Hello dear friends,
Watching the final games of WHBPC we are a few that noticed something really strange happened:
The duration of the RastaRocket-Mongrels game (winner’s bracket one) is extremely long.
We took time to double-check it, counting only the “playtime” and trying also to let the clock turn for the whole game, the conclusion is that there’s at least 9minutes of playtime that shouldn’t happen. The result didn’t change anyway:
-at the end of “20min, stops for the two last ones” the score is 3-2 for RastaRockets.
-At the end of the goldenGoal, the score is 5/4 for Rasta Rockets.
The “only thing” that changed by adding at least 9min of playtime + a golden goal is that Quentin Bouchard injured himself, and couldn’t play the rest of the tournament. That’s a shame.
The few of us who noticed this situation think it is a really tough situation in a competitive aspect. at such a level, we’re not able to provide a clear duration game. We talk of extending the duration of the game of almost 50%. It is clearly unfair.
Even if the game result wasn’t changed, the rest of the tournament is. The two teams thatt played in the winner’s bracket final didn’t have the same amount of polo time behind them, because someone decided (or not) that one game should last longer than what was planned.
Was it a mistake? Was it to help a team win? Was it a lack of concentration? we’ll never know, and it is not the purpose of this message.
The purpose is more : What’s the point of a 40pages ruleset If we cannot afford ourselves the basics of any sports. What’s the point of travelling all over the world for such unfair situations ? Offering the same amount of time to every team, following what was announced is such a basis to offer a fair tournament, way more important and obvious than any calls from the ref …
The point then : How do we ensure this doesn’t happen again ?
Here’s the first tought we had: At any EU/NA/Worlwide competition level, we should provide a timeBoard that everyone can see. It might be a step forward for players who won’t have to ask every minute to the ref how much time’s left, It would also benefit spectators, who will get a better comprehension of what’s happening. And of course, it will protect us from such a situation, which ended to an injury.
If you guys have any other ideas on how to prevent this to happen again on the future, it’d be a pleasure to find a solution together
If needed, I can provide timecodes from the livestram, but you can also figure it by yourself.
I hope we all get how important such a situation is, but also how easy it could be to fix it in the future.
PS: I didn’t know where was it appropriate to post, so I created a topic. I don’t want to noise the thanksfullness of WHBPC topic