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Japan win in first round at Arafura Games

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The Arafura Games are underway in Darwin, capital of Australia's Northern Territory. As discussed previously, the games have a proud history in international Australian Rules football. The Japanese Samurai are using the tournament to fine tune their play before the Australian Football International Cup in August. The first round of matches were played today.

Event organisers had hoped to see sides from Nauru and Melbourne Vietnam, but unfortunately they were unable to attend due to costs and player availability.

The competing teams in 2005 are Japan (see earlier story for squad details), NT Indigenous Development Squad, an NT Super Rules team and the NT Crocodiles. Matches are 4 x 15 minutes (no time on), and squads of a maximum of 27 players. The games are on at the Marrara Sporting Complex, scene of the opening ceremony and a fully flegded Aussie Rules oval (pictured), having hosted AFL matches previously, including a home-and-away match in 2004. All the games for the tournament are being played as double-headers in evening time slots. Balmy temperatures of around 30 deg Celsius are expected all through the tournament. The Opening Ceremony saw the stadium packed with spectators for the traditional Olympics-style introduction of athletes - that alone would be a wonderful experience for all the players.

In the first round (Sunday 15th May), Japan took on the NT Crocodiles at 7pm. The Samurai jumped out to a great start, perhaps surprising their Australian opponents, kicking 4 goals 3 behinds to no score in the opening quarter. They were never threatened after that, winning by 40 points.

Japan 9.7 (61)
NT Crocodiles 3.3 (21)

Japan

Goals - Jun Olkawa 2, Hiroyuki Shiba 2, Yuta Tsutumi 1, Takashi Yamazaki 1,
Yikihide Nishida 1, Toshihro Wakazwa 1, Kenta Sakatani 1

Best - Michito Sakaki, Hiroyuyi Shiba, Yuta Tsutsumi, Tsuyashi Kase

NT Crocodiles

Goals - Jason Broughton 2, Andrew Reid 1

Best - Andrew Reid, David Schroeder, Martin White, Jason Broughton

In the earlier match, at 5pm, the NT Indigenous Development Squad smashed the NT Super Rules side, winning by 125 points in the shortened format. World Footy News will try to find out more about this side, but obviously it's packed with talent.

NT Indigenous Dev Squad 18.18 (126)
NT Super Rules 0.1 (1)

NT Indigenous Dev Squad

Goals - Roy Kantilla 10, Braendon Talbot 3, Albert Tipungwuti 2, 
Noel Jones 2, Cameron Stokes 1

Best - Roy Kantilla, Braendon Talbot, Albert Tipungwuti, Cameron Mason, Curtley Reid

NT Super Rules

Goals - none

Best - Gary Lunnay, Justin Lefebure, Tim Story, Kym Cowan

Next up could be another win for the Samurai, with Japan vs NT Super Rules, and in the other match it's Indigenous Dev Squad vs NT Crocs, both on Monday night.

More details on the games can be found at the Arafura Games website.

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Japan win in first round at Arafura Games
Authored by: peter caldwell on Tuesday, May 17 2005 @ 04:40 am ACST

nice to read about the games although i could't read the scores or best players, but what has the cricket shot in fhoto got to do with the games?

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Japan win in first round at Arafura Games
Authored by: Brett Northey on Tuesday, May 17 2005 @ 05:18 am ACST

Peter, I'm not sure why you can't see the best players or whatever. I'm using Internet Explorer and that works fine. If anyone else can't then please post a comment here so we can work out why.

The picture is a file photo of Marrarra Oval, which is where the matches are being played. It just happens to have had cricket matches on when the photo was taken. The photo was included to give people an idea of the ground.



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Brett Northey - Co-founder of WFN, Chief Editor and Editor for North America

Japan win in first round at Arafura Games
Authored by: peter caldwell on Wednesday, May 18 2005 @ 07:02 am ACST

for people using mozilla firefox the text for the "best player" etc font size is too small to read properly. explorer works fine.

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Japan win in first round at Arafura Games
Authored by: Brett Northey on Thursday, May 19 2005 @ 06:05 am ACST

I'm told it is an issue with Mozilla Firefox. Basically that section of the text is unformatted and left up to the browser. Maybe it's an option in Firefox to set the font size for unspecified text?


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Brett Northey - Co-founder of WFN, Chief Editor and Editor for North America and Africa

Japan win in first round at Arafura Games
Authored by: Julian Clark on Wednesday, May 18 2005 @ 06:40 pm ACST

The photo can either show cricket players on a magnificent paddock (winter) - or footy players in a quagmire (summer).

The cricket shot (winter) is more indicative of what the Samurais are running around on this week