Predictions for Round 7, Octos, Quarters, Semis and Grand Final?
Any updates from the Eastside comp?
Also, I have heard rumours about the GPS competition returning back to its old way of delivering verdicts for debates with a panel of adjudicators. Can anyone confirm the legitimacy of this?
If this is true, we shouldn't be seeing a lot of the upsets and robberies we have seen happen in recent years, especially with High and Grammar losing to Newington, Shore. etc, etc. If it actually happens we should see an increase the quality of the competition.
Is this really true? I've heard rumours that the grammar team is just overcoached and all privately tutored by Daniel Yim.
Chief Adjudicator for ISDA this year is James Pacino. They were the Chief Adjudicator of CAS last year. I’d agree the topics haven’t been stellar this year - but topic quality in ISDA has been going down for a while.
Brendon Chen is the rightful captain of this team not Alex Bako.
This is the FIRST TIME in NSW History that a returning speaker of a National Champion team has not gotten Captaincy. Chen is the only returning speaker from the 2020 National Champion team and Bako is not since she was reserve team. Returning national champion speakers 100% of the time get captaincy over reserves - Ally Pitt, Dan Yim, Eden Blair, Imogen Harper, James Stratton are recent examples of this, even Andrew O’Keefe back in 1989. See https://nswdu.com/index.php/history/ .
Chen’s ‘Vice-Captain’ role is to cushion and hide the fact he was denied his Captaincy - simply because he goes to Grammar. Shameful anti-Grammar bias in this political, non-merit decision.
DebatingNerd, what’s the State Team cap per school? I’m now hearing rumours it is actually 2 per school. Can you confirm?
(a) the vice captain role doesn’t exist
(b) if you care about merit based decisions why would you insist the captaincy is decided based on a tradition?
(c) this kind of trolling is unfair on the debaters involved who are obviously all pretty good if they’re on the state team - I’m sure they’ll prove themselves solidly come NSDC