The Goannas and the Irish had great friendships in the starting years of football in Japan and this led to the beginning of the Ned Kelly named after the famous Australian Bush Ranger.The instigators of the game Gerry Moran and Niahil Day of Paddy Foley’s fame. The format of the game was two halves one with the round ball and the other with the Aussie Rules Ball. The game was played twice a year once near St Paddy’s day and the other when the Goannas were playing football in November. They were always great days and a lot of fun. Unfortunately the games ceased in 2006 but we hope to reintroduce the tradition.
The Cup began in March 1993. Two games were played its inaugural year—March and November.