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Pilcher was watching the last jumps of round five on the large screen outside together with Lise Aune, Norwegian national coach and former member of the DeLand Norgies. All Majik members were watching the jumps being judged in small groups in front of the large screen. Pilcher explained that everybody felt the same way when France Maubeuge's round five was shown: "Why is France doing this?" This meant in other words why the world class team would jeopardize their score by playing with the video like this.
Majik was next on the screen. Pilcher's team mates had already told him that it was a great jump, one of the team's best performances in Croatia. Pilcher himself thought that it was a great jump after watching it on the screen: "It was a good clean jump. I was paying extra attention to Block 12, obviously. I was surprised that Graham was changing headings, since it did not look to me like it was necessary. On one of the block maneuvers Graham dropped a little bit. However, this particular one was not penalized." Pilcher said that the whole team was just as disgusted as he was when the scores came up.
The affair was not over with the penalties both France and Majik had received. Another incident stirred up the emotions even more. Pilcher went to check the internet when Majik started creeping the next jump. There he saw by coincidence what Omniskore had posted as a comment for round five. He copied the comment to his computer and went back to have the other Majik members read it. When he met the team, they were already formulating a protest based on verbal comments Wagner had made to DeLand Majik after the jump.
Overall Pilcher had his own conclusions: "I like Block 12. When I am coaching or judging as a spectator I have no problem identifying a center point violation. It is black and white to me. I think it is unfortunate that the teams feel it is necessary to play video games." Pilcher also thinks that the judges are going too far: " The judges now try to read the intentions of the competitors rather than judging the actual execution. There is nothing in the rules that says a cameraman cannot move around, as long as the angle allows proper judging."
Round seven has just been completed. The Russian Sky Panthers had the highest score with 28 points, and DeLand Majik is now six points ahead of France Maubeuge. They surely did move on. By the way: Majik's round five with the critical Block 12 is now on NSL-TV. Stay tuned.