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Postby Sarzonia » Wed Nov 10, 2021 9:08 am

When you're a defending champion in a sport and you've won two of the three titles competed for in the history of a sport, success looks different for you than it does for just about anyone else.

Sure, the Sarzonian national Aussie Rules Football team won handily in defeating The Islamic Caliphate of The Balkans 222-24, and it's true the result all but places Sarzonia into the quarterfinals directly with a match against Kriegiersien still in the offing. But manager Katie Sampson said she was disappointed with her team's effort.

"We got off to a piss poor start," she said, pointing to the first quarter when The Caliphate scored two of their four goals in the match and only trailed 15-12 after the first stanza. Sarzonia led by 34-18 at halftime and only allowed a single second half goal to the debutant team in the sweeping win, but Sampson said she was disappointed with how the team began the match.

"We have high standards for playing this code of football," she said. "Quite frankly, we didn't meet those standards. If we play like this against Kriegiersien, we'll be in trouble."

Sampson refused to admit it, but a couple of observers said she was looking for something, anything to harp on to demand continued excellence from her team. At 2-0-0, the Stars would qualify directly as Group 1 champions with a win or a draw, even if the result weren't the fluid, strong result Sarzonia would want against Kriegiersien. The team also have played with impressive form, and their closer-than-expected victory against the other debutant team in Group 1, Soldera, now looks better as that team crushed Kriegiersien 170-66. Sampson said she hadn't watched that result.

"I've been too busy focusing on my side to worry about that other match," she said. Publicly, she was focused squarely on making sure the Stars didn't slip up against a team that have quietly gone about their business, even though it's been futile thus far. Privately, she and assistant manager Corey Sands watched the Kriegiersien-Soldera match and her eyes widened when she saw how badly Soldera defeated the eighth ranked team in the Aussie Rules Football multiverse.

"If I didn't see it, I wouldn't have believed it," she told Sands after the graphic flashed the result. The one team expected to seriously threaten for a spot in the knockout rounds, and even potentially give Sarzonia a challenge for the group title was on the wrong end of an absolute drubbing. A team that looked like they didn't even know each other's names one day was now looking like the experienced unit two days later. It was Kriegiersien who were searching for answers, and instead of Soldera hoping they'd somehow close out their group stage with a victory and some pride to take back home to Soldera, they were looking at having to extend their hotel reservations for a couple of days at least.

At her press conference when asked about the Solderan victory, she shook her head.

"I guess when you've had a chance to play together, you can get good results," she said. "This tournament is still in its early enough stages where a new team can still make a huge impact. We're not here to take anyone lightly." Sampson said she wasn't looking ahead at all to the quarterfinals.

"We haven't qualified for anything just yet," she said. "There will be no scoreboard-watching on Matchday 3. We're going to have to work our arses off to beat Kriegiersien." Even with a combined 22-3 overall record across four World Cups, Sampson still draws motivation for herself and her charges anywhere she can find it.

Perhaps that's why she has such a gaudy record despite the sport only being a niche offering whilst her team face opponents for whom it's a passion.
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Postby The Alani » Thu Nov 11, 2021 9:59 pm

Matchday Three.

Group 1.

Soldera 19.24.138 def. The Islamic Caliphate of the Balkans 4.4.28
Sarzonia 24.32.176 def. Kriegiersien 2.4.16

*                                          Pld   W  D  L   PF  PA  PD  Pts 
1 Sarzonia 3 3 0 0 530 80 +450 12
2 Soldera 3 2 0 1 348 226 +122 8
3 Kriegiersien 3 1 0 2 252 422 −170 4
4 The Islamic Caliphate of the Balkans 3 0 0 3 128 530 −402 0


Group 2.

Copper Cuprum 16.10.106 def. by StrayaRoos 19.6.120
Hebitaka 11.7.73 def. by Baggieland 11.24.90

*                       Pld   W  D  L   PF  PA  PD  Pts 
1 Baggieland 3 3 0 0 395 145 +250 12
2 Hebitaka 3 2 0 1 301 184 +117 8
3 StrayaRoos 3 1 0 2 196 387 −191 4
4 Copper Cuprum 3 0 0 3 196 372 −176 0


Group 3.

StrayaRoos Barrier Islands 4.2.26 def. by The Alani 30.17.197
Sylestone 15.10.100 def. HUElavia 12.14.86

*                                Pld   W  D  L   PF  PA  PD  Pts 
1 Sylestone 3 3 0 0 327 226 +101 12
2 HUElavia 3 2 0 1 356 217 +139 8
3 The Alani 3 1 0 2 394 276 +118 4
4 StrayaRoos Barrier Islands 3 0 0 3 86 444 −358 0


Group 4.

Illahee 11.6.72 def. by TJUN-ia 20.14.134
Ko-oren 16.16.112 def. Alice Bay 12.18.90

*                       Pld   W  D  L   PF  PA  PD  Pts 
1 TJUN-ia 3 3 0 0 375 203 +172 12
2 Ko-oren 3 2 0 1 277 307 −30 8
3 Illahee 3 1 0 2 241 347 −106 4
4 Alice Bay 3 0 0 3 269 305 −36 0

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Postby The Alani » Thu Nov 11, 2021 10:04 pm

Quarter finals.

Sarzonia vs Hebitaka @ Amphitheatre 2

Baggieland vs Soldera @ Amphitheatre 1

Sylestone vs Ko-oren @ Amphitheatre 3

TJUN-ia vs HUElavia @ Amphitheatre 4

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Postby TJUN-ia » Fri Nov 12, 2021 6:04 am

After the most surprising Aussie Rules demolition of them all against Ko-oren, many back home didn't know what to think. On one hand, the way that David Scott's Jaguars played against the Eagles was simply imperious and a sure sign that the project was working very well for TJUN-ia. But on the other hand, doing that to a former Top 4 team like Ko-oren felt a bit...wrong, you know? Now, we had to secure our spot in the playoffs one way or another and so, that had to come against a debuting Illahee Thunderbirds team that beat Alice Bay in the other fixture on MD2.

Adam Russell and his Thunderbirds certainly have potential if they can come back next time and they certainly showed that off today with the 72 points they managed in this game. Dylan Kent was certainly a nuisance to deal with throughout this game and his 4 goals and 2 behinds were certainly good numbers for a good player. As for us, we weren't as prolific as against the Eagles but we didn't need to be. 134 points are still a lot and that shouldn't be taken away at all, with Hamish McWillson-Pakatawa of all people getting the biggest total of 26 tonight. That was certainly a surprise, but the scoreline was not as the Jags went to 3-0 ahead of the Finals! Now PLAY THE MUSIC!

THE CALL
The Jaguars are here to win it all,
For TJUN-ia, we'll play for all!
Our flag is raised, Orange and Blue,
And we all know just what to do!
We'll fight, fight, fight and we'll win, win, win
Until the flag is ours to win!
So come aboard and sing, sing, sing
FOR THE JAGUARS ARE HERE TO WIN!


The QFs will certainly be an interesting affair, with an unranked Soldera making the party and everyone else was here as expected. Our QF will be up against #6 HUElavia and with a return to the Semis on the line, we have to be at our very best in this one. GO JAGS!


SCHEDULE (Group 4, all games at the Maghas Amphitheatres, Maghas, The Alani)
MD1: vs Alice Bay (9) - Amphitheatre 2 W 14.12.96 def. 12.13.85 (2nd)
MD2: vs Ko-oren (5) - Amphitheatre 2 W 22.13.145 def. 6.10.46 (1st)
MD3: vs Illahee (UR) - Amphitheatre 3 W 20.14.134 def. 11.6.72 (1st/3-0/12pts/+172PD)
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QF: vs HUElavia (6) - Amphitheatre 4
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2nd: NSCF24, ARWC4, WC:TOTS, IBC34, NSCF26, IBS17
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4th: WBC50, IBC31, WBC52, IBC33, RLWC20
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Postby Ko-oren » Fri Nov 12, 2021 7:43 am

As we've come to expect from the Aussie Rules World Cup, better teams very rarely get upset by smaller teams. The top four going into the tournament are the ones who won their group, as 5th placed Ko-oren failed to susprise 4th placed TJUN-ia (145 to 46), HUElavia had a shot at Sylestone but it wasn't enough (Sylestone's 100 versus HUElavia's 86), and Hebitaka couldn't get the better of Baggieland (90 v 73). Sarzonia's pot two team was Kriegiersien, who themselves were overtaken by Soldera - that's really the only surprise in the quarterfinals. The Kriegiersien-Sarzonia game was 176-16, reminiscent of a lot of the top 8 versus bottom 8 group stage games. The Alani scored 197 over StrayaRoos BI. Baggieland won by 117 over Copper Cuprum. The biggest one so far is Sarzonia's 222 to the Balkans' 24 - and that's with some accurate kicking by the latter, who ended up with four goals, no behinds.

Seven out of the eight top ranked teams at the start are in the quarterfinals, despite valiant efforts. That said, the seven that made it were heavily involved with their teams, and it's no surprise that these strong Aussie Rules scenes made it to the knockouts once again. We get Sarzonia vs Hebitaka, Baggieland vs Soldera, Sylestone vs Ko-oren, and TJUN-ia vs HUElavia, and my careful predictions say that every team named first per matchup is going to the semifinals. The Dragonfl Eagles will need a fantastic day to get a win over Sylestone, and then you still need to get lucky once or twice to make a case for going up a few ranks.

The third group stage game for the Eagles was a somewhat close affair with Alice Bay, who end up with no wins to our surprise. The first two quarters were theirs, stringing together marks and inside-50s, but thankfully their aim was off (or maybe they just liked to kick early) as a lot of their longer range shots went 'wide' for a single point. They got the necessary amount of goals in there as well, but from the third quarter on our followers managed to disrupt their buildup. yWenenys got a few intercept marks in, Yarragee was vital in slowing down the handball parades straight through the middle of the field, and Lawarjarro was never far away to collect a loose ball and pass it off to a winger. Ko-oren went over the sides more often than not, yGwllcwl and Minrong both had the legs to charge up and down all day thankfully. Trutman and Girault had plenty to do, either going for goal themselves or trying to set up a forward pocket (usually Wanbin). Minrong ended with the most disposals of the team, Curramback got the most marks in enemy territory. Curramback scored 4 on the day, Wanbin got 3, and the rest was mostly spread around the team fairly well. We should have some confidence going into the knockouts - this could really be the year we make a run for the final!




Let's look at the second of the two Southern Rules regions, Mawryshire!

Mawryshire is larger than you'd expect: most seem to overlook it as it's neatly tucked away in the southwest. It's third in size, and ninth in population (which is also a lot larger than most want to give it credit for), but as a result it's quite empty (25th in population density). Of the population of one million, a little over half lives in either Mawrystwyth (the largest city) or Llandy (with most regional services). Mawryshire is a long and narrow peninsula, open to nature's (and especially the weather's) influences, as it's among the rainiest and windiest places of the archipelago.

The subdivision is home to a lot of cattle on its green, rolling hills, and makes a decent part of its money off agriculture, as well as fishing and tourism. Historically, it was overlooked by the capitals, and at the time it was made part of Ko-oren, it had a small to negligable population, and the peninsula was of very limited strategic importance. More has always happened to our east than to our west. Nowadays, much like the northeast, it's a place of retreat for some (though unlike the northeast, in slightly warmer weather).

They are proud of their sports, even having a pro league gridiron team in its borders, the Mawryshire Centaurs. Gridiron is easily the second largest league/sport (behind soccer), so that's quite something. They love their cricket as well, knowing that the conditions can put off visiting teams, and relying on spinning more than the other regions. Rugby union is strong as well, with both the Llandy Bulls and the Mawrystwyth Phoenix enjoying one of the fiercest rivalries in the country. Beyond that, Southern Rules football has a club in most towns, as does cricket, and their popularity works well together, field-wise. Kids grow up with either Southern Rules/Cricket as a combo or with rugby union (or soccer, or gridiron, which are popular everywhere).

The governor for Mawryshire is always a local figure who speaks the local language and stresses the spirit of the region as well as the necessity to work together with nearby regions (Leeshire, West Strand Riding, the Domains, and the Springlands). They have little regard for national issues, let alone international ones.
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Postby Sarzonia » Fri Nov 12, 2021 12:05 pm

Before the fourth Aussie Rules World Cup began and the four-team groups were announced, some pundits would have pointed to the matchup between the Sarzonian national Aussie Rules Football team and Kriegiersien as a potential battel for the group title.

What they'd get instead was a dominating performance as defending champion and No. 1 ranked Sarzonia rolled Kriegiersien 176-16, a result that eliminated the eighth ranked team in the Aussie Rules-playing multiverse and sent through a debutant Soldera, which beat their fellow newcomers in Group 1 by a 138-28 margin. The Snakes will face what they'd likely consider a quick exit from the knockout rounds as they face perennial powers and Aussie Rules Football pioneers Baggieland in the quarterfinals.

Meanwhile, Sarzonia will face Hebitaka for the second consecutive World Cup. The Stars demolished Hebitaka, whose media referred to Sarzonia as "terror" in their preview of the semifinal, which the Stars won 186-46. The Stars went on to defeat Sylestone in the final 114-76 in a match that many expected to be much closer than it was.

Stars manager Katie Sampson said she was focusing squarely on what the team had to do to beat Hebitaka, and decided they'd let anything else happen as it needed to.

"You can only play the matches that are in front of you," she said. "Nothing else matters if you can't win the matches you need to," she said, discounting her own 23-3 career record, two World Cup titles and bronze medal as Sarzonia manager since the Aussie Rules World Cup began. "We take nothing for granted."

Even a potential semifinal clash with Baggieland in what's quickly turned into one of the fiercest rivalries in this code?

"Especially not that," she said. "Soldera have proven to be a good team in their own right. Any team that doesn't prepare for them will get a rude awakening."
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Postby Soldera » Fri Nov 12, 2021 12:19 pm

A hastily-assembled side thrown together almost on a lark. A collection of players who didn't even know each other's names. A country that had scarcely even heard of the sport of Aussie Rules Football.

Soldera checked off all those boxes. And yet, the quarterfinals would see the newcomer Snakes join seven experienced sides among the eight teams in the quarterfinals of the fourth Aussie Rules Football World Cup.

Soldera would get there courtesy of an easy victory over fellow debutant nation The Islamic Caliphate of The Balkans, a 138-28 result that gave the Snakes a 2-0-1 record with only a loss against No. 1 ranked defending champions Sarzonia in their first-ever match preventing them from winning the group and earning a more favorable draw. George Calvin would likely get a lot of credit for quickly turning his team from one that didn't know each other's names into a unit that played more experienced than it really was. However, Calvin deflected any praise to his players.

"These players worked their asses off," he said. "They bought into what we were trying to do. It made my job a lot easier."

The turning point for Soldera's World Cup experience was their shocking upset of Kriegiersien, not just in beating the eighth ranked team in the multiverse, but also in how easily they managed to knock off Kriegiersien. They knocked off their more experienced opponents 170-66 and suddenly found themselves in position to qualify with a win over The Islamic Caliphate. Publicly, Calvin and his charges said all the right things about focusing on the match at hand and not buying into pressure, but privately, they knew the chances that Kriegiersien would defeat the Stars was "basically nil."

"We knew we'd make it if we won," said right full back John Tolliver. "No disrespect to Kriegiersien, but Sarzonia are on a completely other level from pretty much every team except the other two members of the "big three."

Now that Soldera are about to face one of the so-called big three, what do the team think of their chances to pull off an upset and qualify for the semifinals -- and a potential rematch with Sarzonia?

"We're going to fight as hard as we can to get a result," centre right wing Keiana Briggs said. "We're not approaching this as an automatic defeat, but we also know [Baggieland] are one of the true elites in this sport. They have the training facilities. They have the sporting infrastructure. They have the players. They have the management. We know we're facing impossible odds, but we've faced them to get here."

Even if Soldera can't pull off the monumental upset of Baggieland, the fact that Soldera are even in the quarterfinals as Group 1 runners up bodes well for the potential establishment of Aussie Rules Football infrastructure in the country.

"Success breeds success," Calvin said. "We're looking to build on what we've done here so far."
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Postby Sylestone » Sat Nov 13, 2021 3:31 pm

Why Sylestone will not make it past the semifinals


MAGHAS, THE ALANI - For the fourth time in four Aussie Rules World Cups, Sylestone’s Hawthorns have completed a perfect group stage, continuing their reign at the very top of their game. With three victories in a row, everything seems set for yet another run deep into the competition; taking everyone down in their path before finally coming across the likes of Sarzonia or Baggieland in the semifinals or final. The stage seems set for yet another typical Aussie Rules World Cup.

But hold up right there. This is where we ask ourselves: Is this a typical ARWC? Going off the group stage tables, with the top four (Sarzonia, Sylestone, Baggieland and TJUN-ia) all maintained perfect group stages, we can say for sure that yes, it will be. But once you delve deeper into the results themselves, you get the sense that things aren’t quite right.

Out of the top four, one nation really stands out. Which one? Look at the title.

In their first match, the Hawthorns adequately disposed of the StrayaRoos Barrier Islands but despite only allowing four goals and four behinds in, just could not score. For Sylestone, a whopping 43 shots were kicked through the posts and on a normal day for the national Aussie Rules team, that would equate to at least 25-30 of them being goals.

But not on this day. Out of those 43 successful shots, only ten managed to find their way through the two middle posts. The remaining 33 were all classified as behinds. With the team ever so slightly beginning to age, was this the first signs of a new, not-so-dominant, era of Sylestonean Aussie Rules football?

It appeared so. On matchday two, up against the hosts in Amphitheatre 1, the Hawthorns were able to come out on top despite The Alani putting up a tough challenge, with much of the play centring around the midfield. After hours upon hours of gruelling training following their goalscoring shitshow against the StrayaRoos Barrier Islands, the Sylestoneans were able to score the full six points from 21 of their 29 successful shots, racking up 134 points in total. However, The Alani very nearly matched them, with 18 of their 22 shots also scoring six points, much to the delight of a capacity home crowd. Yet, the sheer experience the second-ranked side in the world possessed was good enough to take out the points, qualifying for the quarterfinals with a 134-112 win, alongside HUElavia. Coming off a huge win over the StrayaRoos Barrier Islands, the pre-tournament underdogs actually seemed to be the form team of the group. The only question that remained was whether they’d be good enough to overcome the experience of Sylestone. Could they?

Not quite. The HUElavians came close, but in the end, despite having one more successful scoring shot than the Hawthorns, Sylestone were simply too good. Despite not having as good a conversion rate as they had in the game against The Alani, with only 60% of shots going between the two middle posts, it was still good enough. Sylestone had their third underwhelming win of the tournament, 100-86, and were now up against Ko-oren in what appeared to be an entertaining quarterfinal matchup.

Like Sylestone, the Eagles (no, not Dragonflies) were also playing far from their best this tournament. Despite winning their first game against Illahee fairly convincingly, they then suffered a whopping, 145-46 loss to rivals TJUN-ia, being completely outclassed by one of the advancing teams in the sport, one of whom who had still not managed to participate in a final as of yet, with all three thus far containing only three teams, with two berths each to Sarzonia, Sylestone and Baggieland, setting up a must-win acth against Alice Bay. but despite being faced with a scare, the Ko-orenites were able to pull it off, securing themselves in the knockouts for the fourth consecutive time.

Now, onto the point of the article. We’ve analysed the underwhelming performances of the Hawthorns this Aussie Rules World Cup and despite the Ko-orenites also not looking crash hot, this match may be the end of the road. If the Eagles can play up to their capabilities, then unless Sylestone can do the same, a quarterfinal loss seems on the cards. And even if the Hawthorns do win, coming up against TJUN-ia in the semifinal seems more than likely and if they can continue their superb form, the Hawthorns do not stand a chance.

And that, readers, is why Sylestone will not be making it to their third consecutive Aussie Rules final.
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Postby The Alani » Sat Nov 13, 2021 9:54 pm

Quarter Finals

Match A.

Sarzonia 14.18.102 def. Hebitaka 6.13.49

*Match B.

Baggieland 12.29.101 def. Soldera 6.9.45

*This match was scorinated by Sylestone.

Match C.

Sylestone 13.18.96 def. by Ko-oren 14.16.100

Match D.

TJUN-ia 19.15.129 def. HUElavia 13.12.90

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Postby The Alani » Sat Nov 13, 2021 9:58 pm

Semi Finals

Sarzonia vs Baggieland @ Amphitheatre 1

Ko-oren vs TJUN-ia @ Amphitheatre 2

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Footy Watch: We Just About Make...A Rematch?!

Postby TJUN-ia » Sun Nov 14, 2021 8:08 am

After a perfect 3-0 group stage that saw us score 172 more points than the opposition, the Jaguars of TJUN-ia were back in the playoffs once again - maintaining a perfect qualification record in this sport. David Scott knew that the first step towards the Eternal Goal was complete and the way he did it was surely a good sign for things to come...but he also knew that Finals Footy was the true test of his team's abilities and that here in The Alani, only gladatorial combat can declare a champion of them all. This team was gonna need to prove their worth to the Maghas Amphitheatres if they were to break the Big 3 and so, that was the task as we prepared for battle.

We would start in #4, the smallest of them all, to take on #6 HUElavia, the team who lost only to Sylestone in Group 3. This was expected to be a close contest but in the end...Alice Bay was closer than this. We won by 39 points, a true statement of the Roman Pantheon in their trusted arena. Steven Cox rallied his men into battle and in the end, he did a spectacular job as Captain once again with 2.3 on his scoresheet tonight. Logan Jackson scored 6 goals all on his own and while HUElavia's 90 was great compared with others, it was no match for our 129 and The Call played again...

THE CALL
The Jaguars are here to win it all,
For TJUN-ia, we'll play for all!
Our flag is raised, Orange and Blue,
And we all know just what to do!
We'll fight, fight, fight and we'll win, win, win
Until the flag is ours to win!
So come aboard and sing, sing, sing
FOR THE JAGUARS ARE HERE TO WIN!


We though our 2nd Semi would come against another BIg 3 team, like Sarzonia last year...but no. The Stars are playing Baggieland in #1 while at #2, we must play...Ko-oren?! Yes, the Eagles we beat by nearly a 100 points on MD2 managed to upset the apple cart and knocked off Sylestone by only 4 points - a small margin by Aussie Rules standards. They certainly did the job after what we did to them and now, it was time for Part 3 of this saga between Jaguars and Eagles. In Part 1, we beat them to reach this point for the very first time and secure Top 4 status. In Part 2, we crushed their dignity into the bowls of the earth on route to a perfect group stage. Now we must fight again and this time, it's with both potential revenge and a spot in the Grand Final up for grabs. Will Ko-oren get sweet revenge and knock us off 3 games after what we did, or will the Jaguars beat them one more time to set up a date with a Big 3 team in our first ever Grand Final? Amphitheatre 2, the same arena as MD2, holds sll the answers. Let's see what the gods have for us...GO JAGS!


SCHEDULE (Group 4, all games at the Maghas Amphitheatres, Maghas, The Alani)
MD1: vs Alice Bay (9) - Amphitheatre 2 W 14.12.96 def. 12.13.85 (2nd)
MD2: vs Ko-oren (5) - Amphitheatre 2 W 22.13.145 def. 6.10.46 (1st)
MD3: vs Illahee (UR) - Amphitheatre 3 W 20.14.134 def. 11.6.72 (1st/3-0/12pts/+172PD)
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QF: vs HUElavia (6) - Amphitheatre 4 W 19.15.129 def. 13.12.90
SF: vs Ko-oren (5) - Amphitheatre 2
1st: ECC4
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Postby Ko-oren » Sun Nov 14, 2021 9:39 am

We have four semifinalists, and Ko-oren are among them. Sylestone was favoured to win, by a small margin, and the Eagles managed the upset. Sylestonian media suggested this game would be much closer than Ko-orenite media thought it would be, citing accuracy issues, having 43 scoring shots versus the StrayaRoos Barrier Islands but only turning 10 of them into goals.

So obviously, we had a look under the hood of the four remaining teams. We came up with metrics for how many times the teams had scoring shots (goals and behinds), and how easily they got a goal instead of a behind (accuracy), as well as statistics for their opponents (total combined concede goals, behinds, and accuracy). We then contrast those numbers with how easy of a ride they have had to be able to say anything about their chances going forward. Enjoy!

Sarzonia
Soldera 5.10.40 def. by Sarzonia 17.30.132
The Islamic Caliphate of the Balkans 4.0.24 def. by Sarzonia 34.18.222
Sarzonia 24.32.176 def. Kriegiersien 2.4.16
Sarzonia 14.18.102 def. Hebitaka 6.13.49

Record: 4-0
Point percentage: 83.04
Total goals, behinds scored: 89 goals, 98 behinds (187 total scoring shots)
Total goals, behinds conceded: 17 goals, 27 behinds (44 total scoring shots)
Accuracy scored: 47.59% of scoring shots were goals
Accuracy conceded: 38.64% of opponent scoring shots were goals
Strength of Schedule: 5-4
Sarzonia, like the rest of the top 4 that survived until here, are 4-0 in the tournament (four wins, zero losses). Doing so, they completely overwhelmed their opponents by scoring 632 points in the three group stage games and the knockout (highest among remaining teams - by 128 points!!), buty also conceded the fewest (129 points, best by 61 points!!), combining for an otherworldly point percentage of 83.04. Point percentage is a quirk of Aussie Rules - they don't deal in point differential, and it's certainly a nice stat to look at. Anyhow, their accuracy was fine, not great, at 47.59%. That means that out of all of their shots that ended up between any set of goalposts, 47.59% ended up as goals - that's less than half, and you're free to wonder if they could've gone for surer shots. Surely, with the huge margins of their wins, they could have pushed down the field and converted more behinds into goals? Their opponents were tremendously bad at converting behinds into goals - not even 40% of the scoring shots they conceded went uncontested between the middle posts. There are two factors going into that: opponents knew to take shots when possible, because you might not have many, and the Sarzonian defence is good enough to keep teams out of their 50, forcing them to take more difficult shots. All in all, their low accuracy is completely remedied by the terrible accuracy by their opponents. It remains to be seen what happens versus a much more quality Baggieland side. Can they continue to force their opponents into taking low percentage shots - and will that allow them to survive another round with their own subpar accuracy?

Baggieland
Baggieland 21.20.146 def. StrayaRoos 4.6.30
Baggieland 24.15.159 def. Copper Cuprum 6.6.42
Hebitaka 11.7.73 def. by Baggieland 11.24.90
Baggieland 12.29.101 def. Soldera 6.9.45

Record: 4-0
Point percentage: 72.30
Total goals, behinds scored: 68 goals, 88 behinds (156 total scoring shots)
Total goals, behinds conceded: 27 goals, 28 behinds (55 total scoring shots)
Accuracy scored: 43.59% of scoring shots were goals
Accuracy conceded: 49.09% of opponent scoring shots were goals
Strength of Schedule: 5-4
The team hit the ground running on matchday one with two consecutive wins by over 100 points. Like Sarzonia, that pushed their point percentage way up (72.30). They had a lot of scoring shots and prevented a lot of opposing scoring shots (156-55). Unfortunately, they were awful at hitting the middle posts, with just 43.59% of their shots turning into goals. A 'fat' 56.41% of their attempts went for behinds. As we've seen, Sarzonia has been facing inaccurate teams all ARWC, so it might turn into more of the same. Baggieland allowed few scoring shots, but they did go for goals quite a bit (49.09%). They seem to match up badly to Sarzonia, playing the exact brand of footie that they combat well (taking a lot of shots, with differing success and precision). That said, they have a much better defensive record than anything Sarzonia has faced before, so if they can make the Stars take 1) fewer shots from 2) further away, we might get the offensive meltdown that sees the Stars get their first loss of the ARWC.

Prediction: Sarzonia 106-92 Baggieland

TJUN-ia
Alice Bay 12.13.85 def. by TJUN-ia 14.12.96
TJUN-ia 22.13.145 def. Ko-oren 6.10.46
Illahee 11.6.72 def. by TJUN-ia 20.14.134
TJUN-ia 19.15.129 def. HUElavia 13.12.90

Record: 4-0
Point percentage: 63.24
Total goals, behinds scored: 75 goals, 54 behinds (129 total scoring shots)
Total goals, behinds conceded: 42 goals, 41 behinds (83 total scoring shots)
Accuracy scored: 63.24% of scoring shots were goals
Accuracy conceded: 50.60% of opponent scoring shots were goals
Strength of Schedule: 5-4
TJUN-ia get a group stage rematch in their semifinal. Like the teams so far, their opponents combined for 5 wins and 4 losses - but arguably TJUN-ia had the hardest schedule so far, including Ko-oren and HUElavia in the quarterfinal - they had to play the teams ranked 5th and 6th, so the 5-4 doesn't tell all. Sarzonia had a marginally easier schedule, but Baggieland had a much easier schedule facing Soldera (unranked) in the quarters. Anyhow, with two difficult games on their slate so far, we can see the impact on their statistics. They easily outscored their opponents, but only have a point percentage of 63.24 (mind you, a point percentage under 50 means you scored less than your opponents). They are easily the most accurate team remaining, getting over 60% of their shots behind the middle posts. That means that even against quality opposition, they managed to either stay precise from afar, or leverage their fewer goalkicking opportunities into kicks from closer by for more goals. Their playstyle not only allowed them more precision, their opponents also fared better. Over half of kicks for goal disappeared for goals rather than behinds.

Ko-oren
Illahee 10.12.72 def. by Ko-oren 18.11.119
TJUN-ia 22.13.145 def. Ko-oren 6.10.46
Ko-oren 16.16.112 def. Alice Bay 12.18.90
Sylestone 13.18.96 def. by Ko-oren 14.16.100

Record: 3-1
Point percentage: 48.33
Total goals, behinds scored: 54 goals, 53 behinds (107 total scoring shots)
Total goals, behinds conceded: 57 goals, 61 behinds (118 total scoring shots)
Accuracy scored: 50.47% of scoring shots were goals
Accuracy conceded: 48.31% of opponent scoring shots were goals
Strength of Schedule: 7-2
Ko-oren, the only team to have suffered a loss in the tournament to this point, have the weakest stats of all, obviously. They were outscored in all their games so far - they lost to TJUN-ia in the group stage by 99, which the narrow wins in the other three games (including a quarterfinal win by just 4 points) couldn't fix. They have a point percentage of 48.33. The Eagles were remarkably accurate in front of goal, scoring more goals that behinds. They never allowed their opponents quality shots, keeping them well under 50% in the goal-behind conceded stat - better than TJUN-ia and Baggieland, worse than Sarzonia. The biggest change in stats is found in the Strength of Schedule line: whereas the rest went 3-0 in the group stage and then faced a runner-up, the Eagles lost in the group stage and then faced the 'perfect' Sylestone. The Eagles' opponents combined for 7 wins and just two losses. So Ko-oren has more experience with good opponents, can keep their cool for accurate goalkicking, and have displayed plenty of stability defensively. Really, if they had kept that group stage loss to, say, 40 points instead of 99 (which still would have been a massive defeat), we would've had more confidence in them. Will they get their revenge, or will it be more of the same?

Prediction: TJUN-ia 128-84 Ko-oren
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Postby Sarzonia » Sun Nov 14, 2021 11:44 am

The match was a little closer than the Sarzonian national Aussie Rules football team would have liked, but a win is a win.

That was the takeaway for Sarzonia as they looked at the post-mortem from their 102-49 victory over Hebitaka as they got set to face the team that has emerged as their biggest rival through the first three editions of the Aussie Rules World Cup in Baggieland. Sarzonia may carry a 4-0 record in this fourth edition and a 24-3 mark with two World Cup trophies and a third place finish in the first three editions, but the Stars to a person are warning against taking anything for granted.

"There are only three teams that have walked off the pitch as winners against us," manager Katie Schmidt said. "Baggieland are one of those teams," she said, reminding reporters of the team's 69-62 semifinals defeat to Baggieland in the second World Cup. That consigned the Stars to the third place playoff, where they sneaked past HUElavia 71-70. It was the only time the Stars lost a knockout round match in their history as they've gone 8-1 overall in formats where the team would be done for after a single defeat. Now, the Stars will have another trip to the finals on the line and a matchup against their fiercest rivals on the docket.

With all that, will the fact that Baggieland didn't approach Sampson about their managerial position play a factor? Sampson shook her head.

"No. I'm here and I'm happy to help build this team into what we've become," she said. "My focus is on getting us back to the top of the medal stand."

They qualified for the semifinals for the fourth consecutive time by putting the clamps on a Hebitaka side that gavc Baggieland a stern test in a 90-73 defeat that sent Baggieland through as champions and relegated Hebitaka to the matchup with the Stars. Schmidt said she watched some of that match, but wouldn't base her tactics against Baggieland solely on what Hebitaka did against them.

"Each team has their own ways of doing things," she said. "We have to matchup with Baggieland the way we do. We have to assert ourselves and play our style of footie."

Will that be enough to earn Sarzonia their fourth win from five matches against the Throstles? Or will Baggieland bring the Stars crashing to Earth like a meteorite?

That remains to be seen. But the other matches in the quarterfinals also proved interesting as Baggieland defeated Group 1 runners up Soldera 101-45, striking midnight on the clock for Soldera's Cinderfella ball. Ko-oren's Eagles soared past Sylestone 100-96, knocking out the only other team to win an Aussie Rules World Cup since the first edition hosted by Baggieland. TJUN-ia defeated HUElavia 129-90 to set up that other semifinal.

Sampson said she would watch the other semifinal only after the Stars either won or lost, and merely to scout their next opponents, whether it be for the final or the third place playoff.

"We've got enough on our plates facing Baggieland," she said.
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Cut off.

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Postby The Alani » Mon Nov 15, 2021 6:32 pm

Semi Finals

*Match E.

Sarzonia 27.4.166 def. Baggieland 10.10.70

*This match was scorinated by Sylestone.

Match F.

Ko-oren 8.8.56 def. by TJUN-ia 19.16.130

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Baggieland vs Ko-oren @ Amphitheatre 1 (1st game).

Final

Sarzonia vs TJUN-ia @ Amphitheatre 1 (2nd game).
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Postby TJUN-ia » Tue Nov 16, 2021 6:59 am

After another dominant performance saw us advance to a second SF in as many tournaments, the Jaguars of TJUN-ia were back in the Final 4 once more with the winds of change at their back. This team has been absolute dynamite ever since we made the long trek to The Alani and no matter who we've faced, unranked or otherwise, Top 5 or Top 10, we've just done our job and gotten business sorted the TJUN-ian Way: ruthless when required, but only when required. That was the philosophy David Scott instilled into all 22 of our players and that would be needed for our second battle against Ko-oren at #2. We smashed them by 99 points in the Groups and many expecting things to be a whole lot tighter in the rematch with a first-ever Grand Final spot on the line for both.

Things would be different...but not in the way we expected at all. A 99 point margin turned into 63 as we replicated our scoring performance against HUElavia with only an extra behind to our name in the end. Jack Wood was key with his 22(!) scoring assists and that helped our attackers, especially Captain Seven Cox and Harry Christoff, rack up the big numbers in the end. Even Harry Christoff, our interchange attacker, managed to get 1.4 on his tally by the end. Ko-oren weren't completely toothless in this contest, not at all, as 8.8 is still pretty good and Kagageera Wanbin was a scoring machine at times, but that was never going to be good enough against THIS Jaguars team. As the final siren sounded and The Call began to play, the gravity of this situation finally hit everyone in Blue and Orange. TJUN-ia, a team that couldn't win a Final to save their lives in the first 2 tournaments, had now reached the Grand Final itself.

THE CALL
The Jaguars are here to win it all,
For TJUN-ia, we'll play for all!
Our flag is raised, Orange and Blue,
And we all know just what to do!
We'll fight, fight, fight and we'll win, win, win
Until the flag is ours to win!
So come aboard and sing, sing, sing
FOR THE JAGUARS ARE HERE TO WIN!


This tournament of gladiators is down to 2 - 2 teams many kinda expected when the Final 4 was known. Sarzonia, oh Sarzonia, will be on the other side of Amphitheatre 1, the 2-time Champs and Defending Champs themselves. Katie Sampson's Stars are well known at this point, one of the Big 3 and a nightmare we faced in Finals before...but not here, not this late into an ARWC. The Battle between Stars and Jaguars started with THAT Game at our first Cup of Harmony...now, after all this time, The Battle shall be fought over all the marbles. The 4th ARWC is on the line in TJUN-ia's first-ever international final, we have to make it count. Will the Stars make it back-to-back on their dynasty? Or will the Jaguars come from the depths to create a New Big 3 in their image? One thing is for certain: no matter what happens, history will be made at Maghas - either the first back-to-back champion...or the 3rd Champion ever.

GO JAGS!



SCHEDULE (Group 4, all games at the Maghas Amphitheatres, Maghas, The Alani)
MD1: vs Alice Bay (9) - Amphitheatre 2 W 14.12.96 def. 12.13.85 (2nd)
MD2: vs Ko-oren (5) - Amphitheatre 2 W 22.13.145 def. 6.10.46 (1st)
MD3: vs Illahee (UR) - Amphitheatre 3 W 20.14.134 def. 11.6.72 (1st/3-0/12pts/+172PD)
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QF: vs HUElavia (6) - Amphitheatre 4 W 19.15.129 def. 13.12.90
SF: vs Ko-oren (5) - Amphitheatre 2 W 19.16.130 def. 8.8.56
GRAND FINAL: vs Sarzonia (1, Champions of ARWC1 & 3) - Amphitheatre 1
1st: ECC4
2nd: NSCF24, ARWC4, WC:TOTS, IBC34, NSCF26, IBS17
3rd: ARWC3, IBC32, ECC3
4th: WBC50, IBC31, WBC52, IBC33, RLWC20
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T2: #97 Robin Dragonovic [SNL] (3W [2 @JR])/#96 Alice Jepkosgei (2W)/#70 Gongming Gao [NCR] (2W)

WGPO: #11 Lane Carter (1W)/ #9 Batu Tüvshinbayar (WGP2 S5 Champion/1W)
NSTT: 3 S-Titles (3 RU)/2 D-Titles (2 RU)

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Postby Sarzonia » Tue Nov 16, 2021 10:34 am

It's not very often that a top ranked, top seeded defending champion approaches a match against a team it has success against feeling like they had something to prove.

And yet, that's exactly the mentality the Sarzonian national Aussie Rules Football team carried into their match against archrivals Baggieland. They were facing the Throstles with a spot in the finals on the line. They were playing to decide which team would become the first team to play in three Aussie Rules World Cup finals. They were playing a team that they knew had the match against them circled on their calendar.

Gaining a piece of history or buttressing their own legacy in the sport weren't the only motivating factors for this team, however. Several of the players pointed to the gentle criticism by Ko-orenite media of their relative inaccuracy when shooting at goal. Yes, Sarzonia scored more one-point behinds than six-pointer goals, as perhaps their one perceived weakness. It didn't matter that Ko-orenite analysis of Sarzonia's otherwise dominant play thus far pointed out that lack of accuracy was relative and pointed out how truly dominant Sarzonia were.

"That made us mad," right full forward Hal Sanchez said in an interview during pre-match warmups. "We wanted to show them we could be as accurate as they said we weren't."

Show it they did. Considering Baggieland's position as being one of the so-called "big three" in the sport, Sarzonia played arguably its most dominant performance of the current Aussie Rules World Cup and demolished the Throstles 166-70. On the match, the Stars garnered 27 goals and four behinds to Baggieland's 10 of each. There wasn't a single quarter where Baggieland held their own against a dominating Stars side. The result would emphatically provide Sarzonia a piece of history as the first team to qualify for three championship finals. They would become the third team after Baggieland (I and II) and Sylestone (II and III) to play in consecutive finals. They will aim to become the first team to win consecutive finals in the early history of the Aussie Rules World Cup and the first three-time champion.

Their opponents will be TJUN-ia, which defeated Ko-oren 130-56. The third place playoff will pit Ko-oren against Baggieland. This final will mark the debut of the Jaguars in a World Cup final against a team with experience playing in the final. However, manager Katie Sampson said the Stars were taking nothing for granted.

"People talk about a big three, but you can make a case that there's really a big four or a big five," she said. "TJUN-ia are consistently one of those teams that will challenge for a title. They beat a Ko-orenite side that knocked Sylestone out and delivered the Hawthorns their third loss in their history."

That may be, but Sarzonia's dominance in this current edition, which saw the team's closest match be the quartefinals match against Hebitaka, which Sarzonia won by a score of 102-49, suggests a potentially different outcome. A Stars victory over TJUN-ia in the final, would complete their first-ever unbeaten run through the Aussie Rules World Cup. They would become the first team to win consecutive finals and the first team to win three Aussie Rules World Cup. Considering Sylestone's defeat in the quarterfinals and Baggieland's best outcome being a victory in the third place playoff after their loss to the Stars, it suggests the big three could really become the big one.

"This run has the potential to become similar to the run the basketball team had under the late Henry West in the early going of the International Basketball Championships," said Dr. Christian Clayton, a sports history professor at Woodstock City College. "That Stars team won four IBC championships and played in seven consecutive finals and they played in eight of nine. They even made the finals in IBC 11 and were still the No. 1 ranked team in the basketball multiverse after sitting out the 10th IBC." Would this Stars team compare to that one?

"It certainly has that feeling to it if the Stars are able to win," Clayton said. "Katie Sampson has done so much for the sport, but she's also done great things for women, even in a society that treats women equally. No one's questioning whether she belongs coaching men anymore. This team doesn't even have the same resources as countries where [Aussie Rules Football] is a major sport and Sarzonia currently enjoy a 25-3 record. She's built a programme that ranks up there with other much more high-profile sports. She definitely deserves a place in the Sarzonian sporting hall of fame, if nothing else."

Whether Aussie Rules Football will develop the traction needed to establish a hall of fame is another question. However, there seems to be little question that if the sport were to establish one, Sampson would be Sarzonia's first inductee in that sport.

"I wouldn't be surprised if they named the stadium grounds after her at the Hall of Fame," Clayton said.
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Baggieland 22.19.151 def. Ko-oren 11.10.76


Sarzonia 17.8.110 def. TJUN-ia 16.10.106

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Postby TJUN-ia » Thu Nov 18, 2021 4:27 am

SCHEDULE (Group 4, all games at the Maghas Amphitheatres, Maghas, The Alani)
MD1: vs Alice Bay (9) - Amphitheatre 2 W 14.12.96 def. 12.13.85 (2nd)
MD2: vs Ko-oren (5) - Amphitheatre 2 W 22.13.145 def. 6.10.46 (1st)
MD3: vs Illahee (UR) - Amphitheatre 3 W 20.14.134 def. 11.6.72 (1st/3-0/12pts/+172PD)
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QF: vs HUElavia (6) - Amphitheatre 4 W 19.15.129 def. 13.12.90
SF: vs Ko-oren (5) - Amphitheatre 2 W 19.16.130 def. 8.8.56
GRAND FINAL: vs Sarzonia (1, Champions of ARWC1 & 3) - Amphitheatre 1 L 16.10.106 def. by 17.8.110

A duel was fought at Amphitheatre 1. A duel we lost by 4 points.

Fair play to Sarzonia, they're #1 for a reason and deserve to be back-to-back champs.

At least we gave them their toughest test. At least we ascended to a new level within the sport by reaching this Grand Final.

We shall return to TJUN-ia with silver, just like Trent State before us.

But mark our words: David Scott and his Jaguars will be back.

GO JAGS!
1st: ECC4
2nd: NSCF24, ARWC4, WC:TOTS, IBC34, NSCF26, IBS17
3rd: ARWC3, IBC32, ECC3
4th: WBC50, IBC31, WBC52, IBC33, RLWC20
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T1: #07 Michael Stefan (6W)/#64 Alfonso Mercado (1W)/#03 Maddison Riley-Jones (S10 T2 Champion/1W-T1/3W-T2)
T2: #97 Robin Dragonovic [SNL] (3W [2 @JR])/#96 Alice Jepkosgei (2W)/#70 Gongming Gao [NCR] (2W)

WGPO: #11 Lane Carter (1W)/ #9 Batu Tüvshinbayar (WGP2 S5 Champion/1W)
NSTT: 3 S-Titles (3 RU)/2 D-Titles (2 RU)

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