Darby Loudon (17)
I'll go back an read my earlier comments however I do not think I ever attempted to justify the number that SPC got selected as being accurate, correct, fair or justified. I simply stated what I knew.
You are correct, I am not a selector, nor do I have a son at SPC. I am an old boy from long ago and do not have any active affiliation with the school. I remember getting belted 50+ by SLC & MCA and truely regretting my chosen sport after playing St Edmunds at Ipswich one particularly day. To get two players nominated on the reserves bench out my 1st XV team was a big deal. I now live in Toowoomba and have not seen an AIC game at all this year, I do have well placed sources at MCA, SLC & Villa.
I personally do not think it is healthy for the competition to have one school so heavily represented, no matter the school. I would like a little more acknowledgement that SPC is no longer the easy beats of the competition, though still lack depth in some age groups. I too struggle to believe that MCA did not get a better run at the selection table. I can only think that a number of players had declared themselves as unavailable? It is overly simplistic to say that MCA beat SPC at home so therefore they deserve more. The season as a whole needs to be reviewed and performances across all games considered. It needs to be remembered that three teams had great seasons, only losing one game each all season so a more balanced assessment should've been reached.
So enjoy dissecting the selections, but remember they are only boys, barely young men, so please measure your comments.
Thanks Thommo, that's a good and fair response.
However, I don't think I was being unreasonable or simplistic in suggesting that SPC has been massively over-represented on this occasion.
I happen to genuinely believe that MCA was the better of the two teams both individually and collectively, as borne out by the result of the game between them, but that's purely my opinion.
I will eventually find out what really happened with the AIC selections from own sources, but match day selections and results for the team in the interim will be extremely interesting.
It suffices to say that, ultimately, the selectors are going to be made to look either very good or very foolish by the team's performance at the upcoming trials.