Almanac Football: IMPACT Anzac Day Cup Tournament 2018

The Osaka Dingoes hosted their second IMPACT Anzac Day Cup Tournament at Izumi Sports Village in the wider Osaka Region on Saturday, 21 April 2018.


Beautiful sunshine welcomed the Tokyo Goannas and a merged team of Tokyo Bay Suns, R246 Lions and Senshu Powers; all Kanto based clubs. The maximum temperature hit 26 degrees and that was too warm for playing footy.


The Osaka Dingoes President Matt Gale, made an opening ceremony speech honouring the Anzacs who served their country with pride and dignity. The speech was interpreted into Japanese by Yoshi Imagawa (the author).


The opening game was played by the Goannas and the merged side. The merged team mainly formed by Japanese players showed great ball handling with accurate handballs and kicks. The Goannas whose majority are expats fought hard, but the Samurais spirits went further.


In the following match, the hosting Dingoes faced the merged team. The Dingoes attacked hard with fast pace and went in to win their only match against the eventual winners by seven points.


The third match was played by the Dingoes and Goannas. Like the previous match, the Dingoes showed hungry spirits to win the game, but gave away a winning ticket to the Goannas.


All teams had the second round in the same order as the first round. On field performances in games were similar to the first round with bigger margins.


The merged team took a trophy to their home. Michito Sakaki from the R246 Lions was awarded an MVP of the tournament. He is a good midfielder and the best footballer in AFL Japan.


Here is the score board for matches.

Round 1

Merged Team 4.2 (26)
Tokyo Goannas 2.6 (18)

Osaka Dingoes 5.3 (33)
Merged Team 3.8 (26)

Tokyo Goannas 4.7 (31)
Osaka Dingoes 4.1 (25)

Round 2

Merged Team 5.8 (38)
Tokyo Goannas 1.1 (7)

Merged Team 5.4 (34)
Osaka Dingoes 3.2 (20)

Tokyo Goannas 10.3 (63)
Osaka Dingoes 0.2 (2)




My debut game was not what I had wanted. I tried hard, but ended up not touching footy.

I just don’t get used to the sport. I need to read the ball movement and to get used to situations how balls are moving. Also I need to get rid of fears.

Before the tournament, I had practised hard with having a fractured finger bone to be able to play well. But reality check and patience are needed.

My teammates encouraged me well with advice that I should not worry too much. Other boys have been to the same path.

I confess that I was shocked, but I will be learning from the match and keep positive and practise more. And I need more experiences as other players advise me. My goal of being a small forward like Stephen Milne still is the same.




Yoshi’s Dingoes guernsey front

Yoshi’s Dingoes guernsey back

Yoshi’s brand new Dingoes guernsey











About Yoshihiro Imagawa

A Japanese Saints diehard with huge passions. The Western Bulldogs won the flag in 2016 and Richmond followed in 2017, so why not St Kilda in 2018? Like my St Kilda, I strive and work hard to achieve my life goals both in profession and my private life. Sadly I missed watching footy while my favourite Nick Riewoldt was playing and when St Kilda had Anzac Day clashes in Wellington. But I am excited to be back in Melbourne in July 2018 for two St Kilda matches. Now I am a player for the Osaka Dingoes Footy Club, as well as a public relations officer. My stories of footy in Asia including the Dingoes news can be found on World Footy News.


  1. Yvette Wroby says:

    Well done for having a go Yoshi . It is not an easy game to play. Love your persistence too. Keep trying.

  2. Thanks Yvette. I keep trying and do the very best at the next game. I need more experiences.

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