The Tokyo Goannas social calendar opens up with a great opening party, this year sees Hobgoblin host our big event with a BBQ on March 31st, 2012, Round one of the AFL Calendar. The Goannas opening party is an chance for veteran Goannas to say g’day to old mates and welcome new players and Goannas suppoters into the club. All AFL games will be broadcast and the Goannas opening party is always a sensational start to the year.
The Tokyo Goannas play regular games against the other six teams in the Japan Australian Football League (JAFL). The JAFL season is played from late Spring through until Autumn with a break for the hottest part of summer coinciding with the Australian AFL season. The other six JAFL sides, hailing from Tokyo through to Nagoya and Osaka, are made up of both Aussie expats and local Japaneses alike. Goannas matches are held on a number of grounds around Tokyo plus the away games where the Goannas battle it out against Osaka and Nagoya on their home turf. Games are always competitive but played in good spirit and the Goannas players and supporters love to share an ale and a laugh after the final siren.
Training normally takes place on a Sunday afternoon and from 2012 will be held in the heart of Tokyo at Tokyo International School in Mita. Its a great oppotunity to run a few cobwebs out and enjoy a kick of the footy and for the newcomers to learn the skills of AFL footy.
Anyone that is keen to come down for a kick, players of all ages and skill levels are always welcome at the Tokyo Goannas. Don’t hesitate to get in touch with us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, watch the blog for upcoming games , training and Goannas social events.
In the old days the boys would huddle around a short wave radio and listen to their team in a park with a few coldies. These days the Tokyo Goannas enjoy watching live AFL footy every week during the AFL season at our new stylish clubrooms – Hobgoblins in Roppongi. It is great way to spend a Friday night or a weekend afternoon watching the footy, enjoying a beer and maybe having something to eat off the great pub menu. Bring your Goanna’s Membership Card to enjoy ¥700 pints of Sapporo or Heineken, and why not try thier Parma n Pot deal for just ¥2000?
The highlight of the Tokyo Goannas social calendar is the annual Black Tie Goannas Ball held at the Australian Embassy. While it is a great oppotunity for the boys to get dressed up it is the Goannas Ladies that steal the show year after year. Check out the Gallery for some great pictures from previous years events. The Ball includes entertainment throughout the night including auctions of AFL merchandise, raffles of prizes donated by our great sponsors and as well as great music throughout the night. Watch the Event Calendar for details of this years event and be sure to mark it in the diary early as its an event not to be missed.
The best way to enjoy the last Saturday in September in Tokyo is undoubtedly with the Tokyo Goannas annual AFL Grand Final Breakfast. Starting with a traditional Grand Final breakfast and culminating with watching the crowning of the best team in the AFL, it is an event not to be missed at Hobgoblin, and always promises to be a sellout crowd in full footy swing. Be sure to watch the blog for details of the day and also don’t forget to check previous AFL Grand Final events in the Gallery.
The Australian and the Irish communities have a long association in Japan. The Ned Kelly Cup has a long history and is a chance for the Tokyo Goannas to pit themselves against the Irish in the international game. This festive event is a great oppotunity for people from opposite sides of the globe to get to know one another and is always followed by a few social ales. While the Goannas haven’t traditionally been that successful on the field but they have done well in the drinking and the singing.
The Japan Cup is one day cup carnival featuring teams from all over Japan and sometimes from overseas, notably Box Hill North from Melbourne. A great day of AFL football, The Tokyo Goannas have been very successful over many years. For the History of the International Cup
Since the early days the Goannas have travelled to many cities thoughout Asia and even home to Australia. 1999, marked the first year of the Asian Football Championships. An annual weekend of footy, it has since featured teams from all parts of Asia and the middle-east including Singapore, Bali, Shanghai, & Dubai to name just a few. The Goannas have participated several times including trips to Manila (finishing third), Jakarta and Bangkok. These trips are a great chance to meet other Aussie rules players and supporters from all over the Asian region and to promote AFL footy.
The JAFL’s night of nights, members of all JAFL sides gather to look back over the season. Counting the umpires’ votes for the best and fairest always adds excitement to a terrific night.
An institution for the Goannas, the afternoon starts with the various awards for season including the voting for Goanna’s best and fairest award the Kim Bebbington Medal. Additonally at the AGM the years committee is dissolved and we welcome a new committee voted in by the AGM attendees.
From Saitama down to Chiba,
Across the Kanto Plain,
The Tokyo Goannas are the boys
Who know the game.
From the land down under,
Aussie Rules is what we play.
Excitement, skill and action.
The great Australian game
We’re the Tokyo Goannas
We’re proud of who we are.
The Tokyo Goannas
Champions, yes we are!
We’ll fight it out,
We’ll not say die,
Until the siren blows!
We’re the Tokyo Goannas,
Let everybody know.
We’re the Tokyo Goannas
Go Goannas! Go!