WCC points system- afarce!

WCC points system- afarce!

Post by Chris and Bar » Tue, 17 Jun 1997 04:00:00


Did I hear right! That the top 4 teams from the southern and top four from
the northern hemishere will make the finals.
If this is the case what is the point of playing all these games and
travelling all those kilometres to find that while you may have won more
games than another team you are not in the final because of your geographic
location.
Sheesh! Who thought this up. Doesn't make for large crowds or television
audiences not to have the best playing in the finals. And if teams are
losers but still in the final that will not make them competitive or for
tense close games.
If they want different hemispheres in the finals for global marketing then
each has to run its own comp and the top teams in the finals from there. If
they wish to find the best world club then the best teams need to be in the
finals not an equal division from each group.
Maybe they need to look at a points system similiar to Rugby S12. 4=win and
bonus points for 4+ tries, or being within 7 points of opposition. At least
then teams will keep fighting and playing until the final whistle.
This year in S12 8 teams still had a chance of making the finals with two
rounds to play and 6 in the final round. Interest was high in all areas
until the final round.
--
Chris Duckworth
The best thing about failing is that it makes nobody jealous.

 
 
 

WCC points system- afarce!

Post by Richard Gallagh » Tue, 17 Jun 1997 04:00:00


Quote:
>Did I hear right! That the top 4 teams from the southern and top four from
>the northern hemishere will make the finals.

Basically that is right, it is a little bit more complex than that.
But basically the quater-finals will consist of the top 4 northern
teams paired up against the top 4 southern teams.  But there is no
guarantee of nationality for semi-finals or the grand final.

Quote:
>If this is the case what is the point of playing all these games and
>travelling all those kilometres to find that while you may have won more
>games than another team you are not in the final because of your geographic
>location.

The format of this years WCC is rarely just to give the players (and
the fans) a reward for sticking with Super League through the hard
times and for Super League to thumb there noses at the ARL.
Originally only the top 4 teams from North and South hemispheres were
to play each other .

Quote:
>Sheesh! Who thought this up. Doesn't make for large crowds or television
>audiences not to have the best playing in the finals. And if teams are
>losers but still in the final that will not make them competitive or for
>tense close games.

I reckon they would get more people going to and watching the WCC
quarter finals when there are teams from different hemispheres
playing.  I would be more likely to watch a quarter final between say
Canberra and Bradford than a quarter final between Canberra and
Penrith.

Quote:
>If they want different hemispheres in the finals for global marketing then
>each has to run its own comp and the top teams in the finals from there. If
>they wish to find the best world club then the best teams need to be in the
>finals not an equal division from each group.

That is what was originally planed would happen this year and is
lalmost definitely what will happen next year.

Quote:
>Maybe they need to look at a points system similiar to Rugby S12. 4=win and
>bonus points for 4+ tries, or being within 7 points of opposition. At least

They considered doing such things, but the setup already complicated
enough.

Quote:
>then teams will keep fighting and playing until the final whistle.
>This year in S12 8 teams still had a chance of making the finals with two
>rounds to play and 6 in the final round. Interest was high in all areas
>until the final round.

The for/against points for each team will come into play at the end if
two or more teams are level.  Given the results so far, the odds of
teams being level is reasonably high so teams have an incentive to win
by a big margin and if the lose then by as smaller margin as possible.

--
Richard Gallagher

http://www.wave.co.nz/pages/rhg/richard/