The venue was great with fantastic turf, something we are not used to. The Goannas were up third so we were in no hurry to start warm ups as there was a great need to keep our game plan a secret! Or at least not do too many “hammys” before the first bounce. The Goannas brains trust Richo, Sully and Nicko were huddled on the ground in front to the new magnetic board, while Jun Sekiguchi (The Gooch) was tireless in his taping of players, some winding up looking like mummies… Finally the taping was finished and the boys ran over for the pre-games photo. The sight of these lads with there bulging biceps, the smell of lineament and serious facial expressions were a sight to see.
Huddo led the warm ups and it was as professional as any AFL trainer would do. Unfortunately during the warm-up we had the first injury of the tour, poor Nicko, the best tour organizer the goannas has ever known, he was out with the knee injury he received two weeks before. Unfortunately he would not be the last of the day as the Goannas seems to drop faster than ducks on the beginning of the shooting season.
At half time we were confident but the pre-tournament expectations were slowly becoming a memory. Rondog was feeling very loose from the day before had to bolt to the mens rooms at half time. It was obvious the pre-game nerves were slow in reacting! The bright spot of the game were the Goannas Japanese legion held their positions with pride and courage with Toyama-san, Kuno-san and Kase were well on the way to a great day. Once again lady luck was not with us with again and we lost the general of our back-line Huddo with a hammy.
The Goannas eventually went down to the Garudas by a 5 goals so we had to pull something out of the hat to save the day!
Goal kickers – Sully 1?
Best players Carl, Huddo, Kuno, Rodey and yuta
Injuries – Huddo…the dreaded hammy
The Barbarians were a mixture of the left overs from the China reds, the student Samurais and Chinese with a sprinkling from the other teams. This was probably the game we should have had first to clean out the cob webs. The Goannas made a few changes and the game was a little easier than playing the Garudas with Ball sax and Big Mike dominating in the ruck, Toyama was carving out the flanks with help from Woodsy. A-dog was a revelation across half back as he managed to increase his stats by fumbling the same mark several times. The front line of the Goannas was working a treat with nozza, crazy horse and Dan A creating space. Brendan Bolton was our spear head and kicked a goal that he couldn`t believe. His mum and Dad were so proud! The ball kept coming forward and Dan A swooped on a ball that spilt over the back of the pack and kicked an easy goal in Steve Milne fashion.
Best Josh, Andy P, Toyama, Dan A and giffo
Goal Kickers – BB 1, Dan A 1, Josh 1, ???? 1
Injuries- Ronnie hammy, Dan A neck, Kuno (aka as sekiguchi for insurance purposes) cut chin…six stitches worth and a trip with Annmarree and Aoyama – knee
An American`s View of the Singapore Game
The Goannas started strong showing heart, courage and determination pulling ahead 13 – 12 in spite of injuries and some spotty officiating. Aericans love to verbally assault the refs at any opportunity ) though we did not emerge victorious we can hold our heads high, as we showed the good ol` American Ingenuity, guts and dignity in defeat ( with some trash talk in the tank for the next game) Great day of footy
by Hioyuki Toyama
Dan: (aka Appsy) I love it! (starter), I love it! (excited), I loooove it!?! (don’t you?), I love it? (questioning oneself), I love it!! (confirmation)
Huddo:”Dan spent 3 hours on the throne today with his pants up”
Frank the tank: “I played 2 years of NFL I should be better at this!! I tell you what – I am gonna do loads of training and come out next year and kick this F%#king ball over that bridge over there” [the bridge was about 1 km away]
Huddo:” the Germans absolutely kick it. They f**ken love it.”
Kayo (Appsy’s missus) to Rowey: “Appsy’s not my husband, he is my tenant, he pays the rent”
Rowey straightfaced to Oges: “Mate why would Appsy bring his landlord on a footy trip?”
Huddo and Ronnie on the TV piss trough at the Camel Bar
Huddo: “Its pissing down in Hamburg”
Ronnie: “Jeez I never thought I’d get to piss on a German soccer player in Shanghai” Boys in a dodgy backstreet vendor’s shop at the Bund;
Female Vendor: “This shirt is really nice and it matches your eyes”
Saxxy: “Yeah but its got cardboard stuck to it”
Female Vendor: “Don’t worry – it will disappear when you wash it”Saxxy: “Yeah but so will the shirt”
Captain Snooze to himself
`My hamstrings ar F- Huge – any wonder I don`t hurt them
Rodey to whoever during a half time break!
I`d be better at football if I wasn`t so intelligent!