Yesterday we had to ask for an early draw at the area contest due to two players having to get back for a concert. One of the other representatives at the draw disagreed as they thought that in such a large section it was putting other bands to a disadvantage, and they'd apparently turned down someone because if they had played their band would have needed an early draw too. I just wondered what other people thought: Is an early draw an advantage (didn't do us any good!) and should a band be allowed to ask for this? Or would a band give exactly the same performance no matter where in the order they played? Personally I think if we'd played 1st, 3rd or 16th we'd still have come in exactly the same place!!!