The Shanghai Tigers brought a big squad over and took on the Eastern Hawks in the days first game. The Tigers were pretty fired up from the opening bounce and played an aggressive style of footy and also set a bench rotation world record in a 20 minute period. The game was won easily by the Tigers and without going into detail they handed out a hammering to those hapless Hawks. It would later be discovered that the `root` (or lack thereof…) of their frustrations and aggressive playing nature were put down to Narita`s lack of `crumpet` the nite before… Better luck at the Asian Champs in Jakarta lads. The Goannas put together a healthy sized squad and it was good to see some fringe players and new faces put in the effort and rock up. Supercoach Smokin Pete in his third game in charge was fired up and completed his hatrick of pre-match rev up`s. Funnily enough a certain pattern has been prevalent in all of his speeches, all have included his constant and continual referral`s to getting laid or rooting. What this all actually has to do with footy still has us all miffed but it seemed to work a treat against the Tigers as we jumped them early for a handy lead. With Ballsax dominating the ruck contests he was giving the midfield plenty of quality taps as the ball was continually being pumped into the Goannas forward line. Rotten Ronny Rockstar and Donovan were proving a formidable duo and a constant thorn in the forward half (classic cliché 1!). The Pube was marshalling the backline with aplomb (classic 2) and even managed a stunning pirouette in a marking contest, surely something for the highlight reel. At half time we were about 20 points up and tucked into our well deserved oranges as Smokin Pete drilled us about the word `complacency`… and also about rooting and getting laid. The second half we never really took the `foot off the gas` (classic 3), which was pleasing. New recruit Neon Leon was proving a handful up forward and running amok (classic 4) with a string of quality goals whilst Lexamanis ran the game out well on a wing and dobbed (classic 5) a nice soccer goal at the death (spectators nearby say it should`ve been disallowed as it actually came off his snout). The Evil Grind made some big tackles and hits, Spacey put in one of his games but a true Spacey moment occurred when he ignored the whistle and took off around the wooden picnic table and played on…? In the end I think the margin was 27 points and a very pleasing victory. The second game against the Hawks proved to be a one sided contest. Some of the highlights included Damien`s tremendous rugby pass unsighted by the umpire which led to Pencil`s goal, Justin`s solid efforts down in the backline, the Beaver`s continual improvement and A-Dog`s first goal for the Goannas and A-Grade disgraceful celebration that followed. The margin was about 75 points in the end. All up lads it was a successful outing and it felt damn good to claim our first silverware for the season. The party kicked on at the Clubby into the wee hours and I have heard the China boys fared better with the locals in the Pong which was pleasing. Many thanks to the Shanghai Tigers for making the trip. We are planning a return leg later this year in China and look forward to the rematch in your own backyard. First we must get our hands on a pair of orange overalls, face mask and upright trolley for the Goannas favorite Hannibal, the Evil Grind. I don`t know how strict Shanghai Immigration Control is but we`ll be doing our darndest to bring our tour maestro along… Let`s start thinking about the Narita Cup now. This is gonna be huge and if you haven`t already set this weekend aside, do it now. Let`s all put in on the track, support each other and work together and come the afternoon of Sunday June 11th think how sweet it`ll be to drink beer outta the Narita Cup! Bring it on boys!