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IC11 Grand Final - Ireland\'s Double Glory
Authored by: Stephen Alomes on Saturday, August 27 2011 @ 05:34 pm ACST

It struck me that like last year's final it was a top game of football.

It also proved that running teams are the way to go, aided by strong marking. Until the Irish started to play on and move the ball in the second half they struggled.

When they did - and put pressure on PNG which was stronger bodily pressure than in earlier matches - they dented the Mosquitoes' confidence, and suddenly their running game ran out of puff.

It would have been good if the match had begun at 12.00 and the AFL teams warm up happened at half-time, rather than the final starting in an almost empty stadium at 11.20 (I counted 35 people in the top deck of the Great Southern Stand at the start of the second quarter).

It is not rocket science to rejig this, and as fans are crying out for curtain-raisers, the AFL and the MCC/MCG could easily implement it, even if it meant shorter quarters in curtain-raisers.

Despite this problem, the final was a great culmination to a very well-organised and top class tournament, complemented by the Parade of Nations at half-time in the AFL match between Hawthorn and the Western Bulldogs.

PS I would appreciate a translation of Cam's lists - I can't understand how B division teams are seemingly ahead of A division teams or is that just the way it looks on the page.


Stephen Alomes
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IC11 Grand Final - Ireland\\\'s Double Glory
Authored by: Cam Homes on Sunday, August 28 2011 @ 11:43 am ACST


The only 1st Division team ranked lower than this years 2nd Division teams is Japan who has a 5-19 win-loss record and even if we only go back to 2005 their win-loss ratio is 5-12 whereas Peace Team and China only moved into the ranks mid IC 2011 have 4-7 and 3-8 win-loss ratios respectively. Japan started the IC with less rating points than either Peace Team and China and their win loss record in the IC was no better than those two teams.

It is also very important to look at the Rating Points of each nation as well as the Rank. Denmark with 37.06 is only separated from Canada  with 37.82 by 0.76 Rating points and there are two nations, Germany and Sweden in between. As Brett stated, one win by any of these teams would see them leap frog over the others.

The system does have a traffic jam at around  37 rating points and that is because the system is still evolving, and yes, we had Four nations join the Full Ranks during the IC.

For a better understanding of how the system works do read the explanation as Brett suggested.

Keep on kicking!


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