The rhetoric before these Commonwealth Games from those in the know was cautionary. Don't expect the gold rush of Delhi, they warned. England, riding the wave of the London Olympics, have us in their sight.
On that count, at least, they were right. What ensued was Australia's worst overall performance since 1986, the first time since they were last in Scotland that year that top spot on the medal table has been relinquished. England once again are kings of the old Empire.
What will follow is introspection and inquiry, although not high alarm. Glasgow was the first Games in 64 years without a weightlifting gold medal, the worst ever outing given the number of events by a gymnastics team, the least successful triathlon performance ever and the poorest wrestling showing since 1970. Even in athletics, beset by controversy, Australia's yielding of eight gold medals was the most modest return since Edmonton in 1978.
Medal counts, Australia's chef de mission Steve Moneghetti consistently said over the previous 11 days, aren't the be all and end all, just numbers on a piece of paper . Yet under the federal government's aspirational post-London funding policy, they're just about everything.
It is why the sporting teams that bombed out in Glasgow will be under the microscope in the near future.
"We're pretty happy with the overall performance of athletes generally, but certainly there are some sports in an evaluation sense will look back and certainly dive into a bit of detail," said Australian Institute of Sport chief executive Matt Favier.
"With some sports we'll be having conversations with them around their performance here, and what does that indicate for us as a nation with regards to Rio."
Favier, whose agency is charged with divvying up $120 million in high performance funding to sports, says Australia's overall medal count fell at the mid point of their expectations; the gold medal haul at the lower to mid range.
He was buoyed by Australia's performance in shooting, track cycling, boxing and the improvement since London in swimming, and not shocked by overall demotion at the hands of England,
"It's not unexpected," Favier said. "We always imagined that on the back of London, England and certainly Scotland would be a lot stronger than they have been in recent times. It's been one of the most competitive Games of recent times.
"We're confident that for 2018, and on the back of further progress under the 'Winning Edge' strategy, that we'll reclaim the No.1 position and we certainly expect those sports that have performed below expectations here we'll work very closely with them to address it.
"We've also got to be careful we don't start jumping at shadows here. In some cases there are some injuries that you do need to consider. There are some considerations, however, about what went wrong and we will certainly evaluate that with those sports."
The medal count will not be the only subject of post-Glasgow talks with sports. Other issues that confronted the Australian team here over the past fortnight - notably the Eric Hollingsworth fiasco in athletics and squash player Zac Alexander's last-minute exile from the team - will also be on the agenda.
"We would want some assurances that that won't happen again," Favier said of the spat between Hollingsworth and Sally Pearson that led to the track and field head coach's sacking.
"Governance cuts across all sports and certainly in the case around athletics in particular, and what has happened over the last week, is an example of a thing that we need to avoid in the future."
The next round of high performance funding - the lifeblood of amateur sports not propped up by huge television deals - will not be finalised until June 2015. Its allocation will depend principally on prospects for the next Olympics, and the report card from the Commonwealth Games will be key in determining where the money is heading.
Favier admits, though, that simply throwing more cash at sports that performed well in Glasgow, and stripping money off those that didn't, is not necessarily the way forward.
"I think some sports would rightly say 'Well, we don't have the right amount of resources to be able to generate a better better performance than we've done'," he said. "And we need to acknowledge that as well."
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