The Tokyo Goannas won the International Cup for the first time, in wet and slippery conditions over the June 10-11 weekend at the Radisson Hotel Ground, Narita. We comfortably defeated Box Hill North 10 (goals)-18 (behinds)- 78 (points) to 6-10-46 in the Grand Final to remain unbeaten through out the weekend. Goannas Coach Peter Hosking said, It was a terrific effort over 6 games of tough and competitive Aussie Rules, to finally take out the International Cup after a few disappointing carnivals in recent years. The enthusiasm and commitment of the lads was excellent with everybody listening to my instructions – as a coach you cant ask more than that. Qualifying rounds on Saturday saw each team (Goannas, Japan Samurai A and B, Box Hill North from Melbourne, Australia, Eastern Hawks and Osaka Dingoes) play one another in 2 x 9 ½ minute halves. With about 18 players – one of the biggest squads in recent memory, the Goannas were able to rotate players and give everyone a game. An easy round 1 win against the Sams B, was followed by a close win over Box Hill in game 2; a tough and gritty defeat of the Sams A, was followed by some clinical passages against Osaka; but the Goannas then had a tired but scratchy win against the Eastern Hawks in the final game of the day. After a few Hardys Wines, Fosters and Australian BBQd Meat on Saturday night, Sunday saw the squad arrive at the ground minus a few players who were suffering some injuries, but nevertheless, we comfortably defeated Box Hill North 10 (goals)-18 (behinds)- 78 (points) to 6-10-46 in the Grand Final to remain unbeaten through out the weekend. Highlights included: Arms Saturday night drinking heroics & failing to show up on day 2 – too much red wine and why the extra hotel cleaning bill? Red bean paste apparently . . . Damian Dolly Dunn taunting the Box Hill players for leaving the poolside party early, by calling them princessesand fairies and then failing to show up himself to day 2. Travis starring in the GF on one leg and with a golf ball sized lump on his right elbow – inspirational.
Narita Cup Winners and Runners-up
Pre-2002 Narita Cup was an Australia vs Japan event in Sugadaira.