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In atrocious conditions on Sunday 19th November – it was cold, wet, windy and muddy – Goanna class and determination shone brighter than the weather as we hoisted the Japan AFL Premiership Cup. A convincing 8-7- 55 to 2-7- 21 victory was never in doubt, after kicking 4 goals with the rain in the 1st quarter and then keeping the Hawks goal-less up to half time. It was a slog of attrition in the 2nd half with willing bodies sliding and slipping across the muddy ground – not a great spectacle of long kicking and speccies, but rather tough inside and under work, bodies on the line and determined tackling. In the great ol’ Under 12 tradition, a true team effort but notable mentions to Ronnie for his 5 goal standout performance, Jacko’s handling skills and commitment at the man and footy, Ricey’s mopping up across the ground, Flanno and Dan’s hypothermia, Saxy everywhere, Justin’s dash n bash, and on and on and on . . . special thanks also to Roger, Coach Mick, Annmaree, Jacinta, Steven, Shep, Bevo, Mika, Emma and Midori for sideline support in such miserable conditions. We took over a fine yakitori place for a few hours for some post game celebrations before players gradually snuck home – some earlier than others. Full match report in the season ending Bungara next month. Pres Hegs