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AFL ponders lightning carnival to kick off Cup
Authored by: Brett Northey on Saturday, February 19 2011 @ 04:14 pm ACDT

That's possible, but I'd be very surprised if any country would not give it their best shot to make division one.  I can't imagine countries like Canada or the US being happy to be Div 2 champions - I think they would be intent on trying to bust into the top 4.

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AFL ponders lightning carnival to kick off Cup
Authored by: Michael Christiansen on Saturday, February 19 2011 @ 08:03 pm ACDT

I tend to think that as the game progresses further, if it can be done, then allow something like this lightning premiership first phase could be good - - given it's probably not really realistic to expect a more formal FIFA WC style qualification process or tennis style seedings.

The chance for the 'minnows' to taste action against some of the better nations I guess it would be unfair to deny that - - however, last time around we saw the Finnish lads battling hard as they lost players from a short list anyway - getting hammered first up by a much better Canada.  The longer such a game goes on, the sorer and more likely to get injured the players of a minnow side will be.  So, limit the damage early - footy being footy, the scoreboard rarely lies - so, we know the better sides will win.   And so, come the longer format games - the sides should be more evenly matched.  These guys are amateur after all - and some are MORE amateur than others!!!!  (i.e. PNG going forward is going to be far, far more 'rounded' footballers than an IC debutant Italy/Germany or TImor).

Although, looking at the PNG v Nauru game in 2008, up to half time a ripper of a game but PNG pulled away with better fitness in the 2nd half.  So, you might get the odd upset in a shorter game. 

.....Daniel Harris put the Suns in front early days.  GWS got smashed by 79.

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