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Which nation at the 2005 IC was most improved on its 2002 form?

1/1: Which nation at the 2005 IC was most improved on its 2002 form?

Papua New Guinea 14 (6.60%)
New Zealand 43 (20.28%)
Great Britain 12 (5.66%)
Ireland 10 (4.72%)
United States 72 (33.96%)
Canada 17 (8.02%)
Samoa 9 (4.25%)
Japan 14 (6.60%)
South Africa 21 (9.91%)
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Which nation at the 2005 IC was most improved on its 2002 form?
Authored by: spike23 on Saturday, September 03 2005 @ 12:57 PM ACST

Canada had by far the hardest draw of any of the nations. If you average out the past seedings of the nations faced by New Zealand and Canada, New Zealand faced teams with average seeding of 7.5 and Canada faced teams with an average seeding of 3.5. In 2008 the AFL must be more balanced on the draw to give each team an equal chance. The under current of bias for favored nations that comes from the AFL has to stop or the IC will lose its credibility.

Which nation at the 2005 IC was most improved on its 2002 form?
Authored by: Brett Northey on Sunday, September 04 2005 @ 02:20 AM ACST

Although in part the point of seeding is that higher teams don't face each other too much in the preliminary rounds. If lower teams are good enough they'll beat a higher team and raise their seeding. And the draw was heavily mucked around by Nauru's late withdrawal. Although I have sympathy for Canada's draw, I don't think they really showed they were good enough to finish much higher. They were also hurt by loss of players just before the tournament started. Looking through where everyone finished, I think it was a reasonably fair reflection of how the teams played. I think everyone agreed that the best 4 teams finished top 4. Nevertheless, Canada were a bit hard done by.


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