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It was back to grass roots football as the Tokyo Goanna’s and their loyal fans braved the cold, rain and a lot of mud to take on the Uni Boys in a scratch match at Tamagawa.

It was a great opportunity for the Goanna’s to stretch the legs and blow out a few cobwebs ahead of the start of the JAFL season and a chance for Channel 9 to come along, complete with compare and a very brave cameraman to film Aussie Rules being played in Japan.

After being rained out of playing at Kawaguchi our game was relocated to what can only be described as a horse paddock at Futako Shinchi.  Never the less, the rain and mud did not stop a great turn-out of new and old Goanna’s with two new Goanna’s pulling on the guernsey for the first time.  

After a slow start and quite a few very rusty kicks the Goanna’s got in the groove and the scoreboard started ticking over.  Rob Scarlett and Miltz again had the ball on a string, although it was the big men that contributed to the highlights reel with John “Fabs” Fabrici turning back the clock with a great diving mark with the flight of the ball and a goal from behind the center square and Sully and Tibba taking some great grabs up forward.  It was the usual suspects on the bottom of the packs with Travis, Mitch, Luke, the two Dan’s and Oges getting a lot of the footy and laying literally bone jarring tackles. 

A big thank you to Julien and James who made their debut’s.  Unlike Israel Folau and Karmichael Hunt, Julien proved that rugby players can cross over to the AFL … although his first possession would have made a Wallabies highlights reel!  James showed a lot of Canadian aggression at the ball and the man!

And a further call out and a big thank you to John from our main sponsor the National Australia Bank who umpired the game.

There were a few sore bodies after the game but the pain was quickly forgotten as the Goanna’s knocked back a few cold beers with the Uni boys and then continued onto Hobgoblin for some after game drinks.

The boys proved they are a force to be reckoned with this year and well and truly on track to take back the premiership in full Goannas style.

Big thanks to the supporters who came out and braved the cold and rain!