Understanding Dan Last

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Earlier in the week I got a chance to catch up with new Goannas president Dan Last who has taken over the post seamlessly this year from yours truly. There were some questions that needed asking and some rumors that needed setting straight. After a few toasty schnapps, Lasty was ready to open up and give an honest account of the q’s put before him.
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Q: Since the premiership in your debut year, you’ve lost Dan McGrath, Rob Scarlett, Jim Morvell, Mad Dog Milts, Dan Atkins, Mikey Liddell, and a lot of other important players. How do you hope to compete with such losses?
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Dan Last: That’s a handy list of players you mentioned! They are all sorely missed around the club, but the good thing about footy in Tokyo is that there are always new people looking to get involved. So far this year we have had record numbers and training and great interest from footy fans new to Tokyo keen to have a kick!  On field at the moment we still have some real strengths, particularly the extra running that our pre-season has included and our beefed up midfiel. That along with the old twin towers up forward (Turtle and Trav) and I think we might be able to take a few teams by surprise!
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The club has put a lot of faith in you believing you have reformed from your wayward ways since you were arrested. What are your thoughts?
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It was more of a detaining than an arresting. I guess volunteering for the top job is my way to make amends and prove that I am a thug no more… community service if you will.
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There was a rising unrest for a while that you will be adding a strip of black to the Goannas jumper. Any truth to that?
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If only. There were a few murmurings and a lot of strong support from members gone by (well basically just Appsy). But the new coach is a Sydney boy through and through so in order to get a run in the middle I have to try and keep him happy, so the Bloods jumper stays.
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Rumours were you were going to give Bash Brother a 3 week suspension for bestowing the nickname Telladega on you. Is that close to the mark?
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I don’t want Bash Brother’s name dragged through the mud. It was actually Hall of Famer Dan McGrath who stitched me up with that one. I thought when he retired it might go away.
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Who do you think are favorites to take out this years JAFL flag?
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Hard to go past the Suns again this year, but even though the Goannas are well and truly going through a good old footy cliched ‘rebuild’, I don’t reckon we will be too far off the mark. 
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Now that you have to be a solid citizen seeing as you’re the president, is there somebody who will fill your shoes and get arrested next?
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We had a pretty bad run with John Law towards the end of Last year so I think the Goannas have all been scared straight. That being said our reigning Kim Bebbington Medalist Evan Kerr was escorted home by a number of the boys in blue last weekend. One can only assume they just wanted to make sure he got home safely without being mobbed by members of his Japan Fanbase. Either way, the Goannas could do with a couple more lawyers on the playing and coaching roster just to be on the safe side.
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Who are the next generation of leaders in the Goannas you see coming through?
 
I love the enthusiasm of this year’s VP Dirky Van D – He’s always the first at training and the last to leave. Other than that Grant ‘golden fist’ Wales seems to have reinvigorated himself in the off-season, if you’ll indulge me in another footy cliche he is training the house down. I think he is sick of being a dour defender and wants some of the glory up there in the forward line with Lukey Eyes and Big Trav!
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What is the toughest moment you have endured as a Goanna thus far.
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I wasn’t a big fan of the 2 months rehab after my bicep muscle was being ripped from the bone. But the hardest part really is the behind the scenes effort that is required to make our big social events like the NAB Ball and Champange Grand Final Party work. The Ball was particularly stressful with all and sundry involved thinking about cancelling at the eleventh hour. Luckily my predecessor had the gumption to stick to his guns and go forward with the Ball and we ended up having the biggest, best and booziest ball in recent Goannas history!
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Why would anybody want to be a Goanna?
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Put simply, you won’t find a better group of people in Tokyo! Ask any expat who spent some time in Tokyo and got involved with the Goannas, without doubt they will tell you that it made the experience of living in Japan a whole lot more special. There is truly something for everyone; from the players, to the old boys, to the wives, partners, and friends who only prefer the more glamorous events, to the families who want to play Auskick. It is a stellar club to be a part of and I feel quite privileged to be leading us.
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What is your top 8 (AFL)?
 
Freo
Hawks
Port
Cats
North
Sydney
Suns
Eagles

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