Match Report – IMPACT Invitational Cup 2018

On Saturday, July 7th, the Osaka Dingoes created club history by hosting two international teams as well as 2 Tokyo based AFL clubs for our first ever IMPACT Invitational Cup Tournament held at the Canadian Academy in Kobe. It was the first time for the club to invite international footy clubs.

 

It had rained heavily in the Kansai Region the previous two days before the tournament and travel chaos occurred the day before causing train and bus services to be cancelled. Even I got a weather warning about the landslides around my apartment on Thursday night. An evacuation order was made by the Kyoto City Council that sent me to a nearby former primary school building for a sleepover.

 

After the discussion with the board members and players, we have decided to go ahead on the tournament.

 

The wild weather conditions made it impossible for some players from Tokyo and Osaka  to be present at the tournament. Subsequently, an instant merged team was formed by Tokyo Football Club (already having been merged by players from Tokyo Bay Suns, R246 Lions and Eastern Hawks) and Osaka Dingoes. We all were Dingoes for the day. Other participating clubs were the Singapore Wombats, Indonesia Volcanoes (merged team made up of the Bali Gekkos and Jakarta Bintages) and the Senshu Powers.

 

Due to the reduced number of participating teams, we narrowed the number of round games from 10 to six. After the Opening Ceremony, the first match started at 10:30 am played between Singapore Wombats and the Dingoes.

 

All matches were played two 12-minute halves with a three-minute break.

 

The Indonesia Volcanoes demonstrated attacking footy as well as forming tight defense lines throughout the day. Three former AFL players (Rick Olarenshaw, Chad Fletcher and Brian Lake) helped them to win games.

 

The Singapore Wombats brought 18 players into the tournament. They fought hard with defensive game plans in the wet conditions, which kept opposition forwards quiet.

 

The Senshu Powers are a University footy club and their young players demonstrated great ball handling  skills in the midfield with fast paced handpasses and kicks. Their on field performances were similar to the Western Bulldogs style footy in 2016.

 

The Dingoes fought hard with our ball use in the midfield and movement towards the forward line. Whilst putting much pressure on the opposition all over the field reflected our great efforts.

 

The Indonesia Volcanoes dominated the round robin matches winning all three matches, whilst the remaining 3 other teams shared a one win and two losses record. However, the Senshu Powers (77%) had a better percentage than the Singapore Wombats (71%) and the Dingoes (60%)

 

The Indonesia Volcanoes gave the Senshu Powers the opportunity to pick the best Japanese players to challenge the experienced Volcanoes in the Grand Final.
The Japanese side demonstrated fast paced ball handling skills and tackled the Volcanoes ferociously, but the Indonesians dominated the footy more and used their speed to score more goals.

 

The Indonesia Volcanoes won the first ever IMPACT Invitational Cup 2018 defeating the Senshu Powers 9.3 (57) to 2.1 (13). The Winner’s Cup was handed to the Indonesia Volcanoes during the closing ceremony.

 

At the closing ceremony, the Indonesian and Singaporean clubs mentioned how they were impressed with the skills and ability of the Japanese players.

 

The IMPACT Invitational Cup MVP was awarded to Senshu Powers’ ruckman, Kento Takahashi. The runner up was Bryce James from the Indonesia Volcanoes, and I got one vote.

Post Tournament Photo

 

After the Tournament, we hosted our Sportsman’s Night at our proud sponsor, the Blarney Stone Shinsaibashi in Osaka.

 

The live coverage of the Western Bulldogs versus Hawthorn was played on the big screen and we all enjoyed watching the professional game with food and beverages.

 

An interview to ex-players conducted by the Dingoes President and Player Coach Matt Gale followed. When introducing these three legends, I sang Essendon, West Coast and Hawthorn club songs in honour of premiership footballers.

 

Auctions were done after the interviews. Footballs used during the tournament signed  by Olarenshaw, Fletcher, and Lake, and footy guernseys were sold.

 

It was a great day for footy in Asia and everyone had great experiences. International players also enjoyed touring Japan.

 

My on field performances were much better than my first time playing footy at IMPACT Anzac Day Cup. I  chased the ball hard and touched the footy several times. During Round 6 against the Volcanoes, I kicked the first goal in my life and it was memorable. After the final siren, two Volcano players chaired me off which was great.

 

Score Board
Rd 1 Singapore 5.7 (37) def by Osaka 6.2 (38)
Rd 2 Indonesia 8.6 (54) def Senshu 4.2 (26)
Rd 3 Osaka 4.1 (25) def by Senshu 5.3 (33)
Rd 4 Singapore 2.0 (12) def by Indonesia 5.5 (35)
Rd 5 Senshu 3.1 (19) def by Singapore 3.2 (20)
Rd 6 Indonesia 9.6 (60) def Osaka 1.2 (8)
GF Indonesia 9.3 (57) def Senshu 2.1 (13)

 

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About Yoshihiro Imagawa

Love, passion and pride are seen on the footy that is the biggest part of my life. 1. St Kilda Club member: I am a passionate and crazy Sainter. Just hope we will win the second flag soon, especially after Dogs and Tigers having ended long premiership draughts. 2. The Osaka Dingoes Player and Public Relations Officer: Player number 44 that I chose to honour Stephen Milne with my wish being like a small forward like him. Lenny Hayes' hardworking attitudes are adopted on my trainings and practices. Nick Riewoldt's great plays are in my player audiobook too. 3. Writing: Here on the Almanac and also on the World Footy News. My skills utilise on great footy websites.

Comments

  1. Mark 'Swish' Schwerdt says:

    Well done Yoshi, well done indeed. I hear that Brian Lake wasn’t too pleased about the goal that you kicked against him.

  2. Rulebook says:

    Great stuff,Yoshi congrats on your 1st goal

  3. Thanks for your congratulating Swish and Rulebook!

    Swish, Indonesia Volcanoes who have got Brian’s help won the flag, so Brian was happy even I kicked a goal against him, I reckon. I talked to him and he is a nice bloke.

    Cheers

    Yoshi

  4. Yvette Wroby says:

    Good report and sounds like you had a great day and evening. Look forward to seeing you in Melbourne this week. Take care

  5. Thanks Yvette. It was great and fun. I want more games to play. See you soon in Melbourne.

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