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Goannas V Magpies: A Heated Affair

On a scorching Sunday morning, club President Tom ‘Bozo’ Bowes watched on proudly as 18 Goannas pulled on the red and white stripes – a squad larger in size than any team 5 years prior. A testament to the work and direction he along with the club committee have put in over the past few years….

Round 5 Goannas V Powers

Today’s Japanese word of the day is “Setsunai”.  The feeling you get from being sad that something you enjoyed so much, is over. A great day for footy.  Just a little hot, a touch of wind to take the edge off and a fantastic turn out by both teams set the stage for one of…

Round 4 Match Report: Goannas Vs Suns

  The Goannas win and lose as a team. That is how it has always been, and that is how it always will be. Yesterday, out on the windy plains of Edogawa river the Goannas faced last years premiers Tokyo Bay Suns led by the irresistible Masaya and Toyama both running off half back. It…

Round 4 Match Report: Goannas V Poseidons

It had been a month away from football for the Goannas when took the field on an overcast Sunday at Edogawa. Some claim Japan’s rainy season is to blame for the wait between games, others within the Goannas circle will be quick to correct that the time away from footy can actually be attributed to…

Round 2 Match Report: Goannas V Lions

A perfect day was the setting for the Goannas match against the 246 Lions.  A season after the most humiliating defeat of lizard-kind since snakes were cursed to slither on the bellies by God almighty,  the Goannas looked for some sweet, sweet payback. This match was always going to be a mission, as the Lions…

Warming Up To Deep Heat

  Since joining the Mighty Goannas last year Simon ‘Deep Heat’ Gray certainly has made an impression on the group. Beneath the fiery on-field temper and the fact he is a mad Bombers man, you’ll find a ripping team mate rediscovering his Aussie. We got a chance to meet with him this week to find out some important questions- including…

Round 1 match report: Goannas V Magpies

The Tokyo Goannas took the field on Sunday with an air of uncertainty.  Having lost Goannas legends Robbie Scarlett, Jimmy Morvell, Milts Richie -the brave- Binnie and Mikey Liddel; the first game of the season was always going to be a big task. The new look Goannas, marshaled by new manager and former referee Tom…

Goannas Season Launch – 2014 Reptile Redemption!

On Sunday April 6th the Tokyo Goannas successfully held their annual Season Launch Party at our fantastic sponsor pub Hobgoblins in Roppongi. The day started out with a big training session down by the river in Futakotamagawa. A solid group of players, including a few new faces, braved the less than ideal weather to hone…

Tom Bowes Bringing the Goannas Into Line

Meeting with Tom Bowes, the Goannas new coach, I admit to feeling a wee bit nervous. With a temper to match Charlie Sheen, and a stare colder than a VB fresh out the fridge, I found myself sweating during the interview and my hands were wrung until they were a meshed mass of flesh and…

Understanding Dan Last

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…

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