Contributed by: Hiroyuki Toyama
The AFL Japan Cup 2013 is set to be held on October 5, Saturday at "Seimei No Mori Resort" in Chiba, Japan.
The event will be contested by 6 teams including international visitors the Box Hill North Football Club. The other 5 teams include an all local Japanese team, an all expatriate team, and a Japanese-Australian combined team.
The one day tournament will have 9-a-side games, structured in 2 divisions, 2 semi-finals, and a grand final. Leading Goal Kicker, Player of the Tournament, Best on Ground of Grand Final, and other awards are to be presented.
Box Hill North Football Club is a club with strong ties with AFL Japan accepting home-stay university students who are interested in experiencing Melbourne footy. The club was a regular of this tournament run by AFL Japan until the tragic earthquake in Eastern Japan on March 11, 2011. Making their return, they are hungry to take home to Australia the Tournament Cup of the largest footy event in Japan.
Local teams are ready to ambush their visitors though as the AFL Japan Top League are keen to showcase their ever improving quality. Top of the 8 team ladder this season is Tokyo Bay Suns, a newly formed team that only joined the league this year.
AFL Japan will communicate further details of this important event by late September.
World Footy News