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

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. 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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