AFL Japan GO League – Osaka Dingoes vs R246 Lions: Great Last Quarter for the Home Side

First match of the AFL Japan GO League’s 2020 season was played at Izumi Sports Village, Osaka on Saturday 18 January.


Osaka Dingoes hosted the game against R246 Lions in the cold winter night at five degrees.


The home side fielded the strongest team in the last couple years, while the Lions managed to bring eight players from their base of Tokyo.


Dingoes had believed to win with great efforts and moods due to the great team formation.


But opposed to home team’s wishes, the visitors showed better organised footy. They had good ball use with accurate kicks and handpasses. Also the Lions were brave laying tackles to be awarded free kicks.


Visitors had better running skills that brought them controlling footy. Their set shots were accurate and led the most of the match.


Unlikely comparing with Dingoes previous matches, tension occurred on field and some Dingoes were frustrated.


Three goals behind at the end of premiership quarter (third quarter), tide was changed at last.


Hosts took more control and spent more time in their forward line.


Former AFL nominated Matt Gale (player coach and the president of Osaka Dingoes) demonstrates his playing experiences with bagging six goals at last quarter.


He excelled in taking marks and shooting set shots. Dingoes’ midfielders kicked accurately to him and Matt took good leads.


Dingoes won by 17 points at final siren.


Osaka Dingoes 2.5 3.7 4.12 11.12 (78)
R246 Lions 3.4 5.5 7.7 9.7 (61)


At the end speech, both Dingoes and Lions showed great efforts to develop GO League and to play more games.


It was a great opportunity to play good footy for both sides.


I played at forward pocket as always. Having tried to play hard, I scored one behind. Even without kicking a goal this time, I felt I had improved playing footy with positive thoughts and look forward to the next opportunity on 28 March.



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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.


  1. John Butler says

    Good to hear that you’re fit and raring to go, Yoshi.

    Welcome to the new season! :)

  2. Well done, Yoshi!

  3. Mark Duffett says

    Great comeback by your mob, Yoshi. Hopefully the start of a good season.

  4. Great to hear you’re still full of enthusiasm for your footy Yoshi . I look forward to your coming posts this coming season. Cheers

  5. Good to have you back, Yoshi, and best wishes to the Dingoes for the new season.

  6. Hi and thanks for your comments!

    I am happy to get all your positive comments with warm words. We are in the middle of the winter break and back in training on 15 February, and I still hit a park when I have time to prepare towards the next game on 28 March.

    All the best to you all.



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