A great start to 2017 season for the NAB Tokyo Goannas. Here is how Goannas Media saw it.
Photo credit to the Peter "Snappsy" Apps.
2. Tap Tap Tappy. Tap Tap Tap-aroo.
Speaking of Sam Onigiri-dello, the Peter Wilson Medallist did not skip a beat on Saturday night dominating in the ruck and playing 95% game time. With his big man providing the Goanna’s midfield service like this, Lasty would be salivating at the thought of the remaining rounds in the 2017 JAFL Premiership Season.
3. A Roccy (kick)start? Sending out a Sausage Saloon SOS!
While the coach would have been delighted with the bag of five from 2016 Kim Bebbington Medallist, Andy Last, he would equally concerned with Owen Kearney’s set shots on goal. With four points for the evening, Lasty will no doubt be enquiring as to the availability of Sav Rocca to aid Boots’ woes in front of goal. The Fans, however, will be enquiring as to the operating hours of the Sausage Saloon and the possibility of the enigmatic small forward returning to Futakotamagawa in 2017.
4. Much Doge. Such Contest.
Be more Big Dog. Dial D for Dog. The house has been trained down. After a big pre-season, big Dougy Bonham looks as though he is about to rip the competition apart in 2017. With repeat efforts like those demonstrated on Saturday night, the ever-commanding presence up forward will bring a smile to the faces of the Goanna’s mosquito fleet.
5. Anyway, the best form of offense is a good defence!
There is an age-old debate in sporting circles concerning offence and defence. Some will argue that defence wins premierships, while others will argue the Vince Lombardi line that ‘the best defence is a good offence’. While Round 1 may not settle this debate, it is hard to argue with the Goannas’ defensive duo of Ijuy ‘Yuuuuj’ Otomamay and Chris ‘Chap laps in my Calais’ Murray. The two generals were outstanding down back and, with only 11 scoring shots against the boys in the red and white, will provide opposition coaches with many a sleepless night.
6. Nuit blanche in Tokyo
Ahead of the opening bounce on Saturday evening, some Goannas’ fans may have had the trepidation that their opening of Season 2017 may coincide with the late arrival of sakura in Tokyo. However with hanami done and dusted, their heroes allowed for no such disappointment courtesy of some exemplary gut running from captain, Dan Last, Daud Haugherty and Takayuki Enomoto. In a debut that showed such poise, hearts were in mouths when the young wingman went to ground late in the last quarter. With the team’s worst fears later confirmed, Goannas Media wishes to take this opportunity to wish Taka well in his recovery!
8. “Back in my day...”
On the topic of veterans, JAFL crowds will be pleased at the sight of Goannas’ elder statesmen Travis ‘Arms’ Wilson and Alex ‘the pest from the West’ Wyatt going around again in Season 2017. In a special moment pre-game, the usually tenacious key forwards took on a more patriarchal tone providing sage advice to the young Goannas’ debutant, Taka Enomoto. Post-game, they no doubt would have been lamenting some of the 2017 rule changes as further evidence of the game ‘becoming soft’. Don’t get them started on fluoro boots or Snapchat.
9. The shameless plug isn’t dead.
Cometh the four points, cometh the Magners Original Apple cider. The enjoyment of sharing a win with a Magners cider is tantamount to using the NAB Mobile Banking app to pay for your Tokyo Goannas membership; to watching footy in Japan with your mates at the Hobgoblin, Roppongi; or even, sculpting Travis Wilson-like guns with the team down at TokyoFit.