way because in the early years the UK would have been too strong and dominant of a team and so they split the UK in to the Home Nations. But I found that the associations in England, Scotland, Wales, etc developed separately (as did the state leagues of Aussie Rules). The secondary effect was that UK teams did not dominate.

So, what about having separate amateur state teams in the IC? PNG v. NSW. That should be a good match. You would have the prospect of foreign teams beating Aussie teams and at the same time draw the focus of all of Australia as folks would be interested in how their state or territory went. It might get the AFL interested in brining State of Origin back.

my 2 c

Seth

Feature Article: Melbourne in pole position for IC11
Authored by: Joel Adin Porretta on Wednesday, May 13 2009 @ 10:39 am ACST

That sounds alright. In the the first Australasian Football Carnival back in 1908 New Zealand beat 2 states (NSW by 1 point and Queensland by 35 points).

Feature Article: Melbourne in pole position for IC11
Authored by: Seth McElvaney on Thursday, May 14 2009 @ 08:59 am ACST

And to add on, if there was a real desire for a team from all of Australia, then that could be when you get an all-star team from the States and Territories v. an all-star team from the rest of the world.
In that set up all the players have about the same amount of fatigue, but would probably enjoy the game nevertheless.

I guess I'm up to 4 cents now.

Seth