2007 Goannas Ball

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Goannas Ball 2007 

The 2007 Goannas Ball was held at the Australian Embassy on Saturday 23rd June. The Ball is the highlight of the Goannas social calendar each year and this years event was no exception with ninety or so Goannas members, and their friends and guests, descending upon the Aussie Embassy in their finest tuxes and frocks to celebrate the great game of Australian Rules Footy. The guests were treated to some variety-style entertainment by Asias number one running ruckman and sometime MC, the inimitable Adrian Archer (A-Dog). A-Dog took us on a journey down memory lane to the days of World of Sport with some quotes from footballs brightest stars. Ronnie Mitchell provided guests with an insight into the Goannas on tour and on match-day, with a montage of Goannas images to the sounds of the Choir Boys and their Run to Paradise. The Goannas were honoured that the Australian Ambassador to Japan, Mr Murray McLean, dropped-in on the Ball to express his support for the Tokyo Goannas, and to tell anyone that would listen that his beloved Cats were on track to take out the AFL Premiership. The Ambassador has been a consistent supporter of Australian Rules Football in Japan and it was great to see him attend the Ball. A-Dogs stand-up comedy aside, a highlight of the night for many guests was the drawing of the Goannas raffle. The raffle featured some seriously attractive prizes, including 2 return airfares to Australia on board Qantas, a weekend (two-night) package at Oakwood serviced apartments in Tokyo, and a mixed dozen of high quality Aussie wines. The Goanns would like to thank Qantas, and Oakwood Serviced Apartments, for their generous support to the Goannas raffle. First prize, drawn by Jasmine Zingg from Qantas, was won by Mayuko Harada. Second prize, drawn by Keren Miers from Oakwood serviced apartments, was won by newly-engaged member of the Tokyo Goannas, Michael Bowen. And third prize was won by Erin (ticket sold by Shane Rice). It was wonderful for all guests to hear Mayuko say that she intended use her ticket to visit Australia and watch a game of footy on her trip! Another highlight of the night was the vigorous bidding for the Goannas pack in the auction. The pack included a genuine National Australia Bank Sherrin match football – as featured in the 2007 AFL season; a signed Essendon jumper brought back to Japan by Michito Sakaki after he had done the 2006 pre-season with Essendon; a Goannas polo shirt; bottles of premium Australian wine and other assorted goodies. A-Dogs cattle-sale auctioneering provided the audience with a real taste of the Aussie bush and when all was said and done, the Goannas own human pin cushion and huge Bombers fan, Travis Wilson, had come out on top. The Ball also provided an opportunity for the extended Goannas family to farewell supercoach Michael Stones and lovely wife Jacinta. Mr and Mrs Stones are heading to Singapore and will be much-missed in Tokyo. The night ended with A-Dog serenading the crowd with strains from What a wonderful world. Thankfully much of the audience was sufficiently anaesthetized by that stage by the free-flowing premium Australian wines and beers (sing it again for us one-day A-Dog). With the official proceedings completed, a good proportion of the guests moved onto the after-party at the Baron grooving away to tunes until very early Sunday morning. I would like to say a huge thank you to the Goannas Committee for bringing-off a sensational night. It was a great team effort. The Goannas are now very much focused on having a real crack at the Asian Football Championships to be held in Bangkok on 14 July.

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