The '06 Shamrocks team looks like it could beat up on most Elite teams, except the very top.
Being in the top 3 of the black doesn't mean you can hang in the elite division. Maybe you could beat the Falcons and the Bandits but thats about it. Doesn't make you elite because you can beat two teams. It's means they aren't elite either.
The Shamrocks couldn't beat the 06E Falcons. They were a sub- .500 team last season in Tier 1 B and couldn't even beat the Dual State River Hawks in parity, who only won 6 games all season in Tier 1 Black. They got waxed by the Tier 1-white bound Terriers (R) in the playoffs a few weeks ago, to finish 0-2 in the quarterfinal round robin of the playoffs. They've proven themselves to be an average Tier 1 team at best.