Dingoes and Goannas to contest Japan AFL 2012 Grand Final
The Japan AFL Top League 2012 Grand Final is to be played this weekend at the YCAC Ground Yokohama Saturday 27th October.
The season decider will be played out between perennial powerhouse Tokyo Goannas and reigning premiers Osaka Dingoes.
The Tokyo Goannas club was founded in 1991 to provide expats and other foreigners a chance to play Australian Rules Football and showcase the game in Japan. The club is community based and today still offers expats and other foreign workers in Japan a chance to play football. The club boasts an American, a Canadian, a Scot, a Pom and a Sydney Rugby convert as well as its share of expat Aussies amongst its players. The club has for many years been the powerhouse of footy in Japan with the club winning four out of five Japan Top League Premierships.
The tenth annual Bali Nines has taken place on 6 October 2012, being hosted by the Bali Geckos, a mostly expat playing group based in Seminyak. The original tournament was played in 2003, to commemorate the first anniversary of the Bali Bombings, in which 202 people died, including 88 Australians.
The tournament consisted of seven teams, vying for the coveted title, with teams from around Indonesia, from Australia and around Asia.
Chen Shao Liang was described by Kevin Sheehan as a "medium defender type with brilliant leg power. His vertical jump is in the rare category. A standing jump of 86cm and a running jump of 99cm at the China Combine in July were reflective of his background in volleyball and basketball. An exciting athlete that has excelled at school in short distance track events and displays a real desire to learn the game and improve. Is the first player to be selected from the AFL China Academy program in Guangzhou, Southern China
You can see him for yourself in the video news story below from Austalian TV Network Channel 9.
The Komazawa Magpies Australian Football team in Japan has links to Buddhism, as all the team’s players are either students studying at, or are graduates from Komazawa University in Tokyo, Japan.
Komazawa University is one of the oldest universities in Japan, established in 1592 as a seminary and a centre of learning for young monks of the Soto sect, one of the two main Zen Buddhist traditions in Japan.
World footy followers will recall East Timor/Timor Leste contesting the 2011 International Cup, the new nation’s first foray into International Footy, and the fledging AFL nation not managing to record a win, although we should be reminded that two of their losses were by only one goal. Some could say ‘not a very auspicious start to World Footy’, though we can now report of a real success story with an East Timorese connection.
The Western Bulldogs youngster, Lin Jong, who made his AFL debut in round 20 against Richmond is the first AFL player of East Timorese and Taiwanese descent to do so. He is very likely to also be the first to receive a congratulatory letter from a Prime Minister, officially being recognized by the Prime Minister of Timor Leste, Xanana Gusmao.
Although born in Australia, Timor Leste is the homeland of Jong’s father, his mother being Taiwanese. His parents met in Taiwan and came to Australia 26 years ago to start a family and he is very appreciative of the interest in his background, it is also remarkable that Lin only began playing football 4 years ago.
A new football club was born in Melbourne this week with the incorporation of the Masala Football Club. The intention is that it will be a club with a Subcontinental flavour.
The club is aiming to be a starter in the Club XVIII competition in the VAFA for season 2013. They are currently seeking a home ground in metro Melbourne and are working with local councils on securing one.
The club founders are: Ash Nugent (President), Trevor Banerjee (Operations Manager), Fevin Mascarenhas (Treasurer), William Fernandes (Secretary) and Shyam Sharma. Those names may be familiar to some of our readers. Ash (as well as being a long time writer and editor at WFN) was Team Manager for the Indian team at the 2011 International Cup. Trevor, Fevin and Will all played for India at IC11 and Shyam has previously represented India at Multicultural Cups.
Ash Nugent told us that, "the project is supported by the Richmond Football Club, although at this stage I don't know what that support will look like. We are currently seeking sponsors and will be looking for players in a few months. Potential sponsors should contact me directly. Players can do likewise or check out the club's Facebook page."
In the tradition of the annual ANZAC Day match, the Vietnam Swans have proposed that an annual AFL match be played on Vietnam Veterans’ Day to honour those who fought so bravely for their country. The proposal is for next year, as 2013 will mark forty years of Vietnamese-Australian diplomatic relations.
Vietnam Veterans’ Day is on the 18th of August, which falls on a Sunday in 2013. The planned proposal is to include a live cross for the minute’s silence from Long Tan, which is conducted at 3.30pm local time. This would then be telecast live on the SGC or MCG scoreboard at 6.30pm EAST.
The Swans have sent to the plans to several ministers and people in the AFL and AFL Chairman Mike Fitzpatrick is said to be “interested” in the proposal.
In one of the most tightly contested and entertaining tournaments of recent years, the Hong Kong Dragons have prevailed victorious, claiming the 2012 Asian Champs crown.
The nine competing teams from South-East Asian were treated to glorious sunshine and the pristine fields of the Thailand Polo Club as they arrived at the venue in South Bangkok. The two football ovals constructed side-by-side on the vast expanses of the Polo pitch were arguably some of Asia’s best Aussie Rules playing surfaces.
The tournament format saw each team square-off against four randomly selected opponents in a 2 x 10 minute half; round-robin format. The four highest placed teams advanced to a 1 v 4, 2 v 3 semi-final stage. A modest 2-3 goal breeze favoured one end, adding an extra twist to the games, the battle for each victory very much a tale of two halves.